The example of Murphy’s Law that is the 2014-15 Boston Bruins season really outdid itself Monday night.
After bouncing back from Friday night’s embarrassing loss to the Canucks with an inspired effort through two periods, the Bruins saw Calgary march back to tie the game in the third period and beat the B’s on a flukey goal with less than two seconds to play in overtime.
With the final seconds ticking down, TJ Brodie tossed a lazy backhand shot towards the net from a bad angle that went off Brad Marchand‘s stick and up towards the net, then hit the top of the net and Tuukka Rask‘s back before finally going in to give Calgary the 4-3 overtime win (box). The loss was Boston’s fourth straight (0-3-1) and fifth in the last four games (1-4-1).
After pulling Karri Ramo following Boston’s third goal, the Flames and Jonas Hiller did not allow another goal as Calgary scored three unanswered goals in regulation to tie the game and force overtime.
The Flames finished their comeback on a power play goal after David Pastrnak took a high-sticking penalty with 14:42. Norris favorite Mark Giordano fired a snap shot from the top of the zone that went off Jiri Hudler in front and past Tuukka Rask to make it 3-3.
The Bruins will next play Wednesday in Edmonton.
Here are four more things we learned Monday:
Kevan Miller left the game late in the second period and did not return. The second-year NHLer took a hit midway through the second that could have led to his exit, though he took two shifts after that.
Miller missed 12 games earlier this season with a dislocated right shoulder suffered in a fight on Oct. 18. He admitted recently that he will need offseason surgery on the shoulder and that he has been advised to not fight the rest of the season.
Matt Bartkowski’s lengthy stretch as a healthy scratch ended at 17 games Monday when Claude Julien inserted him into the lineup in favor of Adam McQuaid.
Bartkowski played on Dennis Seidenberg‘s pairing, as he did for a six-game stretch back in late December. He had an ugly go of it as he left Jiri Hudler all alone to score the Flames’ second goal, which made it a one-goal game in the third. He played only three more shifts in the final 16:38 of the third period, but Julien gave him a shift in overtime with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson.
PENALTY KILL STRIKES AGAIN
Bergeron and Marchand connected for their second shorthanded goal in less than a week when Bergeron picked off a T.J. Brodie drop-pass in the neutral zone and flew into the Calgary zone while Chris Kelly served a holding penalty. Bergeron then fed Marchand, who finished the play for his 16th goal of the season.
Last week against the Stars, Marchand assisted a Bergeron shorthanded goal early in the second period against the Stars.
STEP FORWARD AND BACK FOR HAMILTON
Dougie Hamilton made a regrettable pass across the front of the net the first period Friday that turned into a Shawn Matthias goal. Hamilton had a much better first period Monday, as he took a pass from David Pastrnak on the wall, wheeled behind the net and fed Zdeno Chara, who blasted a slapshot past Ramo to make it 2-0.
Unfortunately for Hamilton, the good vibes wouldn’t last, as he got turned around a bit as David Jones took the puck behind him on the way to the net before scoring to cut what was then a three-goal Boston lead to two. Hamilton also had a bad giveaway to Curtis Glencross late in the third period.