BOSTON -- Whatever the root cause may be, lately there seems to be some sort of jumper-cable spark to the Bruins' sense of urgency in the 11th hour.
Last week, it was David Krejci redirecting a soft Adam McQuaid wrister from the point with 0.8 seconds left to snatch two points from San Jose. Thursday, it was Zdeno Chara who netted a tying power-play goal against Anaheim with 2:50 left in regulation.
After an interference call on Anaheim winger Patrick Maroon and with the Bruins down 2-1, Milian Lucic scraped Krejci's won faceoff away from the Ducks' Francois Beauchemin, centering it into space near the blue line. Puck-moving defenseman Torey Krug charged toward the loose puck and heaved a wrister at goaltender Jonas Hiller, getting a tip from a screening Chara in the low slot. From there, Krejci slid the rebound between the legs of Cam Fowler to the wide-open weak post, where Chara easily tapped it home for the power-play goal and 2-2 tie.
"There was a loose puck up top and Looch was in the battle, and I saw they had a third guy coming in to the battle and I kind of retreated," Krug said. "I saw that he slid and lucky enough, I was able to keep the puck in and I knew they had three guys up high and Z [Chara] was down low.
"Any time Z is down there it's a good chance for our team. So I just threw it at the net, it didn't have to be hard. He got a good tip on it and Krej made a great play to get it over to him."
After a scoreless overtime, Jarome Iginla, who scored his first goal as a Bruin in that wild finish against San Jose, came up big again in the shootout. In the second round, Iginla went glove side on Hiller and the Bruins won the shootout 1-0 after a final attempt from Ryan Getzlaf hit the crossbar.
Asked if he felt fortunate to come out of Thursday's game with two points despite another sluggish start, Bruins head coach Claude Julien wouldn't go that far.
"I don't know if I'm going to say fortunate," he said. "I think we worked hard and when you look at how we were in the second period, we had a lot of offensive zone time in there. I thought we had some chances. I thought again, that goal in the last 20 seconds of the second would have probably broken a lot of teams' backs; didn't break ours. We came back out in the third and fought. I'd rather give my team credit for this one than say we're fortunate.
"I'm not going to stand here and say we're playing great hockey because, as I mentioned before, it's a game of momentum and right now the momentum is not quite where we'd like it to be. We played a tough game yesterday in Pittsburgh and I think it took its toll on us a little bit. And for us to come out here and play a gritty game and then battle right to the end to win this one against a team that was fresh and waiting for us here, if anything I'd say it was a real gutsy effort on our part."