David Schlemko scored in the eighth round of the shootout and the Bruins had to settle for a single point, losing to the Calgary Flames, 4-3, at the Garden.
Patrice Bergeron scored the first goal of the shootout in the seventh round, but Josh Jooris tied it up and, after Milan Lucic was thwarted by Karri Ramo, Schlemko, claimed off waivers by the Flames on March 1, beat Tuukka Rask for the win.
The B’s had taken two one-goal leads but couldn’t get rid of the pesky Flames. And then the Flames got a third period power play after Matt Bartkowski tripped Johnny Gaudreau. The B’s thought both players should have gone, as Gaudreau did get a little air under his fall, but not only did the former Boston College star not get penalized, he gave the Flames a 3-2 lead, beating Rask on a nice snap shot.
The B’s tied it at 3-3 at 11:40 when Loui Eriksson, who had missed a wide open net earlier in the period, scored on a rebound.
Brad Marchand then hit a post and Eriksson missed another good chance before regulation was out.
The Bruins started well and played a strong first 17 minutes, but they had nothing to show for it by the end of the period.
They did take a 1-0 lead on a goal by Brad Marchand at 7:46. Patrice Bergeron’s tip of a Dougie Hamilton shot went wide, but Marchand was there to collect it and score his 19th of the year on the wraparound.
It then looked like the B’s were ready to blow the Flames out. Daniel Paille got robbed by goalie Karri Ramo off a great set-up from Eriksson and, on the B’s only power play, Carl Soderberg just missed the net from the top of the crease.
Things took a turn for the worse at 16:14 when newest Bruin Maxime Talbot was called for boarding.
The B’s killed that one off, but as they transitioned back to offense, Matt Bartkowski was called for hooking at 18:21 and the Flames made them pay.
Sean Monahan scored just 28 seconds into that advantage. Kris Russell’s shot was blocked in front by Adam McQuaid, but as the defenseman and Rask searched for the loose puck, Monahan popped it home.
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