Erik Christensen and Kris Letang beat Tim Thomas in the shootout, while Ty Conklin turned aside Phil Kessel and Marco Sturm.
But the Bruins, who once trailed by a 4-0 score, were satisfied that they rallied and left TD Banknorth Garden with at least one point.
"I'm proud of every guy in this room," said Marc Savard.
* Claude Julien didn't have an update on Glen Murray, who left the game in the second period with a middle-body injury. Julien said he'd probably know more tomorrow.
* Andrew Ference, who dropped the gloves with Sidney Crosby in the second period, said he was happy to contribute to the captain's first fight and first Gordie Howe hat trick. Ference was on the ice for all three first-period scores when Crosby racked up a goal and two assists. "It is not something that I'm going to make a habit of," Crosby said of fighting. "I just remember getting punched. I don't know if it was after the whistle or before the play. I just remember him punching me. His gloves came off."
* The Bruins erased a 4-0 deficit for the first time since April 20, 1995, when they claimed a 6-5 win over Ottawa.
* The Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.