On Milt Schmidt's 97th birthday, the Bruins had an embarrassing showing in the shootout that cost them a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames. During the game, some of the Bruins wished Mr. Schmidt a Happy Birthday on the center ice scoreboard.
For the sixth game in a row, the Bruins scored the first goal. Brad Marchand put Boston up 1-0 with his 19th goal of the season at 7:46 of the first period.
Later in the period, newly acquired Max Talbot took a stupid penalty that led to a significant momentum shift.
Although the Bruins killed off the initial penalty, Matt Bartkowski took another seconds after Talbot's expired.
The Flames capitalized on this power play as Sean Monahan tied the game 1-1 with his 23rd goal of the season at 18:49 of the first period.
The Bruins again took a one-goal lead at the 2:30 mark in the second period as Milan Lucic converted on a great pass from Ryan Spooner. Lucic's 14th goal of the season put the Bruins up 2-1.
At 14:26 of the second period, Jiri Hudler tied the game 2-2 with his 21st goal of the season.
Loui Eriksson had a glorious opportunity to give the Bruins the lead in the third period while the teams played four-on-four, but he missed a wide open net.
The Bruins continued to take bad penalties, and/or the officials continued to call borderline penalties. This time it was Bartkowski again, and it led to the Flames' go-ahead goal.
Johnny Gaudreau scored on the power play to give the Flames a 3-2 lead at 4:59 of the third period.
Eriksson redeemed his earlier miss by burying his 15th goal of the season to tie the game 3-3 at 11:40 of the third period.
Late in the game, the teams exchanged chances, including Talbot's near-miss when the referees prematurely blew the whistle.
With seconds left in the third period, the Bruins almost saw the game slip away on a fluke play much like the one from the teams' last matchup on Feb. 16. But this time, Tuukka Rask was able to keep it out of the net and send the game to overtime.
There were some good chances in overtime, with the strongest scoring opportunity coming off of Eriksson's stick. It was stopped by Calgary goaltender Kari Ramo.
The Bruins, who recently failed to score a single goal in 12 rounds of a shootout, scored just one goal in eight rounds of a shootout this time around. Spooner, Torey Krug, Pastrnak, Marchand, Eriksson, Reilly Smith, and Milan Lucic all missed, were stopped, or failed to get a shot off completely. Patrice Bergeron converted in the seventh round, but was matched by Josh Jooris. Pastrnak nearly had a shootout goal, but was robbed by Ramo.
Rask made a similar spectacular glove save in the next round on Hudler.
Rask did everything in his power to keep the Bruins in this shootout, including making this amusing diving poke-check.
In the end, the Bruins simply let him down with their puzzling inability to deliver in the shootout. In the bottom of the eighth round, after Lucic was stopped by Ramo, David Schlemko pulled off a nifty move to beat Rask and seal the 4-3 win for the Flames.