The Boston Bruins blew a late lead then gave up the game-winning goal in overtime, dropping a 4-3 final to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at TD Garden.
The Bruins held a 3-1 lead into the final two minutes of regulation, but the Ducks pecked their way back into it with two goals in a span of 1:41 to tie the game back up 3-3. Mason McTavish fired the game-winner past Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark during the 3-on-3 overtime period.
With the loss, the Bruins are now 6-0-1, just missing out on setting a new franchise record for consecutive wins to start a season. They won their first six games in a row, tying the mark set by the 1937-38 team.
Both teams looked sluggish to start the game, after they’d played each other in California on Sunday then each played in the central time zone on Tuesday. But near the end of the first period, the Ducks were the first team to find the back of the net.
It came off the stick of defenseman Radko Gudas, who fired a shot toward the net in the hopes of getting a bounce. And he got one, off the skate of Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm to make it 1-0 Ducks.