Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf (15) and Boston Bruins' David Krejci (46) battle for the puck in overtime Thursday. Boston won 3-2 in a shootout. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)
Boston — On a night when the World Series trophy was carried onto the ice, the Bruins gave Boston sports fans one more reason to cheer.
Zdeno Chara scored the tying goal on a power play with under 3 minutes remaining in regulation and Jarome Iginla had the lone goal in a shootout to rally the Bruins past the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Thursday.
“It’s a sports city, clearly,” said Chris Kelly, who had an assist and was wearing a World Series championship T-shirt after the game. “The crowd here is always awesome. Halloween night, a lot of people might decide to take their kids trick-or-treating. But not in Boston. They’re here.”
And they witnessed another win for the home team.
Bruins players came out for warmups wearing World Series caps, and the crowd got into it midway through the second period when Boston Red Sox highlights from their clinching win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night at Fenway Park were shown on the JumboTron.
Bruins team President Cam Neely and Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino then came onto the ice and held the World Series trophy high above their heads.
During the timeout, Kelly instantly noticed the trophy.
“I wouldn’t mind getting a picture with it,” he said.
Carl Soderberg scored his first NHL goal and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the Bruins, who mustered only one shot in the first period but still managed to snap a two-game skid.
“I think we have a lot of competitive guys and when you’re down, that desperation level kicks in,” said defenseman Torey Krug, who also had an assist. “We’ve got to do a better job of starting games out.”
Devante Smith-Pelly scored less than 2 minutes into the game, Mathieu Perreault had a goal and an assist and Jonas Hiller stopped 21 shots for the Ducks. But they went 0 for 4 on the power play, dropping the league’s worst unit to 7.3 percent (4 for 55).
Anaheim was on the verge of its fourth straight victory until Patrick Maroon’s tripping penalty with 2:58 left in the third period gave Boston late life.
“That’s three games in a row that we’ve taken a penalty in the last 2 minutes of the game,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.
It didn’t take long for the Bruins to capitalize.
David Krejci scooped up a loose puck just outside the crease and slid a pass through the legs of defenseman Cam Fowler that Chara easily slipped past Hiller with 2:50 to go, setting off a celebration in the stands.
Iginla then put Boston ahead in the shootout with his wrist shot over Hiller’s glove. After Rask turned aside two weak attempts by the Ducks, Ryan Getzlaf hit the crossbar to end the game.
“They didn’t have a shot on goal in the first period until the 18-minute mark,” Boudreau said. “But if you don’t score, eventually a really good team is going to come up and bite you and that’s what happened.”
After scoring the game-winner with 0.8 seconds left last Thursday to stun the San Jose Sharks, the Bruins gave up a pair of late goals in each of their previous two games, including two power-play tallies 23 seconds apart in a setback to New Jersey on Saturday.
Despite the buzz in the building Thursday following Boston’s third World Series title in the last 10 years, the Bruins got off to a slow start.
A slap shot by Chara more than 18 minutes into the game was Boston’s lone shot of the first period. Anaheim had five shots, but needed only one to score.
Smith-Pelly got his first goal of the season 1:52 into the game to give the Ducks a quick lead.
After the World Series trophy came out, the Bruins picked up their play. They tied the score minutes later when Soderberg broke in alone on Hiller and slipped the puck between his legs for his first career goal.
“It means a lot to me,” Soderberg said. “I’ve been playing in Europe for 10 years at the highest level there, but it’s still not the NHL. I came here at 28 years old, so I wanted to see if I could play in the NHL.
“I’m pretty glad I scored.”
(At) N.Y. Rangers 2, Buffalo 0: Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in his 47th NHL shutout, and New York won its second straight and first at home with a victory over lowly Buffalo.
Derick Brassard scored a power-play goal in the first period, and Chris Kreider netted his second in two games in the middle period to give Lundqvist the only offense he would need to post his third win and second shutout this season.
Avalanche get Talbot in trade
The Colorado Avalanche acquired veteran forward Maxime Talbot from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Steve Downie.
The 29-year-old Talbot had a goal and an assist for the Flyers this season. He also has played for Pittsburgh, helping the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup title.
For Downie, this is a return to the city where he began his career. The Flyers drafted him with the 29th overall pick in 2005, before trading him to Tampa Bay in November 2008.
The physical forward was acquired by the Avalanche in February 2012. Downie had a goal and six assists for Colorado this season. He missed most of last year with a knee injury.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will be able to travel with the team while prosecutors consider whether he should be charged with assaulting his girlfriend.
... The Hurricanes have agreed to terms with center Manny Malhotra on a one-year, two-way contract and placed forwards Jeff Skinner and Radek Dvorak on injured reserve.
Malhotra will make $600,000 at the NHL level or $125,000 in the minor leagues with a guarantee of $250,000.
General manager Jim Rutherford says he gives the team depth at center and strength in the face-off circle.
That will help in Skinner’s and Dvorak’s absences. The team did not disclose what their injuries are but said Dvorak’s placement is retroactive to Oct. 25 while Skinner’s dates to Oct. 24.
The 33-year-old Malhotra played in just nine games with Vancouver last season because of an eye injury.
He has 108 goals and 170 assists in 864 games.
... Defenseman Alexei Emelin, 27, signed a four-year contract with the Canadiens reportedly worth $16.4 million.
... Sabres forward John Scott was suspended for seven games without pay by the NHL for his illegal check to Bruins F Loui Eriksson’s head.
... Rangers center Dominic Moore (strained oblique) will miss 7-10 days.
... The Coyotes recalled defenseman Brandon Gormley from Portland and assigned forward Tim Kennedy to the AHL