The Anaheim Ducks have not lost a game in regulation on home ice this season, and the Boston Bruins did themselves no favors in trying to end that streak.
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The Ducks killed it in on special teams, scoring three powerplay goals, and one shorthanded, to beat the B's 5-2 at the Pond and give the Bruins a loss as they kick off their three-game California road trip.
The Bruins started out fast enough, ripping off 16 shots to Anaheim's three in the opening frame. But the score remained nil-nil, courtesy of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who's highlight reel save of Brad Marchand kept the game scoreless.
The Ducks opened up a 3-0 lead, with all three coming in the second period. Mathieu Perreault, Corey Perry and Andrew Cogliano all scored on special teams, with Cogliano's goal being the shorthanded strike.
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Adam McQuaid did his part to give a spark the team, dropping the gloves for a lengthy bout with Patrick Maroon. And let the history books show, it worked.
Daniel Paille got one back with his seventh of the year with just 15 seconds to go in the period. Justin Florek picked up his first career NHL point, as Florek was the one who split the defense with the pass and found the streaking Paille in the zone, who beat Hiller. Doug Hamilton got the B's within one with his fourth of the year, blasting home a lose puck in the slot with Jarome Iginla and Carl Soderberg jamming in front.
But that was as close as the Bruins would get, as Nick Bonino and Perreault added two more goals late in the period, icing the game and the win for the home team.
It's not the ideal start to the Bruins' three-game roadie on the West Cost. The Bruins got sloppy and dug themselves too big of a hole to climb out of, eventually ending in the 5-2 defeat.
The B's are due next in Los Angeles for a date with the Kings on Thursday as they look to get back on the winning track.