Third in a series of recaps of every Bruins-Canadiens game this season.
The Canadiens scored three first-period goals in a 3:19 span. But the Bruins rallied and sent the game to the shootout, when Alex Tanguay beat Tim Thomas.
"Coming down from 3-0, getting a point, and putting ourselves in position to get that second point, it shows composure and it's a good sign," said Thomas (25 saves) after the loss. "We stayed with it, kept our composure, and it ended up paying off slowly. It took us a long time to battle back into it."
* At 2:28 of the first period, Shawn Thornton sought out Georges Laraque, asked him to go, and dropped the gloves with the Montreal heavyweight. Thornton had to answer the bell for laying a beatdown on Steve Begin in the preseason. "I had to get it out of the way," said Thornton at the time. "I would have been thinking about it all night if I didn't get it out of the way on the first shift. That's why I skated over toward where he was standing. He was more than willing to oblige. He did his job, I did mine, and we just played after that."
* The Bruins were on the bench for the pre-game ceremony introducing the Ring of Honor at the Bell Centre.