BOSTON — The trade of Marco Sturm didn’t distract them and the questionable hit by Jody Shelley on Adam McQuaid didn’t deter them.
Only the goaltending of Brian Boucher kept the Bruins from grabbing two points tonight at TD Garden, as Boston settled for one in a 2-1 overtime loss against Philadelphia.
Mike Richards scored the game-winner after he kept the puck on what turned into a 3-0n-1 and whizzed it by Tim Thomas to make sure Boucher’s 35-save performance finished in victory. Marc Savard had made a blind pass back from the corner to the left point, where there was no one home for the Bruins. Richards picked up the puck and raced toward the Boston end with it.
“I just threw it back to the point and obviously it was my fault there,” said Savard after the game. “Johnny had gone down to the net and I just thought [Dennis Seidenberg] and he was in the middle more. I just made a bad play. That’s all.”
Here’s a look at the box score:
•Nathan Horton tied the game with 9:43 elapsed in the third period. After going goal-less through nine games, he has now scored in three of his last four outings.
•Thomas played out of his mind again with 31 saves, including a couple of near-impossible stops.
•Boston was 0-for-2 on the power play, including a five-minute major on the Shelley hitting-from-behind call against McQuaid. In 5-on-4 situations, Boston managed just five shots on net.