BOSTON (AP) — Daniel Briere scored off a rebound with four-tenths of a second left in the third period to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avalanche, who had opened the season with two shutout losses. Backup goaltender Reto Berra made 27 saves in his first start of the season.
Loui Eriksson had a power-play goal for the Bruins, who have lost three straight.
Boston backup goalie Niklas Svedberg played his first game of the season and made 28 saves. The game appeared to be heading to overtime when Svedberg made a pair of stops in the closing minute.
Briere, at the edge of the crease, fired the puck over the sprawling goalie just before time expired after Jan Hejda’s shot from the point. The clock read 0.0, but replays showed the puck crossed the goal line before time expired. It was Briere’s 300th career goal.
Colorado had what would have been the go-ahead goal overturned with just under 13 minutes to play when Dennis Everberg’s score was ruled to be deflected with a high stick. The puck was tipped downward in front of Svedberg and caromed into the net off Everberg’s left skate.
Berra slid across the crease and made a stellar stop on Milan Lucic with just over 8 minutes to play.
The Avalanche jumped ahead 1-0 on McGinn’s goal 3:28 into the second period. In what looked like a fairly routine shot, McGinn circled from the right corner and fired the puck on goal from the circle and it trickled between Svedberg’s pads. Colorado had gone scoreless for 143 minutes, 37 seconds to start the season.
Boston tied it on Eriksson’s goal when he scored off a rebound from the edge of the crease at 7:50 of the second. It ended the Bruins scoring drought at 135 minutes, 48 seconds.
With the teams struggling offensively, both came out fast. The play was up and down for the initial 9 1/2 minutes with each team collecting decent scoring bids. Boston had a slight edge in shots on goal, 8-6, and both backup goaltenders added to the scoring chances by leaving a few early rebounds in the middle of the ice.
Berra made a pair of nice stops in the opening minutes, robbing Patrice Bergeron on a close bid and making a right-pad stop on Eriksson at the end of a 2-on-1 break.
Svedberg stopped Briere when he barely got his skate blade on a rebound shot from the edge of the crease.
After the wide-open start, the teams tightened up defensively and settled into more balanced games.
NOTES: Bruins C David Krejci returned to the lineup after missing the first three games with an undisclosed injury. Boston F Seth Griffith made his NHL debut, playing on the top line with Krejci and LW Lucic. The Avalanche played the first of four straight road games. They face Toronto Tuesday, Ottawa on Thursday and Montreal on Saturday before returning home to face Florida on Oct. 21. … The Bruins open a three-game road trip Wednesday night in Detroit. It’ll be their second game at the Red Wings in six days. … Former Bruins player Jarome Iginla got a mixed response from the crowd when he was announced in the starting lineup. … Hall of Famer Bobby Orr was at the game.