The Boston Bruins weren’t able to earn a win Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes, but they did earn another point amid a crucial road trip.
Boston erased multiple deficits after opening the scoring, but Carolina delivered the final blow at 1:34 of the overtime period when Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho beat B’s goalie Zane McIntyre.
The overtime loss drops the Bruins to 21-17-5, while the Hurricanes improve to 18-15-7.
Here’s how it all went down.
B’s STRIKE FIRST
The Bruins got on the board first when bottom-six forward Tim Schaller scored his sixth goal of the season with a spinning backhand shot to beat ‘Canes goalie Cam Ward.
Schaller was aggressive offensively throughout the game. He won several 1-on-1 puck battles and landed six shots on goal to lead the B’s.
RESILIENT THIRD PERIOD
The Bruins erased 2-1 and 3-2 deficits in the third period. David Backes scored at 5:49 of the frame, and then Jay McClement gave Carolina a 3-2 edge at 7:20, which was answered by Brad Marchand 23 seconds later to tie the score 3-3.
Back-to-backs are tough, and the Bruins picked up a much-needed point with the overtime loss. Despite playing Saturday night in Florida, the B’s had pretty good energy throughout Sunday’s contest. They outshot (35-30) and outhit (26-12) the Hurricanes and had more puck possession.
B’s center Patrice Bergeron had an excellent scoring chance in overtime but couldn’t elevate the puck over Ward’s right pad.
Aho scored the game winner shortly after Bergeron’s opportunity to secure both points for the home team.
The Bruins maintained a slim one-point lead over the Ottawa Senators for second place in the Atlantic Division as a result of Sunday’s game.
The Bruins resume their road trip Tuesday in St. Louis against the Blues. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
Thumbnail photo via James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Jan 8, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) stops the second period shot against Boston Bruins forward Tim Schaller (59) at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
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