The Boston Bruins have played a bunch of exciting, high-scoring games this season, and Tuesday night’s clash with the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden was yet another example.
The B’s and Red Wings combined for 11 goals, with Boston ultimately prevailing with a 6-5 win in overtime thanks to a backhander from Brad Marchand.
The Bruins improve to 41-15-8 with the victory, while the Red Wings fall to 26-30-10.
Here’s how it all went down.
FAST AS LIGHTNING
The Bruins opened the scoring just 37 seconds into the first period when Torey Krug’s shot from the point beat Red Wings goalie Jared Coreau. Nick Holden and Marchand earned assists on the goal.
The B’s doubled their lead just 15 seconds later when Jake DeBrusk scored on Coreau, but in fairness to the Detroit goaltender, some bad puck luck factored into the goal.
RED WINGS RESPOND
Detroit bounced back and scored early in a power play 2:16 into the opening period. Frans Nielsen fired a laser through a screen from the slot and Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin had no chance.
Mike Green tied the score 2-2 after jumping into the play and capitalizing on Andreas Athanasiou’s behind-the-back pass.
BRUINS GO BACK AHEAD
The B’s went up 3-2 with a power-play goal of their own at 13:28 of the first period. Krug scored his second goal of the game — and 13th of the season — off a good tape-to-tape pass by Marchand. David Pastrnak also picked up an assist.
POURING IT ON
Marchand tallied his third point of the night with a snipe on the power play to give the B’s a 4-2 lead in the second period. Krug also picked up his third point with another assist, and Pastrnak earned his second point of the game with his second assist.
RED WINGS NOT GOING AWAY
Detroit refused to give up and trimmed the deficit to one when Anthony Mantha pounded on a juicy rebound and scored at 12:05 of the second period. Justin Abdelkader had a goal taken away a few minutes earlier for a distinct kicking motion.
Marchand scored his second goal and fourth point of the game at 13:18 of the second period. He cleaned up a loose puck to the left of the Red Wings’ net to give Boston another two-goal lead at 5-3. Pastrnak was credited with his third assist of the game, while it also marked Marchand’s second four-point game of the season.
Mantha scored his second goal of the game less than two minutes after Marchand gave the B’s another two-goal lead. It was his 23rd goal of the season.
ALL TIED UP
The Red Wings kept attacking and finally tied the score 5-5 when Martin Frk found the back of the net at 9:46 of the third period.
ANOTHER OT WINNER
Marchand scored his second overtime goal in as many games to give the Bruins a 6-5 win — their fourth straight victory.
The Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
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