To put it simply: Brad Marchand owns overtime.
Marchand came up clutch for the Boston Bruins once again Sunday night, notching an overtime goal to give the Black and Gold a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
It was déjà vu all over again for Marchand, who has scored an NHL-best five overtime goals this season.
With the win, the Bruins improve to 47-17-10, while the Wild fall to 42-24-9.
Here’s how it all went down:
RASK TO THE RESCUE
The Bruins failed to get on the board in the first period, and thanks to their goaltender, the Wild suffered a similar fate. Tuukka Rask was sensational in the opening 20 minutes, turning in 11 saves to keep the game scoreless heading into the break. Two of Rask’s saves certainly will be ticketed for the highlight reel: a sprawling pad save to deny Matt Cullen and a lunging glove stop to rob Matt Dumba. Boston needed its netminder to come up big early, as Minnesota went on the power play twice in the first period.
IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, TRY AGAIN
Boston appeared to draw first blood just over two minutes in the second period when Noel Acciari ripped a wrist shot past Alex Stalock. But thanks to some questionable flailing on the part of the Wild goalie, the officials ultimately pegged Riley Nash with goaltender interference and nullified the goal. The Bruins, however, were not fazed.
A minute after the call reversal, David Pastrnak put Boston on the board with a slap-shot strike. Patrice Bergeron, playing in his first contest after a 13-game absence, earned the assist on Pastrnak’s 30th goal of the season.
Rask had been stymying the Wild’s offense all night, but it was only a matter of time before Minnesota capitalized on one of its opportune chances. Just about at the halfway point of the third period, Mikko Koivu was the beneficiary of a wild bounce off the glass, tapping in the game-tying goal.
Outside of Koivu’s tally, there wasn’t much offense to speak of in the third, as the two teams combined for nine shots in the final period.
THAT WAS QUICK
The Bruins and Wild remained deadlocked after 60 minutes of regulation hockey, but Boston wasted no time earning two points in the overtime period. Twenty-eight seconds into sudden death, Marchand sniped the game-winning goal to give the B’s a tough road win.
The Bruins wrap up their road trip Tuesday night in Winnipeg with a matchup against the Jets. Puck drop from Bell MTS Place is set for 8 p.m. ET.
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