The Boston Bruins looked soundly beaten down 4-1 in the third period Tuesday night in Carolina, but a five-goal explosion over the final 10 minutes of the game catapulted the B’s to a 6-4 comeback win over the Hurricanes.
David Pastrnak led the way during the Bruins’ scoring onslaught. He notched his first career hat trick, capped by an empty-net tally to seal the win.
The Bruins improve to 44-16-8 with the win, while the ‘Canes fall to 39-29-11.
Here’s how it all went down:
BACK IN ACTION
Veteran forwards Brad Marchand (injury) and David Backes (suspension) both returned to the lineup.
TAKING THE LEAD
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission when Marchand scored his 30th goal of the season. David Pastrnak provided a beautiful no-look pass from behind the net to set up his linemate with a quality scoring chance. Riley Nash also earned an assist on the goal.
ALL TIED UP
The Hurricanes scored on the power play just 2:10 into the second period to tie the game at a goal apiece. Sebastian Aho’s 25th goal of the season was assisted by Justin Faulk and Teuvo Teravainen.
‘CANES GO UP
The Bruins were undisciplined in the second period and found themselves against a 5-on-3 Hurricanes power play. Teravainen capitalized on this man advantage and fired a rocket past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to give Carolina its first lead of the night.
CAROLINA DOUBLES ITS LEAD
Brock McGinn’s shot off the faceoff at Rask squeaked past the Bruins goalie, but it didn’t cross the goal line until Justin Williams pushed it over. This surely is a goal Rask would like to have back. It was the third of three unanswered goals for the Hurricanes in the second period.
BLOWING IT OPEN
Things went from bad to worse for the Bruins early in the third period when the ‘Canes went up 4-1 by scoring a shorthanded goal. Pastrnak turned over the puck at the blue line, Elias Lindholm scooped it up and raced toward net, then McGinn slammed home a rebound.
REFUSING TO QUIT
Just when it looked like there was no chance for the Bruins to have a chance for two points, they scored three unanswered goals in just 77 seconds starting at 10:04 of the third period.
First, it was Matt Grzelcyk scoring to make it 4-2.
Then, Pastrnak unleashed an incredible shot to trim the deficit to 4-3.
Finally, Danton Heinen snapped his 8-game scoring drought.
FOR THE WIN
Pastrnak scored his second goal of the period on the power play to give the Bruins a 5-4 lead with just 3:30 left in regulation. He locked down the victory by scoring an empty-net goal with 1:34 remaining.
The Bruins travel to Florida for a Thursday night matchup with the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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