Bruins Wrap: David Krejci’s OT Winner Lifts Boston Over Hurricanes


BOSTON — The point streak continues.

The Bruins went down to the wire with the Carolina Hurricanes, but David Krejci netted the overtime winner to give Boston a 4-3 win Tuesday night at TD Garden, marking 17 straight games with a point for the B’s.

Patrice Bergeron, Jake Debrusk and Chris Wagner netted the goals for the Bruins, while Sebastian Aho had two markers for the visitors, with Justin Williams also potting a goal.

Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves in net, while counterpart Curtis McElhinney turned away 33 for Carolina.

With the win, the Bruins advanced to 40-17-9, while the loss bumped the Hurricanes to 36-23-7.

Here’s how it all went down:

In a fast-paced, hard-hitting first period, the B’s found themselves down a goal and  a man, with the Hurricanes taking a 1-0 lead after the opening 20. Boston led in shots 12-11.

The hosts suffered a tough break in the opening minutes, with Marcus Johansson exiting after taking a massive check along the boards from Micheal Ferland, which Bruce Cassidy gave an update on after the game.

David Backes dropped the gloves with Ferland shortly after, injuring Ferland, who did not return.

The B’s took a hit on the scoreboard with the Canes taking the lead after an unfortunate bounce off Aho’s skate in front of Halak at 6:30.

The Bruins killed three penalties in the first period, with Charlie McAvoy, John Moore and Peter Cehlarik all serving minors. The Canes threw 13 hits in the first, compared to eight from the B’s.

After falling behind by two early in the second, the B’s battled back to even the game 2-2 heading into the third period.

Aho doubled his production and the Hurricanes’ lead at 1:10 of the second period with a breakaway effort that wiggled through Halak’s wickets.

Marchand intercepted a pass and had a breakaway bid for a shorthanded goal following a Patrice Bergeron tripping penalty, but his backhanded five-hole bid was denied by McElhinney.

But the Bruins would get on the board at 12:28. Brandon Carlo threw a puck on net and Wagner was there to corral it, swatting a backhand into the net to make it 2-1.

The Bruins were buzzing for the rest of the period, and it was not long before the hosts knotted things up. Krejci was sprung on a 2-on-1 with DeBrusk joining the rush. Krejci was able to dance around a defender and throw a shot off McElhinney’s pad, and DeBrusk was there to bury the rebound at 18:12.

Each side served a minor penalty in the second, both of which were killed. The B’s led in shots 27-21 after two.

Three periods were not enough to decide a winner, with each team scoring in the third period to force overtime.

The Bruins took their first lead of the night 2:45 in the third period. Following Boston’s second penalty for too many men, Marchand sprung a shorthanded 2-on-1, sliding a puck to Bergeron on the rush for the go-ahead goal.

But Boston’s lead would last less than 10 minutes, as Williams was able to sneak a shot past Halak’s outstretched leg for the equalizer at 12:17.

Shots were tied 36-36 through regulation.

Krejci gave the Bruins the W off an assist from DeBrusk at 1:46.

The Bruins remain at home for a tilt with the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Puck drop from TD Garden is slated for 7 p.m. ET.

This Bruins Wrap is presented by Plainridge Park Casino.

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