The Bruins battled back from a 3-1 deficit to get a hard-earned 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden on Tuesday. Charlie McAvoy netted the game-winner, while newcomers Rick Nash and Tommy Wingels combined for two goals and an assist.
McAvoy scored for the second time in as many games with his OT winner. The rookie defenseman took a feed from Riley Nash and blasted all the way down the ice, firing a short-side wrister past Scott Darling to give the B's the win.
After a solid debut in a last-minute move to the Bruins, Rick Nash really made his presence felt in Tuesday's win. After the Hurricanes' Brock McGinn put his team up 1-0 in the first, Nash scored his 19th goal of the season when Jake DeBrusk forced a turnover and David Krejci found him wide open in the slot.
Nash's goal was his 800th career NHL point.
He also came up with a ridiculous save on a puck that beat Tuukka Rask, sprawling with his stick to swipe it out of the crease at the last second.
The Hurricanes regained control of the game just minutes after Nash's equalizer, when 'Canes linemates Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho both scored within 5:55 of each other to put Carolina up 3-1. But with just 2.9 seconds left in the period, Riley Nash finished on the assist from Wingels, who chopped it in front where Nash patiently weaved around Scott Darling and tucked it home to make it 3-2:
Wingels brought his Bruins debut to another level when he scored the tying goal in the second period. McAvoy sparked the play with a quick pass to DeBrusk, who made a slick cross-ice pass that Wingels fired home for his 8th goal of the season and first as a Bruin.
The Bruins' first game without Patrice Bergeron for at least the next two weeks proved shaky in the start but successful in the end. Rick Nash and David Krejci are already making dynamic plays together and finishing them, and McAvoy is 2-for-his-last-5 shooting after a long scoring drought.
Up next, the B's get a big test at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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