Brad Marchand scored his 33rd goal in overtime to push the Bruins past the Minnesota Wild for a 2-1 road victory on Sunday night. Patrice Bergeron tallied two assists and logged 19:08 of ice time in his return to the lineup.
Marchand's game-winner, his league-leading fifth OT goal of the season, came off a savvy bounce-pass from Torey Krug to spring him for a rush. Marchand beat Wild goalie Alex Stalock with a missile of a wrist shot to the top corner far-side.
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Bergeron assisted on both goals and won 61 percent of his faceoffs in his first game back from a small fracture in his foot. He resumed all of his regular roles for the Bruins, including on both the power play and penalty kill.
The Bruins struck first in the second period on David Pastrnak's 30th goal of the season. Brandon Carlo sparked the play as he kept the puck alive in the Wild zone by hugging the boards and chipping it forward. Bergeron gathered the puck a few seconds later and made a slick no-look pass to Pastrnak, who ripped a one-timer past Stalock to put the B's up 1-0.
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The Wild tied it up in the third when Tuukka Rask appeared to inadvertently kick the puck back into his own net. Matt Dumba's point shot bounced off the end boards and directly back toward the crease, where Mikko Koivu crashed the net and went to shovel it in.
Rask Makes Several Big Saves
Despite the unfortunate goal allowed to the Wild, Rask was mostly excellent in goal. He made 24 saves on the night, and several of them were highlight-reel material.
Rask notably kept the game scoreless in the first period with a series of incredible stops. First he dove across the crease to stop Dumba point-blank with his glove:
And here he is saving himself from his own miscue behind the net to rob Ryan Murphy:
And then, an incredible toe save just minutes later against Matt Cullen:
Despite getting Bergeron and Krug back on Sunday, the Bruins remain severely shorthanded. But they continue to play well without Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, David Backes, Jake DeBrusk, and Rick Nash. Their resilience and knack for coming up with big goals in crunch-time situations will only continue to build confidence as they head toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Bruins (47-17-10, 104 points) head to Winnipeg next to face the high-powered Jets (46-19-10, 102 points) in a big test on Tuesday night.
-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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