Bruins complete comeback with Torey Krug overtime winner

Nov 23, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) celebrates with Patrice Bergeron (37) and Brad Marchand (63) after scoring the game winning goal against the Minnesota Wild during an overtime period at the TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Discombobulated, killing way too many penalties, and down by two with just 2:47 remaining in the third, the Bruins looked primed for their first regulation loss of the year on Garden ice as Jason Zucker stormed towards Tuukka Rask's net.

But Rask, a surprise starter after scheduled starter Jaroslav Halak arrived to the arena feeling under the weather, came through with a sprawling stop that denied Zucker and gave the Bruins a jolt of life.

And it was David Krejci who rewarded Rask for his late-game stop, with two goals in 48 seconds to send this game to overtime, where Torey Krug turned on the jets through a parted sea of Minnesota defenders and buried the game-winner.

"You’re sitting there going, 'You know, geez, we’re in the game but we can’t seem to get any traction, whether it’s killing penalties and some fortunate bounces for them around the net,'" B's coach Bruce Cassidy said after the win. "But hey, you never know in this game. We saw it happen to us right here not that long ago, a bigger lead, so it can happen."

Similar to their Thursday meeting with the Sabres, the Bruins once again surrendered the first goal (on the penalty kill), as Zucker finished off a net-front look for Minnesota's first goal of the evening, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead through 20. It was an opening frame short on quality looks for the Bruins, too, despite a 3-on-0 opportunity that would have yielded Boston's first goal of the evening had Charlie McAvoy elevated the puck even slightly above a sprawled Alex Stalock.

The Bruins did manage to finally get on the board in the middle frame, though, behind a Jake DeBrusk tip on a Zdeno Chara shot, good for DeBrusk's fourth goal of the year, and his first since Nov. 4 against the Penguins.

But some Rask-on-Rask crime struck just two minutes later behind Victor Rask's putaway on the B's Rask at the 6:14 mark of the period, while Eric Staal scooped home a gigantic rebound on the power play to give the Wild a two-goal cushion.

Down by two, B's winger Brad Marchand did his part to set the Bruins up for a winnable third period behind his 16th goal of the season, scored with 3.1 seconds remaining in the third period. The goal, created off a great bounce pass by off the end boards by Krug, was good for Marchand's fifth goal in the last five games.

Minnesota would answer yet again, however, as Kevin Fiala drove towards the net and countered with a goal (helped by Krug putting the puck in his own net) at the 5:19 mark of the third period.

With overtime upon the Bruins after that aforementioned pair of Krejci strikes, Rask was once again required to make a dazzling stop, as a shot deflected off Charlie Coyle and nearly beat a splitting Rask in what would've been game-ending friendly fire, but the Boston netminder stopped that (along with 32 other shots) for his 11th win of the season.

Elsewhere in the B's lineup, Krug made his return after missing the last five games with an upper-body injury, while Brett Ritchie also returned after a flare-up of his infection kept him out of action on Thursday night. Steve Kampfer, meanwhile, drew back into action for his first real game action since Nov. 2 while Connor Clifton sat as a healthy scratch.

The Bruins get back at it Tuesday night in Montreal.

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