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STOLEN! Bruins Steal 5-4 Win From Wild

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The Boston Bruins scored twice in the final 1:55 of regulation to force overtime, then Torey Krug sent the team home with a pair of huge points. The Bruins trailed by two goals twice during the course of Saturday’s thriller before David Krejci willed them back with his third and fourth goals of the season.

Krejci scored at 18:05 and 18:53 to send it to overtime. Krug finished it with goal through the legs of Alex Stalock at 2:41 of the extra frame.

Jason Zucker was one of four different Wild to score against surprise starter Tuukka Rask on the night. Eric Staal, Victor Rask and Kevin Fiala all picked up goals for the Wild, while Jake DeBrusk and Brad Marchand, Krejci and Krug scored for the Bruins.

Zucker’s goal was the lone tally of the first period, but the Wild could have had more. Rask was forced to make 14 saves in the first period as the Wild outshot the Bruins 15-10. The Bruins got just one good chance in the first, testing Stalock with a 3-on-0. Charlie McAvoy’s shot was denied by the glove of Stalock, who collected his sixth win of the season.

The Bruins were better to start the second period, but it did not last long. DeBrusk scored his fourth goal of the season just 4:14 into the period, but gave the lead right back to the Wild. Just two minutes after the equalizer, Victor Rask got a friendly bounce off of Tuukka Rask. Rask collected the puck and deposited into an empty net for his 2nd of the season.

Staal extended the lead with his seventh of the season on the powerplay. The Wild were on a four-minute powerplay after Zdeno Chara was called for a high-sticking penalty. Chara clipped Zucker on a follow through after he attempted to play the puck in mid-air.

Staal beat Matt Grzelcyk to the goal and positioned himself at the top of the crease. He calmly collected a rebound and chipped it over Rask at 14:26 of the second period.

There appeared to be some life inside TD Garden heading to the intermission. After a quiet first 39 minutes, the top line got on the board as Brad Marchand snapped home his 16th of the season with just 3.9 seconds remaining in the period. Marchand collected the puck after it bounced off the end wall and fired it behind a sprawling Stalock.

Fiala got his 5th of the season at 5:19 of the third period to kill the momentum. At the time, it looked it was the goal that would end the game. Krejci had other thoughts.

The veteran tapped in his first goal before blasting his second home on the powerplay to force overtime. Patrice Bergeron collected an assist on both goals while Jake DeBrusk got one of the first of the two. Torey Krug got his second of the night on the tying goal.

The Bruins went right back to the powerplay in the final minute of the game and nearly won it. Charlie Coyle had two chances at the side of the net, but missed open looks on both occasions. Krug blew into the offensive zone and slid the puck by Stalock for the victory in his first game back from injury.

Tuukka Rask made 32 saves in the victory. The Bruins return to the ice on Tuesday when they battle the Montreal Canadiens.

Alex is a 2016 graduate of Springfield College who is currently a writer with Boston Hockey Now and The Oilers Rig. Outside of writing, you can find Alex in rinks around New England as the Play-by-Play voice of the USPHL’s Boston Junior Bruins. In addition, he does broadcasting work for Northeastern University, Holy Cross And UMass-Lowell. Reach him on Twitter: @Alex_Thomas14

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