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Bruins Earn 3-2 Comeback Win Over Rangers In Overtime



The Boston Bruins erased an early 2-0 deficit and came back to win 3-2 in overtime, earning their sixth straight win and extending their point streak to ten games at 7-0-3. David Krejci got the overtime winner 1:40 into the extra frame burying a beautiful feed from David Pastrnak to complete the comeback.

Krejci and Pastrnak finished with a goal and an assist each and Sean Kuraly scored as well for the Bruins. Goalie Jaro Halak made 26 saves for Boston to earn his second straight win.

Pavel Buchnevich and Filip Chytil scored for the Rangers and goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves in the loss.

The Bruins seemed to be under a tryptophan spell for the first half of the game as they were outshot 11-7 in the first period and 18-10 through the first 30 minutes. The opportunistic and heavy underdog Rangers capitalized on the lethargic Bruins and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission thanks to a Pavel Buchnevich (5) goal 14:14 into the opening frame. The goal – which was assisted by Tony DeAngelo and Jacob Trouba came just after the Bruins had killed off the Rangers’ first powerplay and on an errant line change.


The Rangers padded their lead to 2-0 on a Filip Chytil goal 6:21 into the second period. Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin got the helpers on Chytil’s eighth lamplighter of the season.

The Bruins finally woke up in the second half of the second period and is typically the case, a good fisticuff and a great penalty kill served as the much-need alarm clock for the Black and Gold. As some after the whistles pushing and shoving ensued in front of Halak, Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy and Rangers forward Brendan Smith dropped the gloves in a quick but spirited bout. That woke up the TD Garden crowd and the Bruins were finding their legs. Just when they seemed to be ready to play their game though, the Bruins found themselves killing off a 5-on-3 after consecutive penalties to defenseman Matt Grzelcyk and Kuraly late in the second period. Once again, the penalty kill delivered and the Bruins were ready to go from there.

Kuraly scored his second of the season at 18:28 of the middle frame to make it 2-1 Rangers headed into the second intermission. DeBrusk had the primary assist and defenseman Brandon Carlo the secondary.



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The period ended with a scary moment as winger Brad Marchand took an inadvertent Trouba elbow and came up dazed. Marchand finished the period, came out for a shift in the third but left just over a minute in. The Bruins leading point-getter returned later in the period though.

The Bruins’ energy carried over into the final frame for Boston and there was a sense of inevitability that the Bruins would tie the game. That’s exactly what happened when Pastrnak slammed home the rebound of a David Krejci shot to knot the game at two at 4:27 of the third period. DeBrusk also got his second assist of the game on the Pastrnak tally.

After failing to score on their first powerplay of the game mid-way through the third period, the Bruins found themselves having to kill a four-minute Rangers powerplay when Bruins center Par Lindholm was nabbed for a four-minute high-sticking call. The penalty kill delivered again though as Halak made three saves on the kill and the Bruins suffocated the Rangers power play.






With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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