Despite playing a poor game against an inferior opponent, the Bruins got two huge points thanks to David Pastrnak’s overtime goal and Tuukka Rask’s 30 saves.
The Bruins opened the scoring 2:21 into the game with Ryan Spooner’s seventh goal of the season from Pastrnak and Adam McQuaid.
For the remainder of the first period and the entire second period, the Hurricanes largely dictated play. Tuukka Rask made some strong saves.
Rask also got some help from his defensemen.
He had to make some saves on his own teammates too.
The Bruins nearly got away with an abysmal second period, but with 22 seconds left, the Hurricanes tied the game. It was Nathan Gerbe’s eighth goal of the season from Chris Terry and Danny Biega.
Tied 1-1 in the third period, the Bruins came out with good energy and Reilly Smith had a good scoring chance.
The Bruins failed to generate more chances for most of the period, giving up another odd-man rush that forced Rask to try to make a sprawling save. The puck hit the post and Rask stayed down, appearing injured, but thankfully was fine.
In a rare chance the Bruins had in the offensive zone, Torey Krug hit the post.
With under two mins in regulation, the Bruins got a power play after Ron Hainsey’s stick broke and he appeared to throw it at the puck. Nothing came of the power play as the game went into overtime.
The Bruins needed to capitalize on the opportunity given to them by the Florida Panthers, who defeated the Ottawa Senators to give the Bruins at least a two point lead. Pastrnak came through to win the game in the final minute of overtime, giving the Bruins a three-point lead on the Senators in the final wild card spot.
It was Pastrnak’s 10th goal of the season from Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug.