Shots on Goal: Canes edge Bruins, 3-2 in OT
The Boston Bruins may have lost the game in overtime but gained one point, enough to put them on top of the Atlantic Division.
Miscommunication on the Bruins part during a line change in overtime allowed Jeff Skinner to skate in on a breakaway and get a shot off on Tukka Rask. The Bruin’s netminder was able to make the initial stop but Phillip Di Giuseppe followed up grabbing the rebound, spinning around, and sending the puck under Rask’s blocker and passed Bruin’s center Patrice Bergeron who was on the goal line behind Rask.
Carolina took the early lead with a power play goal just five minutes into the game. Bergeron was sent to the box on a hi-sticking infraction and with three seconds remaining on the penalty, Elias Lindstrom launched a slap shot that Rask got a piece of, but just not enough and the puck trickled into the net. That would be the only shot on goal for the Hurricanes for the next 12:56.
Boston evened the score at 1-1 on the power play when Patrice Bergeron sent a cross-ice pass to Loui Eriksson at the left dot who sent the one-timer past Cam Ward.
The Canes grabbed the lead back with Chris Terry and Nathan Gerbe hooking up on a 2-on-1, Terry taking the initial shot and Gerbe cleaning up the rebound for a 2-1 lead. Grebe nearly made it a two goal advantage when he found himself with the puck and half a net open but Rask made the save of the night with an amazing left pad save.
The Bruins scored the equalizer at 5:54 of the third when David Krejci hit David Pastrnak with a long pass that Pastrnak carried to the bottom of the left circle and took a shot that beat Ward on the shortside.
Cam Ward (20-15-7) gets the win with 30 saves. His best sequence of the night came in the first when Eriksson stole the puck from Victor Rask along the boards and fed Krejci who took a shot that Ward just got his glove on. Krejci gathered up his own rebound behind the net and rotated up the boards to feed Adam McQuaid waiting in the slot. McQuad’s slapper was stopped dead with a beauty of a glove save from Ward, ending one of Boston’s best chances of the night.
Tuukka Rask (27-18-7), had 25 saves on the night in the OT loss.