The New Guys Lead The Way In Comeback Over Hurricanes

Published February 27, 2018 at 9:58 PM

Tuesday night did not start well for the Boston Bruins, but the finish was rather pretty in a 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring in a wide open first period with a power play goal midway through the frame. With just a couple seconds remaining on Brad Marchand's holding penalty, Brock McGinn got the front of the net to bat the rebound off a Jeff Skinner shot out of midair and into the Bruins net.

Just over a minute and a half later, Rick Nash tied the game with his first goal with the Bruins.  Jake DeBrusk made the play by poking the puck away from Justin Faulk and David Krejci got it right to a wide-open Nash in the slot, where he quickly fired the puck past Scott Darling for his 19th goal of the season and 800th career NHL point.

Seven seconds after Nash's goal, David Pastrnak nailed Joakim Nordstrom in the face with his stick and drew blood.  Pastrnak was given a four-minute double minor while Nordstrom did not return to the game.  Teuvo Teravainen gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead at 13:09 as his slap shot from the right circle was made it through an Elias Lindholm screen and past Tukka Rask.

A defensive breakdown led to the Hurricanes third goal at the 19:04. For some reason, Brandon Carlo decided to drift over to the right side of the ice, which left Sebastian Aho all alone on the left to take a feed from Teravainen and backhand it between the legs of Rask.

Newcomer Tommy Wingels made quite the first impression during the final seconds of the first period.  First, he poked checked the puck away from Jaccob Slavin, then knocked away from Brett Pesce to Riley Nash right in front of the night who beat a sprawling Darling for his 11th goal of the year.

Wingels scored his first goal with the Bruins at 5:34 of the second period to tie game.  DeBrusk made a pass across the slot to Wingels who sniped a top-shelf shot over Darling for his eighth goal of the year.  Charlie McAvoy picked up the secondary assist on the play.

The game headed to overtime where the Bruins only needed 1:08 to win it.  Riley Nash got the puck off the boards to McAvoy who raced into the zone.  With Faulk taking away the pass option to Marchand, McAvoy took the shot and beat Darling to the short side for the game winner.

Tonight's game was a testament to the depth general manager Don Sweeney has built. Patrice Bergeron goes down so Riley Nash steps up with a goal and an assist and Tommy Wingels adds a goal and a great primary assist in his team debut.

The Bruins will be back in action when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
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