Hurricanes outlast Bruins in overtime
BOSTON >> Phillip Di Giuseppe scored on a rebound 1:30 into overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes earned a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
Di Giuseppe had a wide-open net when Boston goalie Tuukka Rask couldn't corral the rebound on Jeff Skinner's breakaway.
The officials reviewed the play for a few minutes before ruling there was no interference when Skinner made contact with Rask outside the crease.
It was the fourth OT game in a row for the Bruins, who still pulled ahead of Tampa Bay for sole possession of the Atlantic Division lead with the single point.
Elias Lindholm and Nathan Gerbe also scored for Carolina and Cam Ward stopped 30 shots. Riley Nash had two assists for Carolina.
Loui Eriksson and David Pastrnak scored for Boston, which still hasn't lost in regulation since Feb. 28.
Rask finished with 25 saves for the Bruins, who outshot the Hurricanes 32-28.
Pastrnak's 10th goal of the season tied it at 2-all 5:54 into the third. David Krejci sent a long clearing pass that Pastrnak caught up to deep in the Carolina zone with only one defender and Ward to beat.
Pastrnak caught them both off guard with a high shot past Ward to tie it again and revive the Bruins, who outshot the Hurricanes 24-15 in the first two periods yet trailed 2-1 entering the third.
Carolina regained the lead 8:34 into the second when Gerbe poked in a rebound after Rask stopped Chris Terry's shot. Nash also assisted on the goal, which developed after Boston's Ryan Spooner missed on a breakaway and the puck bounced hard off the boards toward the other end.
Eriksson scored a power-play goal 5:13 into the second to tie it at 1-all off a cross-ice pass from Patrice Bergeron. Torey Krug also assisted on the goal, which Ward nearly stopped. Ward scrambled across the crease in time to catch the puck with his stick, but it carried into the back of the net.
The goal came 33 seconds into a slashing penalty on Terry, just the second called on Carolina in the game. The Hurricanes had just killed a holding penalty called on Lindholm in the opening minute of the second period.
NOTES: Rask got the start on his 29th birthday. ... Boston D Kevan Miller missed his third straight game with an upper body injury. ... Lindholm's goal in the first period was his first in 16 games. ... Carolina was playing the first of five straight on the road. ... The Bruins announced owner Jeremy Jacobs will be inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame.
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