David Pastrnak scored on a breakaway at 1:14 of overtime as the Boston Bruins defeated the host Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Wednesday night in a matchup of division leaders.
Pastrnak took a long lead pass from David Krejci and beat Edmonton goaltender Mike Smith. It was Pastrnak’s 43rd goal of the season, tying him for the NHL lead with Toronto’s Auston Matthews.
Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston, which won its fourth straight game and for the 10th time in its past 11 to remain atop the Atlantic Division and the Presidents’ Trophy race. The Bruins have allowed just 12 goals over their past 10 games.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask made 28 saves to improve to 6-1-0 since returning from a concussion sustained Jan. 14.
Sam Gagner scored the lone goal for Pacific Division-leading Edmonton, and Smith made 32 saves. The Oilers lost for just the second time in their past six games (4-1-1) and had a two-game winning streak snapped.
The Bruins opened the scoring at 8:28 of the first period after an Edmonton turnover just outside its own blue line. Pastrnak fed a cross-ice pass to Brad Marchand on the left wing, and Marchand took a couple of strides before floating a pass into the slot for Bergeron, who had a step on his defender. Bergeron deked to his backhand and slid a forehander past Smith from the top of the crease.
It was the 27th goal of the season for Bergeron, who has eight points (five goals, three assists) during a six-game scoring streak.
The Oilers, who have the top power-play percentage in the league, tied it at 3:42 of the third with the man advantage. Ethan Bear’s wrist shot from the left point was tipped into the upper right corner of the net by Gagner. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also got an assist on the goal. Edmonton was 1-for-6 on the power play, and the Bruins, who are ranked second with the man advantage, were 0-for-7.
Oilers center Connor McDavid missed his fifth straight game with a left quad injury. Edmonton was also without defenseman Oscar Klefbom, the quarterback of its power play, as he’ll be sidelined two to three weeks with a shoulder injury.
5-goal third period pushes Rangers past Blackhawks
Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad each collected a goal and two assists during the Rangers’ five-goal third period as visiting New York skated to a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. Artemi Panarin scored his team-leading 30th goal, and Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Strome and Filip Chytil also tallied for the Rangers, who have won six in a row on the road and five of their past six overall. New York rookie Igor Shesterkin overcame an inadvertent stick inside his mask from Chicago captain Jonathan Toews to make 37 saves and improve to 7-1-0 in eight career starts.
Rookie Dominik Kubalik scored twice, Drake Caggiula had a goal and an assist, and Toews had two assists for the Blackhawks, who have dropped seven of their past eight games (1-5-2). Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith notched his 500th career assist.
The teams combined for just two goals over the first 40 minutes before erupting for seven in just over an 11-minute stretch during the third period.
Kreider absorbed a big hit from Kubalik behind the net before feeding Buchnevich, who beat Robin Lehner (35 saves) from in close to give New York a 2-1 lead at 2:33 of the third period. Buchnevich’s goal was his 14th of the season and seventh in his past 12 games.
Strome doubled the advantage at 4:01 of the third, as he located the puck with his backside to the net before turning and wiring a shot inside the right post.
Kubalik answered just over two minutes later with his second goal of the night before Kreider gave New York a 4-2 lead at 8:48 of the third after scoring on a partial breakaway.
A turnover from Chicago’s Dylan Strome resulted in Panarin’s goal just 53 seconds later. Caggiula scored at 11:39 to slice Chicago’s deficit to two, but Zibanejad responded to give the Rangers a 6-3 lead with 6:23 remaining in the third. Chytil converted from the left circle to open the scoring 1:58 of the first period. He nearly doubled the advantage early in the second period, but Toews prevented the puck from crossing the goal line.
Keith recorded his milestone assist to forge a tie at 2:29 of the second period. The 36-year-old veteran wired a diagonal pass to Kubalik, whose one-timer from deep in the right circle sailed inside the near post.
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