Krejci’s OT goal lifts Bruins over Rangers, 3-2
BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak believes good things come to those who wait.
The Bruins have done plenty of waiting lately. And plenty of winning.
Pastrnak scored his NHL-leading 24th goal and assisted on David Krejci’s goal 1:40 into overtime, and Boston came from two goals down to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Friday.
The Bruins rallied for their sixth straight win after finding themselves in the familiar situation of a late-game deficit.
After Sean Kuraly made it 2-1 with 1:32 left in the second, Pastrnak tied it to force overtime on a one-timer from the left circle 4:27 into the third.
“We know after the second period if we’re down by one, (we know) that we can score that one goal,” Pastrnak said. “We have all 20 minutes to score one goal, and we know that if we play the right way, we will get it eventually.”
Krejci’s goal, his fifth of the season, came on a left-circle wrist shot against an out-of-position Henrik Lundqvist after a give-and-go with Pastrnak, who created space with a deke in the right circle before feeding Krejci through the slot.
“Just give the puck to a good player. I gave it to Pasta. He made a play. Pretty much an open net,” Krejci said.
Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for the Bruins. Boston matched its longest winning streak of the season and its longest point streak at 10 games (7-0-3).
“I thought we certainly pushed in the third and overtime,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Just like to see it happen a little sooner.”
Pavel Buchnevich and Filip Chytil scored for the Rangers. Lundqvist had 24 saves as New York’s three-game winning streak was snapped.
“Maybe if you look at the schedule and say you’re going to come out of Boston with a point you’re going to feel good about it, but we feel like we pissed away a point,” Rangers coach David Quinn said.
New York failed to record a shot during a 5-on-3 chance late in the second and also couldn’t convert on an extended power play late in the third after Boston’s Par Lindholm was assessed a double minor for high-sticking.
The Rangers finished 0 for 6 on the power play.
“It was almost like they were asleep for 35 minutes and after they kill off the 5 on 3, it’s almost like they decided to turn it up a little bit,” Lundqvist said. “The difference tonight and why they’re winning is their PK and Pastrnak.”
Buchnevich’s fifth goal this season put New York up 1-0 with 5:46 to play in the first period. Buchnevich beat Halak high to the glove side on a shot from the low slot after Tony DeAngelo’s pass from the sideboards.
Chytil’s eighth of the season doubled the Rangers’ lead at 6:21 of the second. Chytil charged into the slot and scored five-hole on Halak after Ryan Strome’s shot from the right circle bounced off Halak right to Chytil.
Jake DeBrusk’s blue-line shot caught a piece of Kuraly’s stick, bounced off the left post and trickled in to make it 2-1 after Lundqvist’s inadvertent stick swat.
Krejci’s feed through the slot set up Pastrnak’s tying goal.
Boston was without Brad Marchand for the start of the third after he was pulled off the ice by a concussion spotter following an elbow from Jacob Trouba in the second.
Marchand was visibly agitated as he made his way down the tunnel before later returning.
“That’s embarrassing,” Marchand said. “Guy’s up there busy eating pizzas and cheeseburgers and can’t watch the game. Maybe next time he (won’t) pull this out of his butt and watch the game.”
NOTES: New York D Brendan Smith skated off with 7:02 left in the third after a high stick to the face from Lindholm. ... Boston remained the only NHL team without a regulation home loss this season at 10-0-4. ... Pastrnak finished November with 12 goals after also scoring 12 in October. ... Rangers C Artemi Panarin assisted on Chytil’s goal, giving him a team-record 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) in November. Panarin has at least a point in 16 of his last 17 games and 20 of 24 this season. ... Bruins C Patrice Bergeron (lower body) remains day-to-day after sitting out for the fifth time in seven games. ... Lundqvist entered with the best career save percentage (.929) against the Bruins among all goalies with a minimum of 30 games against. Lundqvist allowed four goals on 31 shots before being pulled after two periods in New York’s 7-4 home loss to Boston on Oct. 27. ... Boston debuted its newest alternate jersey, a black sweater with a large “B” logo on the front and yellow accent stripes. The logo is a throwback to the 1940-era Bruins teams that won two Stanley Cup titles.
Rangers: At New Jersey on Saturday.
Bruins: At Montreal on Sunday night.
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