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Bruins take first place in Atlantic after slow start

Challenge will be staying ahead of Lightning, Panthers

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Even if it's only a 24-hour stay, there is significance to the Boston Bruins' moving into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division on Thursday.

"We haven't been there all year," defenseman Torey Krug said after Boston's 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes gave them the point they needed to move into first. "So whether it's a quick taste of it or not, to be there right now, it's a testimony to our group growing and sticking with it."

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game recap

Di Giuseppe scores in OT, Hurricanes top Bruins

Rookie beats Boston goalie Rask off rebound

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

Di Giuseppe's overtime winner

CAR@BOS: Di Giuseppe beats Rask to win it in overtime

3/10/16: Phillip Di Giuseppe corrals a rebound and fires it past Tuukka Rask to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 overtime win

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BOSTON -- Phillip Di Giuseppe scored on a rebound 1:30 into overtime, and Cam Ward made 30 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday.

With Boston attempting to make a line change, Jeff Skinner jumped off the Hurricanes bench and went into the Bruins zone on a breakaway. Goalie Tuukka Rask made the save, but Di Giuseppe gathered the rebound, spun and put the puck past Rask's blocker and under Boston center Patrice Bergeron.

It was Di Giuseppe's fifth goal of the season and first in 15 games.

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Situation Room

Situation Room Initiated Challenge: CAR @ BOS - OT

Original call stands, good goal Hurricanes

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Situation Room: CAR vs. BOS

Situation Room: Di Giuseppe's game-winner upheld

3/10/16: Following a video review checking for goaltender interference, Phillip Di Giuseppe's overtime game-winner is upheld

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At 1:30 of overtime in the Hurricanes/Bruins game, the Situation Room initiated a review under the terms of a Coach's Challenge to review whether a Carolina player interfered with Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask prior to Phillip Di Giuseppe's goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

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Bruins looking to claim sole Atlantic lead

Visiting Hurricanes fighting for points in wild-card race

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

HURRICANES (30-26-11) at BRUINS (38-23-7)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, FS-CR, NESN, NHL.TV

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins can take over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division by earning a point against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden on Thursday.

Boston is tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning with 83 points. The idle Lightning will have two games in hand by the end of the night.

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