BOSTON -- Charlie McAvoy scored 1:08 into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden on Tuesday.
The rookie defenseman kept the puck on a 2-on-1 with Brad Marchand and beat Carolina goaltender Scott Darling with a wrist shot to the short side.
"We had a 2-on-1 if we just hurried up and it looked like he was taking away [Marchand]," McAvoy said. "I was looking pass a little bit, trying to look that off. I kind of just read it and I thought I needed to get it off quick and was fortunate enough to see it go in."
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Rick Nash and Tommy Wingels each scored his first goal with the Bruins, and Riley Nash scored to help Boston (38-15-8) win for the first time in three games. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for the Bruins, who trail the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point for second place in the Atlantic Division with five games in hand.
The Bruins trailed 3-1 late in the first period.
"We played better," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We had to or we would've got blown out. We just didn't have it early on, we weren't competing hard enough and winning our share of pucks. ... When we play as a team, we're a good team. And that's what happened."
Brock McGinn, Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho scored, and Darling made 28 saves for the Hurricanes (27-25-11), who extended their longest losing streak of the season to six games (0-4-2). Carolina trails the Columbus Blue Jackets by four points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
"We had a stretch in the second [period] where we weren't as good we would've liked to have been," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "We iced it a bit and got caught out there on some extended shifts. And then after that we settled down and played real well. So we had some chances."
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McGinn scored the first of two Hurricanes power-play goals in the first period at 10:01 for a 1-0 lead. He scored on the rebound of Jeff Skinner's tip from the high slot.
Rick Nash, playing his second game for the Bruins since being traded from the New York Rangers on Sunday, tied it 1-1 from the slot at 11:41 after Jake DeBrusk created a turnover with a heavy backcheck and David Krejci passed the puck to Nash alone in front of the net.
"Whenever you start with a new team or a fresh season, you always want to get that first one out of the way," Nash said. "It always seems like the hardest one to get."
The Hurricanes made it 2-1 on Teravainen's power-play goal at 13:09. Teravainen beat Rask with a wrist shot from the right dot to the short side.
Aho extended the lead to 3-1 on a 3-on-2 with 56 seconds remaining in the period.
Riley Nash got the Bruins back to within 3-2 with a goal with three seconds remaining in the first. Wingels, making his Bruins debut after being traded from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, stole the puck from Jaccob Slavin in the slot and set up the goal.
Wingels' goal at 5:34 of the second period tied it 3-3. DeBrusk made a cross-ice pass, and Wingels scored from the top of the right face-off circle.
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Goal of the game
McAvoy's goal 1:08 into overtime.
Video: CAR@BOS: McAvoy nets OT winner on two-on-one
Save of the game
Rask's save on Derek Ryan with 40 seconds remaining in the third period.
Video: CAR@BOS: Rask denies Ryan with strong pad stop
Highlight of the game
Rick Nash stopping the puck on the goal line at 1:30 of the first period.
Video: CAR@BOS: Rick Nash dives into the crease to save goal
They said it
"I really don't care if it's a [bad] game or a really good. We just need to find ways to get two points right now. We've gone from inside a playoff position to four points out right now." -- Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk
"Yeah, it was a bit strange to be skating backwards over the blue line and playing like a defenseman. It's definitely hard, but I just saw the puck kind of trickling in and I wasn't sure right away if it did cross the line or not, but I got pretty lucky that it didn't." -- Bruins forward Rick Nash on stopping the puck on the goal line with his stick 1:30 into the first period
Need to know
Hurricanes forward Joakim Nordstrom left the game with an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return. There was no update on his status. ... Carolina last lost six in a row Dec. 4-16, 2014. ... Boston center Patrice Bergeron missed his first game with a fractured right foot. He is out indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. ... Rick Nash's goal gave him 800 NHL points (435 goals, 365 assists). ... The Bruins have not lost three in a row in regulation this season.
Hurricanes: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, FS-SE, NHL.TV)
Bruins: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, NESN, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)
Video: Balanced offense carries Bruins to 4-3 OT victory