Recap: Minnesota Wild @ Boston Bruins 12.19.23

BOSTON -- Kirill Kaprizov scored twice, including at 2:54 of overtime, and the Minnesota Wild recovered for a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Kaprizov completed a 3-on-1 rush with a one-timer from just inside the right face-off circle to secure the win.

The Wild scored twice in a 1:58 span in the third period to take a 3-2 lead, but Bruins captain Brad Marchand tied it 3-3 on the power play with 1:06 left in regulation to force overtime.

“I think we’ve definitely played well, but of course, it’s great to get the win,” Kaprizov said. “I think Boston might be in first place, so to get a win against them is unbelievable, and we’re going to continue the momentum.”

MIN@BOS: Kaprizov's second goal of game wins it in OT

Ryan Hartman and Marcus Johansson scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 40 saves for Minnesota (13-13-4), which has won four of its past five (4-1-0).

“It was a little bit of a heavyweight fight,” Wild coach John Hynes said. “I thought both teams were physical. It was a hard game. I thought both goaltenders played very well. We had some strong pushes, they had some strong pushes, and glad we found a way to win.”

David Pastrnak scored twice, and Linus Ullmark made 26 saves for Boston (19-5-6), which has lost consecutive overtime games. Pavel Zacha had two assists in his return from a three-game absence due to an upper-body injury.

“I’m not frustrated, I had plenty of looks. It’s a positive for me. If I get the looks, that means I’m doing something right,” Pastrnak said. “[The] NHL is the best league in the world. You have good goaltenders, especially a guy like Fleury. … I could’ve ended the game a couple times, I didn’t. He made a save, kept them in it. Credit to them, but that’s definitely a game we should’ve [won].”

Johansson gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at 7:44 of the first period on the power play, putting in the rebound of his initial tip-in attempt from the slot.

Pastrnak tied it 1-1 at 11:29, beating Fleury five-hole off a cross-ice pass from John Beecher.

“When we’re getting north and getting in behind guys, we’re dominating,” Beecher said. “And then as soon as we get away from it, it ends up in our net, so just kind of [puts the] onus on us players, and we just [have] to be better.”

Pastrnak gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with one second remaining in the first, looping around the net to the back door and one-timing Zacha’s feed.

“It feels like [Pastrnak] always finds a way to get open,” Fleury said. “Doesn’t matter where the pass is at, he’s always able to get a good shot on.”

MIN@BOS: Pastrnak fires in his second goal of the period

Kaprizov tied it 2-2 at 13:12 of the third, scoring the rebound off Jake Middleton’s shot through traffic that hit the post to end a six-game goal drought.

Hartman gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead at 15:10, picking up a loose puck in front of the net and firing a wrist shot past Ullmark.

“I don’t like the plays in the slot that we’re giving up, and I don’t like the rebound chances that we’re giving up,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “There’s areas that we got to clean up, but I do like the way we responded. I liked our compete level. Our execution, offensively and defensively, needs to get better.”

MIN@BOS: Kaprizov buries it to tie the score

Chances went back and forth in overtime. Ullmark stopped Matt Boldy on a breakaway at 2:10, and Charlie Coyle put a wrist shot on goal at 2:27 before Jake DeBrusk’s wide shot at 2:45 led to the game-ending 3-on-1 rush.

“We trust in every single guy on our bench, especially our top guys,” Hartman said. “They compete with any guys in overtime, and obviously ‘Flower’ with an amazing game.”

NOTES: Wild forward Vinni Lettieri exited at 4:25 of the third period after blocking Marchand’s one-timer off his left foot and did not return. There was no update. … Kaprizov’s overtime goal was the seventh of his career. He surpassed Matt Dumba for the most overtime goals in franchise history. … Marchand’s tying goal was his 889th career point (385 goals, 504 assists), passing Bobby Orr (264 goals, 624 assists) for sixth in Bruins history. … Boston has gone to overtime in each of its past four games (1-0-3).