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Krug's OT goal caps Bruins comeback against Wild

Defenseman wins it at 2:41 after Krejci scores twice in 48 seconds late in third

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Krug's overtime winner

MIN@BOS: Krug slips backhander home for OT winner

Torey Krug races past the defense, dekes to his backhand and slips a shot through Alex Stalock's five-hole to win the game for the Bruins

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BOSTON -- Torey Krug scored at 2:41 of overtime, and the Boston Bruins rallied for a 5-4 win against the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden on Saturday.

Krug, who also had two assists in his return after missing five games because of an upper-body injury, won it on a backhand shot that went five-hole on Wild goalie Alex Stalock.

"You know, I felt some pressure. It felt like I was going to my backhand the whole time," Krug said. "And I figured I was going fast enough that maybe the five-hole was open, and luckily it squeaked in eventually. It was nice to get the game-winner for sure."

 

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With Tuukka Rask pulled for the extra skater, David Krejci cut it to 4-3 at 18:05. Wild forward Luke Kunin was then called for tripping at 18:29, and with Rask again pulled for the extra skater, Krejci tied it 4-4 with a one-timer on a 6-on-4 at 18:53.

Patrice Bergeron had four assists, and Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk each had a goal and an assist for Boston (15-3-5), which has won three straight and is 4-0-3 in its past seven games.

Rask, who got the start because Jaroslav Halak was sick, made 32 saves.

Video: MIN@BOS: Krejci ties game with PPG from circle

Stalock made 34 saves for Minnesota (9-11-3), which lost for the first time in three games but extended its point streak to five games (3-0-2).

"We're all still pretty shocked," Wild forward Zach Parise said. "It felt like we were in control of the game for a long time, the majority of it. They snap a couple at the end and all of a sudden, we're in overtime. So it was a tough one for us."

Jason Zucker gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at 8:53 of the first period, scoring a power-play goal on a rebound of a one-timer by Brad Hunt.

DeBrusk tied it 1-1 with a redirection of Zdeno Chara's initial shot at 4:14 of the second period.

Victor Rask made it 2-1 at 6:14 when a rebound deflected in off his skate in front, and Eric Staal extended the lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 14:26.

Video: MIN@BOS: Staal chips rebound past Rask for PPG

Marchand cut it to 3-2 with four seconds remaining in the second, getting a rebound off the end boards and scoring five-hole past a sprawling Stalock.

Kevin Fiala scored to make it 4-2 at 5:19 of the third period, converting on an end-to-end rush when the puck redirected in off the stick of Krug as he tried to cut across the crease.

Rask kept the score 4-2 when he stopped Zucker on a breakaway at 17:13. 

"We had our chances to put the game away," Zucker said. "I had that breakaway he made a great save on, but I've got to score on that. I mean, that's three goals up with four minutes to go or whatever it was. It's tough. It's hard because Stalock's playing unbelievable."

Video: MIN@BOS: Krejci pots Bergeron's feed from side of net

 

They said it 

"You know, for 55 minutes, I thought we played outstanding. And even in the third period, I thought when they were trying to put a push on, positionally we were great. And sometimes coaches take it a little harder than players, so I'll get over it by tomorrow." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau 

"You know, you always try to practice that. Not all the time, but once in a while, 6-on-5, get the puck to the net and crash the net, that's what happened. [Jake DeBrusk] and [Patrice Bergeron], they made some good plays there with the puck. I had an empty-net, and on the second goal, I received a good pass again and just tried to shoot it as hard as I could on the net and hope for a rebound or scrum. It worked this time." -- Bruins center David Krejci

"He went in and did a great job pinch-hitting. I thought he had some tough luck around the net. Had that Zucker [breakaway] that could be it, right, and you could say, 'Not our night.' But he battled hard. … He battled hard, good for him. I'm glad he got the win because in those circumstances, it's not easy." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Tuukka Rask

Video: Torey Krug wins it for Boston in overtime 5-4

 

Need to know

Minnesota is 0-3 in games decided in overtime. … Wild forward Mats Zuccarello had two assists and has four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak. … Wild defenseman Ryan Suter had two assists, giving him five during a three-game point streak. … Boston is the only team without regulation home loss this season (9-0-4). … Bruins forward Brett Ritchie had an assist in his return after missing one game because of an upper-body injury.

Video: MIN@BOS: Stalock robs McAvoy with pad on 3-on-0

 

What's next

Wild: At the New York Rangers on Monday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG, FS-N+, NHL.TV)

Bruins: At the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN2, RDS, NESN, NHL.TV)

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