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Postgame Hat Trick: Bruins 5, Wild 4 (OT)

Boston rallies late, wins in overtime Saturday night at TD Garden

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-4 overtime loss against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston on Saturday night:


1. Minnesota appeared on its way to a regulation victory ... but it wasn't meant to be.

The Wild led the game 4-2 into the final minutes of the contest, and the Bruins pulled goaltender Tuukka Rask.

David Krejci pulled the Bruins within one goal, and with almost two minutes left, Boston had plenty of time left to find the equalizer.

It did just that when, again, it was Krejci, this time one-timing a blast by goaltender Alex Stalock with Boston on a power play.

The two goals came 48 seconds apart, and old friend Charlie Coyle nearly ended things moments after that, but his shot with an open cage went just wide.

In the extra session, Torey Krug finished off a partial break for the winning goal with 2:19 left.


2. In what has been the week of the ridiculous goalie save, Stalock added one more. 

It started Tuesday night in Las Vegas, when Marc-Andre Fleury made a ridiculous diving glove stop against the Toronto Maple Leafs to prevent a sure goal. 

It was, potentially, the front runner for save of the year, an honor he had for approximately 48 hours, when Rask prevented a goal by keeping the puck out of the net with his blocker hand, moments after he had lost his stick. 

While Stalock's wasn't as flashy as either of those two, consider his on par on the difficulty scale. 

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

A perfect storm of events allowed the Bruins to steam more than half of the rink on a 3-on-0 rush. 

First, the Wild turned the puck over inside the offensive blue line. Brad Hunt pinched, but couldn't hold the zone. Finally, Matt Dumba, seeing the developments, tried to brake and assist defensively, but lost an edge and fell down. 

As all this was happening, Charlie McAvoy was exiting the penalty box, turning a 2-on-0 into a three-man race. 

Tweet from @mnwildScribe: My goodness. pic.twitter.com/AGgvqP3wFl

Led by Brad Marchant, he and McAvoy played hot potato, until finally McAvoy pulled the trigger on a quick one-timer, with Stalock sprawling across for a nifty glove save. He also corralled the rebound, preventing any potential cleanup from trailer Sean Kuraly.

Stalock, making his third consecutive start, finished with 34 saves. 


3. Jason Zucker is officially streaking. 

It seems like a new member of the club almost every night lately, but Zucker now has an (official) active goal streak after scoring in his third consecutive contest. 

Video: MIN@BOS: Zucker backhands rebound past Rask for PPG

His eighth goal of the season came on the power play 8:53 into the contest, breaking a scoreless tie, when he put home a rebound of a point shot by Brad Hunt. 

Mats Zuccarello also secured an assist, his first of two on the evening. The multi-point game was the 77th of his NHL career and second of the season. 

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