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Marchand, Pastrnak come through in Bruins’ 3-2 overtime win against Red Wings

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The Boston Bruins mounted two successful comebacks in the third period on their way to a 3-2 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

The Bruins, who have been surging as of late, won for the 10th time in their past 12.

The Red Wings, in quite the opposite scenario, lost their third straight and for the 11th time in their past 12 contests.

By all accounts, the Red Wings deserved a better fate, at least until the third period.

They limited the high-flying Bruins to just two shots in the first period and clawed out a 1-0 lead midway through the second frame, with Tomas Tatar‘s wrist shot finding twine after a perfect screen from Justin Abdelkader.

Boston found the equalizer they needed early in the third frame, and from an unlikely source.

Noel Acciari tied the game 1-1 with his second of the season after getting a couple whacks at a loose puck in front of Jimmy Howard, capping off a solid shift from the Bruins fourth line at 3:02.

Detroit took the lead for a second time, this time short-handed after David Pastrnak got caught pinching, allowing Dylan Larkin to get behind the Bruins rearguard, scoring a beauty on a breakaway to make it 2-1.

Scoring for Boston had been a strength coming into the game.

David Pastrnak, Boston’s top point-getter, came into the game sporting an eight-game point streak. Brad Marchand, sitting just behind Pastrnak in terms of points, have a five-game heater of his own going.

The dynamic duo wouldn’t be denied; the streaks would continue.

Marchand picked out Pastrnak with a perfect back-door feed to tie the game 2-2 with 1:26 remaining in regulation, forcing overtime.

Marchand, now running with good karma, took a backhand pass from Torey Krug and turned it into a partial breakaway, fending off Mike Green, and putting his backhand in the top shelf behind Howard.

Tuukka Rask extended his win streak to five games. Rask, who struggled out the gate to start the season, stopped 31 shots and continues to look like the goalie of years past.


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight

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A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…

Lightning at Red Wings, 7 p.m. ET on CNBC

Petr Mrazek’s solid play has the Detroit Red Wings one win away from advancing to the second round. The 23-year-old is 4-2-0 with a 1.58 G.A.A. and three shutouts in his last six starts against the Bolts. Tampa Bay averaged a league-high 3.16 goals while picking up a team-record 108 points this season, but are averaging two goals per game through the first five games of the series. Steven Stamkos continues to struggle. The Lightning captain had 43 goals in the regular season, but has just two assists and a minus-1 rating through the five games.

Islanders at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCN

For the first time since 1987 the Islanders and Capitals are playing in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Pat LaFontaine scored the game-winner in the fourth overtime and Kelly Hrudey made 73 saves in what is still the longest Game 7 in NHL history. New York forced tonight’s Game 7 with a 3-1 win in Game 6 on Saturday. Monday will be the Caps’ eighth Game 7 in the last eight years. Only the Bruins (nine) have played more in that time. Washington is 3-9 in Game 7s and 2-7 at home. An Islanders win would setup a second round matchup with their rival New York Rangers for the first time since 1994.

Report: Alfredsson retirement to be announced Dec. 4

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Daniel Alfredsson is expected to announce his retirement formally on Dec. 4 when the Ottawa Senators play host to the New York Islanders.

Alfredsson, 41, was attempting to return for his 19th season; however, back problems has forced him to call it quits.

The former sixth-round pick of the Senators (133rd overall) in 1994, appeared in 1246 regular season games with Ottawa and Detroit scoring 444 goals and 1157 points.

Alfredsson won Olympic gold with Sweden in 2006 and and silver at the 2014 games. He led the Sens to a Stanley Cup final appearance 2007 scoring 14 goals and 22 points in 20 games.