Marchand’s OT goal lifts Bruins over Rangers; Rask forgets score

Brad Marchand scored just 36 seconds into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers and improve their record to an East leading 9-1-2.

They are now a nine-game point streak that has seen them go 8-0-1 during that stretch.

Let’s take a look at a few noteworthy moments from Wednesday’s win.

Tuukka Rask was the difference, and almost for the wrong reason

While Marchand scored the game-winner, the biggest reason this game even made it to overtime was the play of Rask in the Bruins’ net.

He stopped 33 out of 35 shots in the win and was especially strong against Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad. He made two sensational saves on the snake bit Rangers forward in the second period, including this highlight reel glove save that turned out to be a game-changer.

With the Bruins trailing 1-0, Rask absolutely robbed Zibanejad with this sprawling glove save to keep it a one-goal deficit. Just a few moments later the Bruins tied the game on a shorthanded goal.

The only real negative for Rask came in the final minute of the third period when he inexplicably skated to the bench in a tie game. Rask said after the game that he lost track of the score and thought the Bruins were down 2-1 on the scoreboard. Fortunately for him and the Bruins his team had possession of the puck and he was able to get back into the crease before something embarrassing could happen.

Artemi Panarin was clearly injured

The overtime loss is not the only concerning news for the Rangers in this game as Panarin played just three shifts over the final 26 minutes of regulation and was clearly laboring while doing so. Something clearly happened to him late in the second period and he was never able to fully get going after that. He would take an occasional skate between whistles and was seen talking to trainers on the team bench.

Encouraging game for Zibanejad

One of the big stories to monitor for the Rangers this season is the goal slump of Zibanejad. After scoring 41 goals in a shortened season a year ago, he remains stuck on one goal this season and simply can not seem to buy a goal.

That was highlighted on Wednesday with a couple of fantastic scoring chances that were simply turned aside by Rask.

Even so, that has to be encouraging for the Rangers because if he keeps producing chances of that quality they are eventually going to start finding the back of the net. He is too good, too talented, and has too much of a track record to have simply forgotten how to score. It has to be frustrating, but the process was there on Wednesday. The results will soon follow.

DeBrusk and McAvoy with strong efforts for the Bruins

They only combined for a pair of assists on the stat sheet, but Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy were both outstanding for the Bruins on Wedneseday.

DeBrusk finished the game with a game-high seven shots on goal and was about half an inch away from scoring a goal when one of his shot attempts rang off the crossbar and dropped straight down onto the goal line.

McAvoy, meanwhile, continued his stellar season as the leader of the Bruins’ defense and played 25 minutes with four shots on goal and an assist on Marchand’s game-winner. That assist began with a great play in the defensive zone to win possession of the puck and send Marchand in on a breakaway.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

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    Bruins set NHL record with 12 straight home wins to start season

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    BOSTON — The Boston Bruins set the NHL record for most home victories to start a season with their 12th straight, topping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime with a power-play goal from David Pastrnak.

    The Bruins broke the mark of 11 that was set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and equaled by the Florida Panthers last season.

    “That felt awesome,” Bruins first-year coach Jim Montgomery said. “We talked about it after the second (period) going into the third. There’s been a lot of great teams in this league and you’re able to set a precedent, break a record. It’s pretty special and it doesn’t happen if those guys don’t believe in themselves like they do.”

    Boston, which trailed 2-0 late in the second period, tied it with 9:33 left in regulation when David Krejci scored his second of the game on a shot from the right point.

    “It’s never fun being down going into the third, you’re sitting in here (in the locker room) trying to figure it out,” Krejci said. “You want to come out and do the job, something special on the line. It’s hard to win in this league. To get 12 in a row at home is pretty special.”

    In overtime, Carolina was playing shorthanded after being called for too many men on the ice when Pastrnak one-timed a pass from Brad Marchand inside the far post from above the left circle.

    “It was a big win for us, obviously, coming from behind,” Pastrnak said.

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Stefan Noesen each scored a power-play goal for Carolina, and Pyotr Kochetkov made 38 saves. The Hurricanes lost their fifth straight.

    In a rematch of last spring’s opening-round playoff series that the Hurricanes won in seven games, Carolina shutout the NHL’s highest scoring team for nearly two periods and jumped ahead a pair of power-play goals in the opening period.

    “We took too many penalties. That’s hurting us right now,” Kotaniemi said. “I think 5-on-5 we’re doing a really good job. We started good tonight and couldn’t keep that up.”

    Boston’s tying goal was originally disallowed because of goaltender interference on Nick Foligno but overturned on a coach’s challenge after it was ruled that he was nudged into the crease by Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce.

    Boston starting goaltender Linus Ullmark made 28 saves but had to leave with 13:03 left in the third period with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Teammate Connor Clifton had jumped on him to block a shot during a scramble. Jeremy Swayman made six stops in relief.

    Carolina’s Noesen scored at 6:34 in to make it 1-0. And with five minutes left in the period, Kotkaniemi collected the puck near the side of the net after Seth Jarvis‘ shot bounced off the back glass and slipped it inside the post at 15:05.

    Krejci scored for Boston with 31 seconds left in the second.

    Boston came in with a league-high 82 goals in 20 games (4.10 per game), but it was held to relatively few chances despite getting a 5-on-3 power-play advantage early on.

    TAKE NOTE

    The Bruins honored captain Patrice Bergeron, who recorded his 1,000th career point when the team was on the road against Tampa Bay, with a message on the Jumbotron. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.

    Bergeron became just the fourth Bruin to reach the mark, joining Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).

    UP NEXT

    Hurricanes: Host the Calgary Flames.

    Bruins: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Predators postpone 2 games due to Nashville water main break

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  The Nashville Predators postponed two home games because of a water main break that soaked their downtown arena.

    Hours after the Predators decided they couldn’t play against the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced it also postponed the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Makeup dates for the two games will be announced later.

    The NHL said the water main break that occurred “significantly impacted the event level” of Bridgestone Arena. Team locker rooms and the ice surface are on the event level.

    Predators President and CEO Sean Henry told reporters that the water in the event level ranged from 3 inches to 3 feet.

    “We’re assessing it right now. We’re remediating it,” Henry said. “The good thing is, the water got shut off, the city responded in a pretty fast manner. I don’t think anyone is ready for things like this the Friday after Thanksgiving.”

    Video posted by a WTVF-TV reporter shows the water puddled up on the main floor’s concourse area and the team store. The team was forced to close the store until further notice, pointing shoppers online for Black Friday specials.

    The Predators’ next home game is now scheduled for Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

    The water issue also resulted in a switch to a different venue for a college hockey game between Northeastern and Western Michigan. They also had been scheduled to play at Bridgestone Arena, a game that was moved to Ford Ice Center Bellevue.

    Rangers trade Ryan Reaves to Wild for 5th-round pick in 2025

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The New York Rangers traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild for a 2025 fifth-round pick.

    Reaves had been a healthy scratch for eight of the past 12 games for the Rangers. He gives struggling Minnesota some extra muscle and a veteran presence.

    The 35-year-old is signed through only the rest of this season at a $1.75 million salary cap hit. He has no points and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games of his second season with New York.

    Reaves has played in 869 NHL regular-season and playoff games for the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights and Rangers. He was with the Golden Knights during their inaugural season in 2017-18 when the reached the Stanley Cup Final.

    Toronto’s Morgan Rielly placed on long-term injured reserve

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    TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Morgan Rielly on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury.

    Rielly was hurt in a collision with with New York forward Kyle Palmieri early in the third period of Toronto’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders at home.

    Rielly has no goals and 16 assists in 20 games this season and is averaging 23 minutes of ice time.

    Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said following practice that the 28-year-old Rielly doesn’t need surgery, adding there’s no firm timeline for his return beyond the minimum 24 days and 10 games required for going on long-term injured reserve.

    Toronto’s defense is also missing Jake Muzzin with a neck injury and T.J. Brodie with an injured oblique.