Bruins Rally Late, Beat Wild 5-4 in OT on Krug’s Goal

BOSTON — Torey Krug scored 2:41 into overtime after David Krejci had two goals in the final two minutes of regulation, rallying the Boston Bruins to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Jake DeBrusk and Brad Marchand also scored to help Boston pick up at least a point for the seventh straight game (4-0-3). Tuukka Rask finished with 32 saves in place of backup Jaroslav Halak, who was scheduled to start.

Victor Rask, Eric Staal, Kevin Fiala and Jason Zucker scored for the Wild, who were on the verge of sending Boston to its first regulation loss at home this season but fell to 3-0-2 in their last five games. Alex Stalock had 34 saves.

The Bruins remained the only NHL team yet to lose in regulation at home (9-0-4).

Krug cut between a pair of Minnesota players and slipped a shot between Stalock’s pads for the game-winner.

Trailing 4-2, Boston started its improbable comeback when Krejci scored his first with Tuukka Rask off for an extra skater with 1:55 to play. Then, with Luke Kunin off for tripping and Rask pulled again, Krejci one-timed Patrice Bergeron’s shot by Stalock from the left circle with 1:07 left in regulation.

David Krejci Boston Bruins
David Krejci, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Trailing 1-0, Boston tied it when DeBrusk, cutting across in front of the crease, tipped Zdeno Chara’s shot into the net at 4:14 of the second.

Minnesota moved back ahead exactly two minutes later on Victor Rask’s second of the season. Skating in hard for the rebound of Jared Spurgeon’s shot from the point, the puck went into the net off the centre’s right skate as he collided with Boston defenceman Steven Kampfer.

With Chara off on a double minor for high sticking, Staal chopped a rebound into the net from the edge of the crease, making it 3-1.

Marchand shovelled a short shot by Stalock with 3.1 seconds left in the second.

Fiala was credited with a goal when the puck went into the net off Boston defenceman Krug, making it 4-2 at 5:19 of the third.

Minnesota opened the scoring at 8:53 of the first when Zucker, positioned just outside the crease, scored on a backhander off the rebound of Brad Hunt’s shot from the right point 7 seconds into a power play.

Jason Zucker
Jason Zucker (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

As Boston defenceman Charlie McAvoy’s penalty expired later into the period, he jumped onto the ice and joined in to make a 2-on-none break with Marchand, who fed the puck over, but Stalock came across the crease to rob him. McAvoy, still looking for his first goal this season, also charged in for a loose puck early in the third but fired it over the net on a shot that would have tied it.


Krug returned after missing the previous five games with an upper-body injury and teammate Brett Ritchie was also back in the lineup after missing the last game with the flare-up of an infection. … Minnesota F Marcus Foligno was sidelined for the seventh straight game with a lower-body injury. … It was the first time this season Boston’s allowed the first goal in consecutive games.


Wild: At the New York Rangers on Monday night in Mats Zuccarello’s return to Madison Square Garden.

Bruins: At longtime rival Montreal on Tuesday night.


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Ken Powtak, The Associated Press