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NHL Roundup: Bruins Overpower Hurricanes

  • Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, is congratulated by Matt Grzelcyk (48) following Pastrnak's game winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Boston won 6-4. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, is congratulated by Riley Nash (20), Brad Marchand (63) and Brandon Carlo (25) following Pastrnak's goal against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Boston won 6-4. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Boston Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk (48) scores against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) as Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin (74) dives to block during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Boston won 6-4. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Boston Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk (48) and Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams (14) make contact while chasing the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Boston Bruins' Rick Nash and Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (27) chase the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Boston Bruins' Jake DeBrusk (74) and Brian Gionta (12) try to take a shot against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) and Jordan Staal (11) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) chases the puck with Carolina Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin (74) as Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward keeps an eye on the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, gives up a goal by Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen, not shown, as Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11) reacts at left during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Boston Bruins' Brandon Carlo (25) chases the puck with Carolina Hurricanes' Derek Ryan (7) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Raleigh, n.c. — David Pastrnak scored three of Boston’s five goals in the final 10 minutes for his first career hat trick, and the Bruins stunned the Carolina Hurricanes by rallying for a 6-4 victory on Tuesday night.

Matt Grzelcyk, Pastrnak and Danton Heinen scored in a span of 77 seconds to turn a 4-1 Bruins deficit into a 4-all tie.

Grzelcyk fired home a slap shot with 9:56 remaining, Pastrnak scored on a wrister 56 seconds later and Heinen followed 21 seconds after that with the tying goal, banging home a one-timer off a 2-on-1 rush with David Krejci.

Pastrnak put Boston ahead on a power-play goal with 3:30 left and finished off his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 1:34 remaining.

Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who snapped a three-game road losing streak. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves.

Senators 7, Lightning 4

Tampa, Fla. — Mike Hoffman scored two goals and six other Ottawa players had multipoint games as the Senators stopped Tampa Bay’s 10-game streak without a regulation loss.

One night earlier, the struggling Senators halted Florida’s eight-game home winning streak.

Canadiens 4, Stars 2

Montreal — Artturi Lehkonen scored twice and Montreal snapped its five-game losing streak with a victory over Dallas.

Brendan Gallagher and Nikita Scherbak also scored for Montreal (26-32-12), which hadn’t won since March 2. Alex Galchenyuk had two assists.

Predators 3, Jets 1

Nashville, Tenn. — Pekka Rinne made 32 saves and surging Nashville scored two shorthanded goals in beating Winnipeg to tie for the top spot in the NHL standings.

Kevin Fiala, Austin Watson and Viktor Arvidsson had the goals for Nashville, which has won 11 of 12.

Avalanche 5, Wild 1

St. Paul, Minn. — Nathan MacKinnon scored his 33rd goal of the season, J.T. Compher had his first career two-goal game and Colorado dominated Minnesota again.

Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for Colorado. Nikita Zadorov and Tyson Jost also scored for the Avalanche, who have won the past three meetings this season by a combined score of 19-4.

Colorado has points in 10 of its past 11 games (6-1-4) and is three points behind Minnesota for third place in the Central Division. The Avalanche pulled into a tie with Dallas (82 points) for the first wild card in the Western Conference.

Mikko Koivu scored his 13th goal of the season for the Wild, who have lost just three times at home in regulation since Nov. 14.

Devan Dubnyk made 17 saves for Minnesota.

Upstart Colorado is trying to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and has been at its best against the Wild. MacKinnon, a Hart Trophy candidate for MVP, has led the way.

MacKinnon was held scoreless in the first meeting between the teams when Minnesota won at home on Nov. 24 in a shootout. But the Avalanche also control their home ice and earned a pair of wins in Colorado by scoring seven goals in each game, the most recent a 7-1 victory on March 2.

MacKinnon had three goals and five assists in the previous two meetings and gave the Avalanche a two-goal advantage on Tuesday by scoring just 11 seconds into the third period. MacKinnon picked up a loose puck and beat Koivu down the ice for an open shot and slid the puck under Dubnyk.

Compher opened the scoring in the first with his first goal in 17 games and 12th of the season.

Koivu scored on a 2-on-1 in the second as Charlie Coyle fed the puck across for a quick shot. But the Avalanche countered less than a minute later with Zadorov’s seventh of the season.

Minnesota had been the NHL’s best team at home, going 21-2-5 since Nov. 14, and had plenty of chances. The Wild had 10 of the first 11 shots and outshot the Avalanche 34-22 in the game but couldn’t solve Varlamov.

NOTES: Minnesota D Jared Spurgeon left early in the third period after crashing hard into the boards. Spurgeon’s legs were spread apart and split further after hitting the boards. He was helped off the ice and didn’t return. . Wild rookie D Nick Seeler returned to the lineup after missing three games with a right biceps strain. Gustav Olofsson was scratched. . Spencer Martin was recalled from the American Hockey League and dressed as the Avalanche’s backup goaltender, with Jonathan Bernier (head) scratched.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: At the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Wild: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.

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