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Bruins rally, beat Wings in overtime

The Sports Xchange

December 14. 2017 12:57AM
Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with teammates during Wednesday's game against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)

DETROIT — Brad Marchand’s goal 35 seconds into overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday night.

Marchand also had an assist and Noel Acciari and David Pastrnak also scored for Boston, which won its third straight. Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots.

Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin scored for Detroit, which has lost 10 of its last 11 (1-5-5). Jimmy Howard made 29 saves.

Marchand scored on a backhander off a breakaway as he fought off the check of Red Wings defenseman Mike Green. It was Marchand’s 12th goal.

Pastrnak tied the game with 1:26 left with Rask pulled for the extra attacker. He put a one-timer into the open side of the net off a cross-ice pass from Marchand . It was Pastrnak’s team-leading 15th goal.

Larkin’s shorthanded goal with 8:26 left in the third period gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. He took a pass from Darren Helm in the neutral zone, raced down the ice and put a backhand shot past Rask after a move. It was Larkin’s fifth goal of the season. It came with Green in the penalty box for holding Pastrnak.

Acciari scored three minutes into the second period to tie the game 1-1.

He put one in from just under the right circle off a goal-mouth scramble. It was Acciari’s second goal. He came back from an upper-body injury, which caused him to miss the Bruins previous game.

Tatar’s power-play goal 9:15 into the second period gave Detroit a 1-0 lead. His wrist shot from the left circle beat Rask low on the far side with Justin Abdelkader providing a net-front presence. It was Tatar’s ninth goal and came just 13 seconds after Boston’s Patrice Bergeron went off for tripping Andreas Athanasiou.

Howard stopped Pastrnak on a breakaway with 9:28 left in the middle period.

The first period was scoreless. Detroit outshot Boston nine to two, but most of the shots were from the outside.

Note: It was the first of back-to-back games for Boston. The Bruins host the Washington Capitals tonight. ... Detroit sent Tyler Bertuzzi to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. ... Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller missed the game due to the birth of his child. ... Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda was formerly a Bruins assistant coach. ... Pastrnak played his 200th career game.