Di Giuseppe's Goal In OT Lifts Hurricanes Over Bruins

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara keeps the puck away from Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner a game at the Garden, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Boston. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara keeps the puck away from Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner a game at the Garden, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Boston. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The Carolina Hurricanes didn't give the Boston Bruins much of a chance in overtime.

Carolina controlled the puck from the beginning of OT and kept it short, beating the Bruins 3-2 on Phillip Di Giueseppe's goal 1:30 into the OT on Thursday night.

"We believe you've got to hang on to the puck in overtime. Once you give it up, you typically don't get it back," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "We want to be an attacking team."

The Hurricanes were just that, keeping the Bruins from registering a shot before Di Giuseppe poked in a rebound after Tuukka Rask stopped Jeff Skinner on a breakaway.

Rookie Noah Hanifin had two assists, including the pass to Skinner to set up the winning goal. It was the first NHL game in Boston for Hanifin, who grew up in the area and starred at Boston College before the Hurricanes selected him fifth overall in the 2015 draft.

"It was a really cool experience," said Hanifin, who regrouped the Hurricanes before the game-winner with a pass back to goalie Cam Ward.

Ward passed it back to Hanifin, who spotted Skinner up the ice and the game was over moments later.

"I got the puck back and I saw Jeff kind of going for a breakaway there and tried to zip it up to him," Hanifin said. "Phil crashed the net up there and got a good rebound."

The officials reviewed the play for a few minutes before ruling there was no interference when Skinner made contact with Rask outside the crease.

It was the fourth OT game in a row for the Bruins, who still pulled ahead of Tampa Bay for sole possession of the Atlantic Division lead with the single point.

"I don't think we're going to make that big of a deal in being first place," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "We lost a game tonight and even if it means that point got us in first, we're certainly not satisfied with that."

Elias Lindholm and Nathan Gerbe also scored for Carolina and Ward stopped 30 shots. Riley Nash had two assists for Carolina.

Loui Eriksson and David Pastrnak scored for Boston, which still hasn't lost in regulation since Feb. 28.

Rask finished with 25 saves for the Bruins, who outshot the Hurricanes 32-28.

Pastrnak's 10th goal of the season tied it at 2-all 5:54 into the third. David Krejci sent a long clearing pass that Pastrnak caught up to deep in the Carolina zone with only one defender and Ward to beat.

Pastrnak caught them both off guard with a high shot past Ward to tie it again and revive the Bruins, who outshot the Hurricanes 24-15 in the first two periods yet trailed 2-1 entering the third.

"We were a little too easy to break out against early, then once we got a little more committed and physical we were better," Peters said.

Carolina regained the lead 8:34 into the second when Gerbe poked in a rebound after Rask stopped Chris Terry's shot. Nash also assisted on the goal, which developed after Boston's Ryan Spooner missed on a breakaway and the puck bounced hard off the boards toward the other end.

Eriksson scored a power-play goal 5:13 into the second to tie it at 1-all off a cross-ice pass from Patrice Bergeron. Torey Krug also assisted on the goal, which Ward nearly stopped. Ward scrambled across the crease in time to catch the puck with his stick, but it carried into the back of the net.

The goal came 33 seconds into a slashing penalty on Terry, just the second called on Carolina in the game. The Hurricanes had just killed a holding penalty called on Lindholm in the opening minute of the second period.


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