Sebastian Aho netted the Carolina Hurricanes’ game-winning goal at 1:34 of overtime to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes took the season series with a two games to one margin, and earned five out of six possible points against the Bruins.
However, Boston struck first in the first period with a quick passing play started by former Hurricane Riley Nash. He chased a dump in past Cam Ward before feeding it to Dominic Moore in one face-off circle, who then spun a pass around to the goal-scorer Tim Schaller for an easy backhand finish. The period ended with a 1-0 scoreline for the Bruins.
Aho began the scoring for the Hurricanes at 2:57 of the second period with a deflection of a Jaccob Slavin shot. Claude Julien and the Bruins would challenge the play in hopes of getting a goaltender interference call, but the goal stood after review.
The teams traded chances for the remainder of the period, but only Carolina broke through with a Derek Ryan goal at 14:28. Ryan and Jordan Staal broke into the zone on a 2-on-1, with the latter feeding a pass to the former for the finish.
In the third period, the scoring ramped up in a hurry. The teams combined for three goals in two minutes, with David Backes and Brad Marchand sandwiching a Jay McClement goal. The 3-3 tie remained unbroken until overtime, when Aho rifled home his 10th goal of the year, and second of the game.
Cam Ward made 32 saves, while Boston’s rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre finished with 26 of his own. There were only two penalties in the game—one levied to each team.
The Hurricanes will play host to the still-hot Blue Jackets on Tuesday as they continue their home-stand, which has three games remaining.
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