In a captivating NHL duel, the Boston Bruins pulled off a 4-3 overtime triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs, despite initially forfeiting a two-goal lead. The opening score was made by David Pastrnak, marking his 14th goal of the season, followed by Kevin Shattenkirk's goal, ably assisted by Pastrnak, pushing Boston ahead 2-0. However, the Maple Leafs countered the deficit with consecutive goals.
Thrilling Overtime Victory
Trent Frederic reestablished the lead for the Bruins in the third period, only for Auston Matthews of Toronto to level the game with mere six seconds remaining, scoring his second goal of the match. The game-deciding goal was netted by Brad Marchand, facilitated by Pastrnak, 4 minutes and 52 seconds into overtime. Marchand kick-started the play by intercepting the puck in the neutral zone, leading to Pastrnak's solo breakaway which eventually set up Marchand for the vacant-net goal.
Marchand Makes History
Marchand's goal marked his 18th game-winning goal in overtime during the regular season, placing him fourth in NHL history behind hockey legends Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and Jaromir Jagr.
Elsewhere in the NHL
In other NHL news, the Carolina Hurricanes dominated the Buffalo Sabres with a 6-2 victory, advancing to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Martin Necas contributed two assists for the Hurricanes, enhancing his season tally to 17 points and securing his place as the fourth most productive Czech player in the league. Meanwhile, Czech defenseman Filip Hronek assisted on two goals, aiding the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames. Hronek now has 25 points this season, ranking as the league's fourth-highest scoring defenseman.
Additionally, the Dallas Stars' Radek Faksa earned an assist in their 8-1 rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning, while the Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes, and St. Louis Blues all took part in thrilling games with a variety of outcomes.