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Bruins 6, Hurricanes 4: Bruins do it all with 10 minutes left in 3rd period

Ty Anderson
March 13, 2018 - 10:35 pm

After what might have been their ugliest period of the year, the Bruins began the third period with a David Pastrnak turnover at the attacking blue line. The Hurricanes immediately stormed down the other end and Brock McGinn’s finished a shorthanded attack on Tuukka Rask for a 4-1 Carolina lead just 51 seconds into the period.

To make matters worse, they were also dealt in-game injuries to their top two left-side defensemen, Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug, as well as top-six winger Jake DeBrusk.

It would have been enough to make you shut this on-screen nightmare off and go back and ‘finish’ shoveling the last gasps of a mid-March nightmare nor’easter.

So, if you’re just coming back in from handling Skylar, let me tell you: the Bruins somehow won this game by a 6-4 final, and did it in downright dominating fashion.

A Matt Grzelcyk breakaway goal brought the Bruins within two at the 10:04 mark of the third period. David Pastrnak sniped home his 25th goal of the year just 56 seconds after that, and Danton Heinen snapped a 15-game goalless drought 21 seconds after that.

In a span of 77 seconds, the Bruins turned a three-goal deficit into a tied game.

And you could feel this coming in waves, too, as the Bruins appeared even more unstoppable with each passing shift. Even with those aforementioned injuries (as well as the existing injuries that have knocked Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy out).

On the power play with under four minutes left in the game after an attempted Justin Faulk clear caught nothin’ but crowd, Pastrnak came through with another snipe, and put the Black and Gold up by one with just 3:30 left. Pastrnak then capped the period with an empty-netter, good for his first career hat trick, and a two-goal victory for Bruins.

It was an 8:22 span that featured five goals on 11 shots, and by all means erased every single negative you took from a horrendous opening two periods of action.  

“We’ve had a lot of pride of resolve in this locker room,” Grzelcyk said. “We were getting embarrassed for 40 minutes. We just wanted to turn the page, and luckily we found a way.”

They did this by winning almost every board battle, providing the support and layers that were not close to being there in the opening two frames, and with their best wingers being just that. 

"We don't quit and that showed today," Pastrnak said. 

Say what you will about Carolina (they’re a garbage team with garbage goaltender that’s now allowed at least five goals in 18 of their 70 games this season), but coming back from a three-goal deficit with just 10 minutes left in the third period and with just 15 skaters (and four defensemen!) at your disposal takes something else. Period.

But it’s also completely fits this B’s squad, which improved to 5-14-3 when trailing after two periods this season (the fifth-best winning percentage in that regard).

Quite simply, the Bruins are never out of a game. Not when they find that extra gear that's made them a legitimately great team this season, and no matter who Bruce Cassidy trusts to put out there. 

With an extra emphasis on the word 'trust' there, too. That happens with Cassidy trusting Heinen (in the midst of the worst slump of his NHL career) to take DeBrusk's spot on a second line with David Krejci and Rick Nash, and with Pastrnak thrown right back out there after an ugly turnover leading to Carolina's fourth goal. 

As an added bonus, this victory coupled with a Tampa Bay loss to the Senators finally allowed the Bruins to gain some ground on the Bolts. The Bruins now sit just four points away from first place in the Atlantic Division, and with two games in hand.

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