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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 1:00 am

NHL

Marchand saves Bruins in overtime

Associated Press

BOSTON – Brad Marchand has become Mr. Overtime for the Bruins.

Not just this season, but in franchise history.

The pesky forward completed his hat trick 34 seconds into overtime on Tuesday night to help Boston, which twice squandered two-goal leads, escape with a 6-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

“He's been a big-time player for our team for a long time now,” said defenseman Torey Krug, who had two goals and two assists. “And he obviously enjoys being that guy.”

It was his fourth game-winner in five Bruins overtimes this season. And it gave Marchand 11 overtime goals – a franchise record.

“Played with great players,” said Marchand, who also had two assists to help Boston win its fourth straight. “It makes it a lot easier.”

David Pastrnak had three assists for the Bruins, who led 2-0 after 52 seconds and never trailed but needed overtime after Martin Frk made it 5-5 midway through the third. Anton Khudobin made 30 saves for Boston.

Anthony Mantha had two goals and two assists for Detroit, which has lost four straight, seven of nine and 17 of 26 since it last topped .500 on Jan. 5.

BLUE JACKETS 4, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1: In Columbus, Ohio, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots, Artemi Panarin and Pierre Luc-Dubois each had a goal and two assists, and Columbus beat Vegas.

Zach Werenski and Ian Cole also scored for the Blue Jackets, winners of two straight and four of their last six. The victory over the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights helped Columbus hold onto the second wild card in the Eastern Division with 15 games remaining.

BLACKHAWKS 2, AVALANCHE 1, OT: In Chicago, Jonathan Toews scored nine seconds into overtime and had an assist in regulation to lead Chicago past Colorado.

The game-winner was generated directly from the faceoff at center ice. Toews pulled the draw to Duncan Keith, who fed Patrick Kane on the right side. Kane fed Toews on a 2-on-1 and the Chicago captain chipped his 18th goal past Semyon Varlamov from the low edge the right circle.