Pasta the hero in OT: What was primarily a frustrating night at Rogers Place for the Boston Bruins still managed to end on a high note — as David Pastrnak scored at 1:14 in overtime to lift Boston past the Oilers, 2-1, on Wednesday night. With the win, Boston has now won four straight and 10 of its last 11 games. More importantly, the 38-11-12 Bruins also continued to stay ahead of the red-hot Lightning in the race for the top spot in the Atlantic, building themselves for a three-point cushion.
Pastrnak’s OT winner — a breakaway tally generated off of a fantastic feed from David Krejci — was the final segment in a reel of game film that Bruce Cassidy and Co. might want to burn before heading down to Calgary. While Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring for the visitors at 8:28 in the opening period, Boston failed to land a knockout punch against an Oilers team playing without Connor McDavid for the fifth straight game.
Edmonton only landed two shots on goal against Tuukka Rask in the first 20 minutes of play, but managed to shake off the rust as the contest progressed — with Rask forced to make 18 stops in the following period.
Edmonton secured the equalizer off of a power-play goal from Sam Gagner at 3:42 in the third period, while Boston’s stagnant power play (0-for-7) prevented the B’s from putting this one away before the final seconds ticked away in regulation.
But Pastrnak — entering the night just one goal back of Auston Matthews for the league lead — closed out the victory for Boston in short order, skating in alone and tucking the puck past Mike Smith in the extra periodfor his 43rd tally on the season.