Bruins defeat Hurricanes in 2OT in Game 1 of Eastern First Round


Patrice Bergeron scored at 1:13 of the second overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday.

Bergeron added an assist, David Pastrnak, Charlie Coyle and David Krejci scored and Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for the Bruins, the No. 4 seed in the East who were 0-3-0 in the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Teams that win Game 1 are 478-219 (68.6 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL playoff series.

Joel Edmundson, Brock McGinn and Haydn Fleury scored, and Petr Mrazek made 36 saves for the Hurricanes, the No. 5 seed.

Game 2 is in Toronto, the hub city in the East, on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

The game was rescheduled from 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday after the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets played the fourth-longest game in NHL history, a 3-2 five-overtime win by the Lightning in their first-round opener.

Fleury tied the game 3-3 at 9:49 of the third period with a shot from the point that beat a screened Rask. Krejci gave Boston a 3-2 lead at 59 seconds.

The Bruins went ahead 2-1 when Coyle collected a loose puck and scored at 4:38 of the second. The goal was upheld by video review when it was determined Mrazek controlled the puck prior to the goal, which nullified a potential hand pass.

McGinn responded with a shorthanded breakaway goal for a 2-2 tie at 4:59 after intercepting a cross-ice pass from Pastrnak.

Edmundson gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 13:02 of the first when his shot from the point squeezed between the arm and body of Rask.

Pastrnak tied it 1-1 at 17:45 when he one-timed a pass from Marchand after a face-off win by Bergeron.

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