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Pastrnak's 3rd-period hat trick lifts Bruins past Hurricanes

Field Level Media
March 13. 2018 11:55PM
The Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak celebrates one of his three goals with Brad Marchand, Riley Nash and Brandon Carlo, while the Carolina Hurrianes' Cam Ward looks on during the third period at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)



The Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak, bottom, fires the puck past the Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward (30) and Jaccob Slavin (74) for what proved to be the game-winning goal during the third period at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The Bruins won, 6-4. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

David Pastrnak scored three goals in the third period to complete a huge Boston comeback as the Bruins took down the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4 on Tuesday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

Pastrnak notched a power-play goal with 3:30 remaining to give the Bruins their first lead since it was 1-0. Matt Grzelcyk and Brad Marchand assisted on the go-ahead tally.

Pastrnak added an empty-net goal with 1:34 to play for his 27th goal of the season.

The Hurricanes had scored four consecutive goals before Boston matched that production.

Marchand, Grzelcyk and Danton Heinen also scored for Boston. Riley Nash and Marchand each provided two assists while Pastrnak and Grzelcyk had one apiece.

Carolina's goals were scored by Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, Justin Williams and Brock McGinn. Elias Lindholm and Justin Faulk both had two assists.

The Bruins scored three goals in 77 seconds to wipe out a third-period deficit before capturing the lead. Grzelcyk began the rally with 9:56 minutes to play before Pastrnak added to the surge 56 seconds later.

The outcome was another devastating blow to Carolina's fading playoff hopes in the Eastern Conference.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots.

Carolina goalie Cam Ward made 28 saves. The Hurricanes were coming off a 6-3 loss at night earlier at the New York Rangers when Scott Darling was in the Carolina nets.

Boston scored on five of 15 third-period shots.

Marchand, who missed Sunday's loss at Chicago because of an upper-body injury, scored with 10.5 seconds left in the first period for the game's first goal.

The Bruins outshot Carolina 13-7 in the first period before the Hurricanes came out buzzing with an active second period.


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