McAvoy's Overtime Blast In San Jose Gives The Bruins Their Sixth Straight Win, Kuhlman Scores First NHL Goal
Last night was perhaps the game of the year so far for the Bruins, as they beat the San Jose Sharks 6-5 in overtime for their sixth straight win after blowing two different two-goal leads.
Boston is now 3-0 on their five-game road trip, and 8-0-3 in their last 11 games overall.
The Bruins led 3-1 after one period and 4-2 in the second before the Sharks scored three unanswered goals to take a 5-4 lead with 6:28 remaining in regulation.
With 1:49 to play, Chris Wagner (who fought Justin Braun in the second period) tied things at five with number eight on the season:
Which set up Charlie McAvoy's game-winning one-timer from David Krejci in overtime:
McAvoy's goal was his fourth of the season, coming on Krejci's third assist of the game.
Earlier in the game, forward Karson Kuhlman—playing in his second NHL game—officially entered the scoring department on assists from DeBrusk and Krejci:
Torey Krug (PPG, 6th), Zdeno Chara (4th), and Jake DeBrusk (18th) scored the other three goals for Boston. For DeBrusk, he's now scored a goal in four straight games.
Aside from DeBrusk and Krejci who combined for five assists, Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Danton Heinen, Noel Acciari, Sean Kuraly, and Brandon Carlo notched one each.
For the Sharks, old friend Joe Thornton (who played for the Bruins from 1997-2005) was the star of the night, recording his fifth career hat trick and first since October 2010, as he scored goals number one, three, and five for San Jose.
The 39-year-old was ecstatic:
Thornton now has 13 goals on the season; Joe Pavelski (32nd) and Logan Couture (penalty shot, 22nd) accounted for San Jose's two other goals on Monday night.
Boston and San Jose's records stood the same at 35-17-7 following the game. The Bruins' next game on their road-trip will be tomorrow night against the Vegas Golden Knights (32-25-4) at 10 pm ET.