Boston Bruin David Pastrnak, center, basks in his game-winning overtime goal against the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday with teammates Torey Krug, right, and Chris Kelly in Raleigh, N.C.
RALEIGH, N.C. - A couple of rookies came up big for the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, scoring the winner on a nice centering pass from Carl Soderberg at 4:23 of overtime and the Bruins earned a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The victory put the Bruins three points ahead of Ottawa and four up on Florida in their race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has a game in hand on both teams.
"I can't say enough about (Carolina)," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "They're a good team. It's a little bit mind-boggling for me to see them in the position they are right now, because if they continue to progress that way, they're going to be a team to be reckoned with.
"We had to play very big today and you could feel it. Shifts were short. I had to use my whole bench, but at the end of the day it's about finding ways to win. We have to win games if we want to be in there and we can't rely on others."
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