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Penguins Drop Overtime Thriller

Pittsburgh rallies but Smith scores with 11 seconds left

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry (35) makes a save on a shot by Boston Bruins' Craig Smith (12) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Craig Smith scored with 11 seconds left in overtime, and the Boston Bruins recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Brad Marchand had a short-handed goal and assisted on Nick Ritchie’s goal to help the Bruins earn their third straight victory. Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots, giving up both Pittsburgh goals after he injured himself midway through the third period.

The Penguins rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third, with Jason Zucker making it 2-1 midway through the period and Kasperi Kapanen tying it with 3:16 to go. They had two exceptional chances to win it in overtime, but Evgeni Malkin’s breakaway early in the extra period went over Rask’s shoulder and off the crossbar; they had a 3-on-0 with about a minute left but didn’t get a shot off.

Instead, Smith converted on a give-and-go with David Krejci in front of the net.

Tristan Jarry stopped 33 shots for Pittsburgh, which had won four straight since starting the season 0-2.

The Bruins took the lead in the first period when Charlie McAvoy swiped the puck in his own end and shot it ahead to Marchand, who was breaking toward the Pittsburgh blue line. The Boston forward got to the faceoff circle, made a move toward the middle and then wristed the puck under Jarry’s glove to make it 1-0.

Ritchie made it 2-0 on a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period, redirecting a crossing pass from Marchand into the net.

The Penguins cut it to a one-goal lead when Rask injured himself going into a spread to make a save midway through the third period. He struggled to get back up, and left his stick on the ice when he did; Zucker fired one past the unarmed goalie to make it 2-1.

PANTHERS 4

BLUE JACKETS 3, SO

COLUMBUS — Carter Verhaeghe scored and assisted a goal to help lead the Panthers past the Blue Jackets in a shootout victory.

Anthony Duclair turned in two assists for Florida, while Patric Hornqvist and Aleksander Barkov also found the back of the net for Florida.

Cam Atkinson, Kevin Stenlund and Alexandre Texier each scored for Columbus.

FLYERS 5, DEVILS 3

NEW JERSEY — James van Riemsdyk blasted two goals into the cage to help the Flyers capture a victory over the Devils.

Ivan Provorov recorded a goal and two assists in the Philadelphia win.

Joel Farabee and Noal Patrick also each contributed goals to the cause.

Michael McLeod, Pavel Zacha and Travis Zajac scored for New Jersey.

SABRES 3, RANGERS 2

BUFFALO — Dylan Cozens, Jack Eichel and Tobias Rieder lit the lamp and the Sabres took care of the visiting Rangers.

Chris Kreider and K’Andre Miller scored for New York.

CAPITALS 3, ISLANDERS 2

WASHINGTON — Justin Schultz and John Carlson each scored and earned an assist in the Capitals’ triumph over the New York Islanders.

Daniel Sprong also found the back of the net in the Washington victory.

Mathew Barzal netted a goal and turned in an assist for New York and teammate Noah Dobson scored in the loss.

KINGS 2, WILD 1

MINNESOTA — Kurtis MacDermid and Carl Grundstrom led the Kings over the Wild with a goal apiece.

The lone goal by Minnesota came from the stick of Joel Eriksson Ek.

PREDATORS 3

BLACKHAWKS 2, OT

NASHVILLE — Roman Josi scored at 2:57 of overtime to give the Predators a thrilling win over the Blackhawks.

Yakov Trenin and Mikael Granlund also scored for Nashville.

JETS 6, OILERS 4

WINNIPEG — Andrew Copp scored two goals and Nikolaj Ehlers scored along with his three assists as the Jets downed the Oilers.

STARS 2

RED WINGS 1, OT

DALLAS — Jason Dickinson and John Klingberg each delivered goals in the Stars’ overtime victory over Detroit.

Vladislav Namestnikov netted the lone goal for the Red Wings.

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