Ex-Northern Michigan University goalie Jared Coreau suffers tough night as Detroit Red Wings lose at Boston in OT
By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON — Brad Marchand has become Mr. Overtime for the Bruins.
Not just this season, but in franchise history.
The pesky forward completed his hat trick 34 seconds into overtime on Tuesday night to help Boston, which twice squandered a two-goal lead in regulation, escape with a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
“He’s been a big-time player for our team for a long time now,” said defenseman Torey Krug, who had two goals and two assists. “And he obviously enjoys being that guy.”
It was his fourth game-winner in five Bruins OT wins this season. And it gave Marchand 11 overtime goals — a franchise record, though the NHL didn’t start playing regular-season overtimes until 1983.
David Pastrnak had three assists for the Bruins, who led 2-0 after 52 seconds and never trailed but needed overtime after Martin Frk made it 5-5 midway through the third period. Anton Khudobin made 30 saves for Boston.
Anthony Mantha had two goals and two assists for Detroit, which has lost four straight, seven of nine and 17 of 26 since it last topped .500 on Jan. 5.
Former Northern Michigan University goalie Jared Coreau was beaten by the first two shots he faced and stopped just 12 of 16 shots before he was replaced 3:27 into the second period. Jimmy Howard faced 19 shots and saved 17 of them.
Coreau made his first NHL appearance of the season after being named the AHL goaltender of the month in February.
The Bruins led 2-0, 4-2 and 5-3 before Mantha scored his second goal in a four-minute span to make it a one-goal game with a little more than four minutes left in the second. It stayed that way until Frk was left alone in the slot, falling to his knees as he swatted the pass from Tyler Bertuzzi into the net with 10:14 remaining in regulation.
The Red Wings attacked first in OT but got a bad bounce off an official near the blue line to send the Bruins off on a rush. Marchand picked up a rebound off Krug’s shot, moved it to his backhand and scored the winner.
“Most nights it’s not going to be 6-5,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “But when it is, the guys have got to know they’ve got a chance to get it done.”