RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — David Pastrnak scored on a nice centering pass from Carl Soderberg at 4:23 of overtime, giving the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
The win 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 of the teams.
Ryan Spooner scored for Boston early in the first period on Pastrnak’s assist.
Nathan Gerbe scored for Carolina late in the second period.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, who had left Saturday’s win over the New York Rangers because of dehydration early in the second period, had 30 saves.
Carolina’s Anton Khudobin, who played for Boston from 2011-13, stopped 28 shots.
Boston, 2-3-3 over its past eight games, is 5-0-1 in its past six games against Carolina.
Boston led 1-0 at the first intermission after outshooting the Hurricanes 10-8.
Spooner got the Bruins on the board at 2:21 of the first, beating Khudobin from the top of the left circle with Pastrnak getting the primary assist.
Gerbe evened the score on a rush at 19:38 of the second, taking Chris Terry’s cross-ice pass and beating Rask high over the right shoulder.
NOTES: The Bruins host Florida on Tuesday night. … Carolina’s next game is Tuesday at Washington. … Boston D Dougie Hamilton missed his fourth straight game with an undisclosed injury. RW Brett Connolly has been out since March 4 with a broken finger. LW Daniel Paille was a healthy scratch. … Carolina C Riley Nash did not play after suffering an upper body injury in pregame, while D Michal Jordan was a healthy scratch. D Jack Hillen (concussion) missed his 12th straight and D Rasmus Rissanen (knee) his seventh straight. … It was the 600th game for Hurricanes center and alternate captain Jordan Staal, who missed the season’s first 35 games with a broken leg. … It was the final meeting of the season for the teams. Boston won 2-1 at home on Nov. 15 and the Hurricanes won 2-1 in a shootout on Jan. 4.
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