Krug Lifts Bruins Over Panthers With Overtime Game-Winner

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SUNRISE, Fla (AP) — Torey Krug bailed out the Boston Bruins on a night the NHL leaders didn’t have their best.

Krug scored 4:08 into overtime, Patrice Bergeron also had a goal and the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 Thursday for their fourth straight win.

Moments before he scored, Krug led a 2-on-1 rush with David Pastrnak that was disrupted by MacKenzie Weegar’s poke check. Pastrnak recovered the puck in the corner and passed to Krug, who wheeled into the high slot and slapped the winner past Chris Driedger.

“No fear. Just trying to let the screen set up and try to shoot back against the traffic,” Krug said. “It was just a matter of if it was going to go in or not.”

Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots for the Bruins.

“I didn’t think we had our best, our B game for the most part,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I didn’t love our game, but I loved the fact we stayed in the game and gave ourselves a chance to win.”

Driedger made 25 saves and Weegar scored, but Florida dropped a franchise-worst eighth straight home game and lost its fourth game in a row overall.

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