Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bruins Stave off Elimination on Kuraly's Double OT Winner



The Boston Bruins are still alive.

The Bruins took out the Senators in double overtime on Friday at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa, battling back from a two-goal deficit and riding two goals from rookie Sean Kuraly, including the winner.

"It was just awesome to get that," Kuraly said. "Wow, feels good to get the win."

The 24-year-old, a fifth-round pick in the 2011 draft, has played in just 11 NHL games to date. He notched one assist in eight games for the Bruins in the regular season.

Kuraly had a goal disallowed in overtime when it was ruled that he interfered with goalie Craig Anderson, a call that was borderline at best, but nevertheless upheld by video review.

"Today I got a couple bounces," he said. "When you don't get them you just have to realize you're close. It was nice to get them tonight."

David Backes had the primary assist on each of Kuraly's goals. He also was seen giving the youngster a nice congratulatory headlock on the bench after the first one, which was his first NHL goal.

Sitting on the bench, Kuraly was put into a headlock by Backes, who had the primary assist on each of his goals. The veteran celebrated the moment, celebrated the joy with the rookie. "He's got the tools and he's flying," Backes said, according to Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com. "With [Krejci] out, with some of the other guys out, you need some guys to step up, and certainly tonight was his night. For a young kid, you can't be happier. Great kid that works his butt off. Again, tonight's his night. You love to see it. Boston's win sends the series back to Boston for Game 6 on Sunday.