Bruins center Charlie Coyle celebrates after scoring the tying goal in the third period Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston won in overtime, 2-1. Steven Senne/Associated Press

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins notched their 61st victory of the season Thursday night. They can only hope that it wasn’t a costly one.

David Pastrnak blasted a one-timer past Ilya Samsonov at 2:30 of overtime to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. It was Pastrnak’s 57th of the year, coming off a nice feed from Dmitry Orlov on a 4-on-4 just after a Toronto penalty expired.

But the Bruins have to be holding their breath after Charlie McAvoy left the game in the second period when he crashed hard into the boards. He did not return, and it was announced he had an upper body injury.

Shortly before the winner, Pavel Zacha was called for a hand pass off a faceoff – a two-minute penalty – but the officials got together and correctly rescinded the call, thus allowing the Bruins to notch the winner.

The Bruins trailed 1-0 in the third period but, just after their third failed power play, they tied it at 11:32. Brandon Carlo used all 6-6 of his frame to make a leaping keep-in at the right point, then and got the puck to Charlie Coyle. The big centerman drifted over to the left circle and snapped a shot that beat Samsonov.

Things got testy at the 14:33 mark of the first period when Sam Lafferty hit an off-balance Matt Gzelcyk and knocked the Bruins defenseman into the boards hard and awkwardly. Though the hit wasn’t egregious, the result looked bad and A.J. Greer felt compelled to exact some revenge, immediately throwing off his gloves and landing a couple of shots on Lafferty. Greer wound up getting a two minutes for instigation, five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct.


Jeremy Swayman’s best save came on the penalty kill when he kicked out a William Nylander slot shot.

Both Swayman and Samsonov kept the game scoreless through the first half of the second period but a Bruins mistake led to the first goal of the game. Pastrnak’s diagonal breakout pass was picked off by Lafferty just outside the Boston blue line, and he dumped it into the opposite corner. The puck rimmed back out high to Zac Aston-Reese on the left wing, while Lafferty headed to the net to receive Aston-Resse’s perfect return pass at the right post for the goal at 11:34.

DEVILS 8, BLUE JACKETS 1: Jack Hughes scored two goals and set up two by Timo Meier as host New Jersey had its biggest offensive output in more than four years.

Tomas Tatar, Erik Haula, Damon Severson and Ryan Graves also scored as the Devils earned their 50th win of the season, one off the franchise record set in 2008-09.

PENGUINS 4, WILD 1: Tristan Jarry stopped 27 shots and Pittsburgh kept pace in the race for one of the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference with a win over visiting Minnesota.

Kris Letang, Rickard Rakell, Jason Zucker and Jeff Carter scored for the Penguins, who are trying to extend their playoff streak to 17 years.


FINES: Alex Killorn of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Adam Fox of the New York Rangers were fined $5,000 apiece for separate slashing incidents in the teams’ game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

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