Marchand spills Red Wings in OT

Bruins win 6-5

Boston’s David Backes (42) drops Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson (52) to the ice as they fight during the second period Tuesday. (AP Photo)

BOSTON (AP) — 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 overtime 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.

“Played with great players,” said Marchand, who also had two assists to help Boston win its fourth straight. “It makes it a lot easier.”

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.

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.

ALSO: Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots, Ryan Hartman scored at 5:33 of the third period and the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 Tuesday night for a franchise-record ninth straight victory.