DETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou tied it midway through the third period and scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night.

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 21: Andreas Athanasiou #72 of the Detroit Red Wings shoots past Torey Krug #47 of the Boston Bruins to score the game winning overtime goal to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 at Little Caesars Arena on November 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit, which has won nine of 11 and is over .500 (10-9-2) for the first time this season.

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 21: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a diving save after a shot by Danton Heinen #43 of the Boston Bruins during the first period at Little Caesars Arena on November 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Chris Wagner scored for Boston, which lost for only the third time to the Red Wings in the last 18 meetings (15-1-2). Tuukka Rask made 24 saves.

Athanasiou got control of a loose puck in the slot during overtime, spun around and beat Rask for hits team-leading ninth goal.

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 21: Andreas Athanasiou #72 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his game winning overtime goal with Mike Green #25 to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 at Little Caesars Arena on November 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Athanasiou tied it 8:59 into the third when he put in the rebound of Gustav Nyquist’s shot from the left circle off the rush.

Wagner made it 2-1 6:45 into the third when he tipped Sean Kuraly’s shot. It was Wagner’s second goal.

Forsbacka Karlsson gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 4:08 into the second period when he put in a loose puck from a goal-mouth scramble. It was Forsbacka Karlsson’s second goal.

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(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Bertuzzi tied it at 1 9:48 into the middle period when he tipped defenseman Nik Jensen’s shot between Rask’s pads. It was Bertuzzi’s sixth goal.

NOTE: Boston D Kevan Miller returned after missing 13 games with a hand injury. … The Bruins were without several key players due to injuries including star C Patrice Bergeron (rib/sternoclavicular), D Zdeno Chara (lower body) and D Charlie McAvoy (concussion). … LW Thomas Vanek returned for Detroit after missing eight games with a knee injury. … The Red Wings recalled C Christoffer Ehn from AHL Grand Rapids.

UP NEXT:

Boston: Hosts Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Detroit: Visits Washington on Friday night.

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