Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - David Krejci provided the game-winning goal
with under two minutes remaining, as the Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina
Hurricanes, 5-3, on Monday at PNC Arena.
Zdeno Chara tallied a goal and two assists, while Nathan Horton and Tyler
Seguin each registered a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have opened a
season with points in each of their first five games, going 4-0-1, for the
first time since 1990-91.
Anton Khudobin made his first start of the season and turned away 29 shots in
Eric Staal recorded a goal and an assist and Jamie McBain and Jeff Skinner
each scored once for the Hurricanes, who were coming off back-to-back wins
"We did some good things, but obviously not enough to try and salvage at least
a point in this game," Staal said.
Cam Ward was charged for four goals on 37 shots in the setback.
After an evenly played opening 40 minutes found the teams locked at 3-3,
Boston dominated the third period, outshooting Carolina 18-8. The Bruins were
unable to break through until the closing minutes.
With just under two minutes left, Horton ripped a shot from below the right
circle that found iron. The rebound bounced into the right circle, where
Dougie Hamilton slid a cross-ice pass to Krejci waiting in the left circle.
Krejci then one-timed a blast past a sprawling Ward to make it 4-3 at the
Seguin added an empty-net, power-play tally with eight seconds left.
"We just kept pushing and it came right down to the end," Horton said. "Twenty
minutes for a win and that's what happened."
Boston's special teams staked it to a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Chara
having a hand in both goals.
The first came shorthanded at the 3:16 mark when Brad Marchand accepted a pass
in the right circle from Chara at the left point and one-timed the puck past
Ward for a 1-0 edge.
Chara then doubled the advantage while on the power play just under three
minutes later when he wristed a shot from the point that sailed through a
screen and past Ward for a 2-0 lead at the 6:15 mark.
Staal then helped the Hurricanes trim the margin in half at the 14:50 mark
when he flipped a pass from outside the right circle toward the slot where a
cutting McBain was able to get his stick on the puck and redirect it past
Boston restored its two-goal lead late in the second when Horton danced past a
defender at the blue line before ripping a wrister high over the stacked pads
of Ward at the 15:52 mark, but the Hurricanes answered with a pair of goals
just 50 seconds apart to send the game into the final frame locked at 3-3.
Skinner registered the first goal with a backhand tally at the 17:55 mark
before Alexander Semin came up with a steal deep in Boston's zone and slid a
pass into the slot for Staal, who slipped a shot through the five-hole of
Khudobin to knot the game at the 18:45 mark.
Boston killed all six Carolina power plays and is now 23-for-23 on the penalty
kill this season ... Boston went 2-for-4 on the power play ... Semin finished
with two assists ... Carolina had won four straight against the Bruins.
Forslund talks Canes and Caps John Forslund joined Adam and Joe to preview the Hurricanes and the Capitals. Right now, the team does not play with a consistent work ethic. Slow starts have become way too frequent. Carolina needs to turn things around, and the front line has to lead the way.
Muller: I thought that was Jordan's best game Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller was very pleased with the efforts of the Jordan Staal, Patrick Dwyer, and Nathan Gerbe line, which scored both Hurricanes' goals in a 2-1 win over Colorado.
Muller: We lost a chess match Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller says his team went toe-to-toe with one of the best in the Western Conference ,but fell a little short against the Minnesota Wild.
Hurricanes fall to Blackhawks in shootout, 3-2 The Carolina Hurricanes rallied from two goals down in the third period to send the game to overtime Tuesday at PNC Arena, but Chicago's Patrick Sharp tallied the lone goal of the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 win.
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