Boston’s David Krejci (46) smiles at teammate Shawn Thornton after his overtime goal gave the Bruins a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Boston Saturday.
BOSTON — David Krejci scored 1:28 into overtime to lift the surging Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon.
Reilly Smith and Zdeno Chara also scored for Eastern Conference-leading Boston, which beat the Hurricanes for the second time this week and improved to 7-1-2 in its last 10 games.
Bruins backup goaltender Chad Johnson, playing just his fourth game of the season, made 22 saves in place of resting Tuukka Rask.
Patrick Dwyer scored a short-handed goal and Andrej Sekera had one on the power play for the Hurricanes, who lost their fourth straight. Cam Ward stopped 35 shots.
Krejci scored into an empty net after Jarome Iginla broke in alone, forcing goaltender Cam Ward to come way out to try and cut down an angle. Iginla then dropped a pass to Krejci, who fired a wrister over a sprawling Ward for the game-winner.
The Bruins owned a 38-24 shot advantage. They won 4-1 in Carolina on Monday night.
With the Hurricanes trailing 2-1 and skating shorthanded after a bench minor for too many men on the ice, Dwyer collected a loose puck near center ice, broke in alone and slipped a backhander by Johnson’s blocker, tying it with 8:50 to play.
Boston, which dominated play for lengthy stretches in the second period, moved ahead 2-1 on Smith’s goal at 13:31. Smith collected the rebound in front after Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason blocked Carl Soderberg’s shot, he shifted to his backhand and slipped a shot into the net past Ward’s glove.
The Hurricanes were held without a shot on goal for nearly the opening 12 minutes of the second. Eric Staal finally ended the drought when he fired a shot from the left circle that Johnson stopped with a right-pad save.
The Bruins outshot Carolina 12-4 in the second and owned a 26-10 edge through two periods.
Chara’s power-play goal had tied the game 1-1 late in the opening period.
With the Hurricanes’ Manny Malhotra in the box with a double minor for high sticking, Chara collected the rebound of Milan Lucic’s shot in front and slipped a shot into a wide-open right side of the net.
Carolina grabbed a 1-0 lead on Sekera’s power-play goal just under 6 minutes into the game. Only a few minutes after Sekera had to be helped off favoring his right leg after blocking a shot, the defenseman sent a shot from the middle of the blue line. Johnson appeared to be screened and the puck slipped past him inside the left post.
NOTES: Carolina winger Jeff Skinner played his second straight game after missing his previous 11 with an upper body injury. It was the 200th game of his career. ... Hurricanes’ D Jay Harrison missed his third straight with an illness. .. It was the second of three meetings between the teams. ... The Bruins host Pittsburgh in its next game on Monday, the Penguins’ first visit to Boston since being swept in last spring’s Eastern Conference finals. ... Carolina is at home against Ottawa Sunday. ... Rask, who entered the day leading the NHL in save percentage (.945), had played the previous four games.MORE IN Sports Wire
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