Bruins blow past Hurricanes in OT

The Bruins beat the Hurricanes for the second time in a week, this time, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Jarome Iginla passed the puck back to David Krejci, who waited out Cam Ward (35 saves) and finished high for a memorable game-winner just 1:28 into the extra session. Krejci couldn’t have picked a better time to end a seven-game goal-less drought and his teammates had to be thrilled they didn’t go to a shootout for the second straight game after losing, 3-2, to St. Louis on Thursday on their home ice.

“I thought we were the better team,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien whose team outshot Carolina 38-24 but allowed a shorthanded goal with 8:50 left in the third period that tied it at two. “We stayed composed and didn’t get mad (after Patrick Dwyer’s tally) about it on the bench. We haven’t been so lucky in shootouts (1-2) so we used three forwards in overtime instead of the normal two (4-on-4).”

Boston backup goaltender Chad Johnson (22 saves) had to stay focused through long stretches of inaction but he managed to pick up his third win in four starts this season.

“That’s what you want from your second goaltender,” added Julien about Johnson. “It’s tough for any goalie to sit for that long between chances.”

Carolina’s first goal was pretty weak on two accounts: Carl Soderberg was in the box for a questionable hooking call and then Andrej Sekera beat Johnson with a long-range wrist shot from the point that simply has to be stopped. Boston answered with a power-play goal on their first man advantage of the contest as Zdeno Chara batted in a juicy rebound by Ward. All four of Chara’s goals this season have been on the power play.

Boston’s third line came through again as Reilly Smith made it 2-1 midway through the second period after good work from his linemates Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg. It turned out that Krejci’s goal was the only shot on goal in overtime for either team. The Bruins will face a much stiffer challenge on Monday (7, NESN) as they host the Penguins, the first time Pittsburgh has been in Boston since getting swept in the Eastern Conference Finals last June.

What they’ll be saying: It’s a good thing the Bruins earned two points because this would have been a bitter defeat to swallow. They outplayed the Hurricanes for most of the game, save for a soft goal and terrible giveaway that led to their shorthanded strike. Johnson still hasn’t faced a good team (Sabres, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes) but he has given up only two goals in three of those starts and three in the other. It’s hard to see him being a starting goaltender in the NHL but I guess he fits the mold of a backup goaltender that is able to win a game here or there if you pick and choose his spots. One of the most noticeable differences for Boston vs. last year’s squad is that their third line is so much more reliable and able to produce points. Smith, Soderberg and Kelly are in a groove right now and Julien noted how he wished the other lines were as consistent lately. It was a rare off-game for Torey Krug (1 assist, -1, 17:53). He is still making a serious push for the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) and maybe even an invitation to the US Olympic team in February.

Follow Metro Boston Bruins beat writer Richard Slate on Twitter: @RichSlate



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Federal mediator joins Met Opera labor talks as…

Unions representing the orchestra and chorus of the Met Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join labor talks on Thursday as a threatened lockout loomed.

Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

Movies

Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a refreshingly…

Marvel is sitting so high on a cash mountain that it's now thrown $170 million at the relatively obscure and very silly title "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Movies

Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.

Movies

Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).

Movies

Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.

MLB

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…