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Late goal keeps Bruins hot

Bruins forward David Krejci watches his winning goal, set up by a Dougie Hamilton pass, go past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.

Associated Press

Bruins forward David Krejci watches his winning goal, set up by a Dougie Hamilton pass, go past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dougie Hamilton figured he'd already shot — and missed — enough.

So with the game on the line and the puck on his stick, the rookie defenseman deferred to one of the Bruins' veterans.

David Krejci scored the tiebreaking goal off a pass from Hamilton with 1:50 left to help the Bruins beat the Hurricanes 5-3 on Monday night.

"I figured I'd already taken enough shots where I didn't score, so I saw (Krejci) open backdoor and I just put it over to him," Hamilton said. "And he put it home."

Zdeno Chara had a power-play goal and two assists, Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist.

The Northeast Division leaders remained unbeaten in regulation and opened the season by earning points in five straight games for the first time since 1990-91.

"We're ready to go. We know it's a short season (and) it's really important to get points early in the season," Krejci said.

Eric Staal had a goal and an assist, and he and Jeff Skinner scored 50 seconds apart late in the second to help the Hurricanes erase a two-goal deficit.

The Bruins "are a veteran team that's gone through these type of games and they came out hard and they gave us a lesson on playing 60 minutes solid," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Former Lightning forward Vinny Prospal scored from a hard angle at 1:22 of the third and Sergei Bobrovsky had 24 saves as the host Blue Jackets ended a four-game skid, beating the Stars 2-1. Jamie Benn saw his first action of the season and had an assist for Dallas; he signed a five-year, $26.5 million deal last week after missing five games during negotiations. … Chad Johnson, called up last week from AHL Portland after former Lightning goalie Mike Smith was hurt, earned his first NHL shutout in his Phoenix debut as the host Coyotes beat the Predators 4-0. Johnson had 22 saves.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban re-signed for two years, $5.75 million. Subban, 23, missed training camp and the first four games while negotiating.

AHL ALL-STAR GAME: Lightning prospect Radko Gudas, a defenseman with Syracuse, had two assists for the Eastern Conference in a 7-6 loss to the West in Providence, R.I. Three other Lightning prospects played and had one assist each: Center Tyler Johnson, defenseman Mark Barberio and wing Richard Panik.

Bruins 2 1 2 5
at Hurricanes 1 2 0 3

First1, Boston, Marchand 3 (Chara, Bergeron), 3:16 (sh). 2, Boston, Chara 2 (Krejci, Seguin), 6:15 (pp). 3, Carolina, McBain 1 (E.Staal, Semin), 14:50. PenaltiesKhudobin, Bos, served by Lucic (delay of game), 1:40; Dwyer, Car (interference), 5:28; Harrison, Car (hooking), 9:06; Lucic, Bos, major (fighting), 11:06; Gleason, Car, major (fighting), 11:06; Marchand, Bos (hooking), 11:25.

Second4, Boston, Horton 2 (Chara, J.Boychuk), 15:52. 5, Carolina, Skinner 5 (J.Staal), 17:55. 6, Carolina, E.Staal 4 (Semin), 18:45. PenaltiesBoston bench, served by Seguin (too many men), 1:04; Bergeron, Bos (hooking), 2:48; Johnson, Bos (cross-checking), 8:52.

Third7, Boston, Krejci 1 (Hamilton, Horton), 18:10. 8, Boston, Seguin 1, 19:52 (en-pp). PenaltiesHarrison, Car (hooking), 4:43; Bourque, Bos (tripping), 6:23; E.Staal, Car (slashing), 18:29; Bergeron, Bos (roughing), 19:52; Skinner, Car (roughing), 19:52. Shots on GoalBoston 11-9-18—38. Carolina 11-13-8—32. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 2 of 4; Carolina 0 of 6. GoaliesBoston, Khudobin 1-0-0 (32 shots-29 saves). Carolina, Ward 1-3-0 (37-33). A17,190 (18,680). T2:24. Referees—Frederick L'Ecuyer, Dan O'Rourke. LinesmenPierre Racicot, Bryan Pancich.

at Blue Jackets 0 1 1 2
Stars 0 1 0 1

FirstNone. PenaltiesLarsen, Dal (boarding), 3:03; Dubinsky, Clm (delay of game), 11:22; Nystrom, Dal (interference), 16:06; Jo.Benn, Dal (high-sticking), 18:29.

Second1, Dallas, Larsen 1 (Goligoski, Ja.Benn), 4:13 (pp). 2, Columbus, Dorsett 1 (Tyutin, Anisimov), 17:47. PenaltiesAnisimov, Clm (hooking), 2:41; Fiddler, Dal (hooking, high-sticking), 8:44; Wandell, Dal (closing hand on puck), 9:26; Nikitin, Clm (cross-checking), 18:46.

Third3, Columbus, Prospal 2 (Wisniewski, Johnson), 1:22. PenaltiesNikitin, Clm (holding), 10:31; Ja.Benn, Dal (boarding, roughing), 19:55; Nikitin, Clm (roughing), 19:55. Shots on GoalDallas 9-5-11—25. Columbus 3-17-7—27. Power-play opportunitiesDallas 1 of 4; Columbus 0 of 7. GoaliesDallas, Lehtonen 2-1-1 (27 shots-25 saves). Columbus, Bobrovsky 2-1-1 (25-24). A10,475 (18,144). T2:28. Referees—Brian Pochmara, Justin St. Pierre. LinesmenJohn Grandt, Brian Murphy.

at Coyotes 1 1 2 4
Predators 0 0 0 0

First1, Phoenix, Vermette 3 (N.Johnson, Yandle), 3:00. PenaltiesPhoenix bench, served by Sullivan (too many men), 7:29; Clune, Nas, major (fighting), 15:12; Chipchura, Pho, major (fighting), 15:12; Korpikoski, Pho (holding), 18:54.

Second2, Phoenix, Korpikoski 3 (Gordon), 16:48. PenaltiesC.Smith, Nas (hooking), 6:28; Halischuk, Nas (interference), 11:03.

Third3, Phoenix, N.Johnson 1 (Yandle, Morris), 11:34. 4, Phoenix, Yandle 1 (Ekman-Larsson, Vrbata), 15:02 (pp). PenaltiesErat, Nas (roughing), 5:24; Yandle, Pho (roughing), 5:24; Nashville bench, served by Wilson (too many men), 8:08; Bourque, Nas (tripping), 13:15. Shots on GoalNashville 3-7-12—22. Phoenix 5-9-11—25. Power-play opportunitiesNashville 0 of 2; Phoenix 1 of 4. GoaliesNashville, Rinne 0-2-3 (25 shots-21 saves). Phoenix, C.Johnson 1-0-0 (22-22). A8,581 (17,125). T2:22. Referees—Paul Devorski, Jean Hebert. LinesmenMike Cvik, Mark Shewchyk.

Late goal keeps Bruins hot 01/28/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:16am]
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