Goals by Zdeno Chara, Reilly Smith and David Krejci powered the Boston Bruins past the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon, 3-2, in overtime. It was Boston’s second win over Carolina this week. In victory, the Black and Gold improve to 15-6-2 on the year and they are now 7-1-2 in their last 10 games.
Claude Julien’s decision to place Chara in front of the opposing goal on the power play continues to pay off. Chara banged in a Milan Lucic rebound, beating Cam Ward for his fourth goal of the season.
Boston’s third line, comprised of Carl Soderberg, Chris Kelly and Smith has impressed all season and they yet again came through in a big way. Smith backhanded a lose puck past Ward for his fourth goal. At the time it put the Bruins on top, 2-1.
Patrick Dwyer was able to tally a shorthanded goal for the Hurricanes in the third period and it ultimately forced overtime at the TD Garden. Krejci won it in extra time, potting the game winner just 1:28 into overtime. He now has four goals on the year.
Chad Johnson started in net for the Bruins and really wasn’t tested, despite allowing two goals. For a 29-minute stretch, spanning the first and second periods, Boston limited Carolina to just a single shot on net.
The Bruins now hold a three-point lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the division and a two-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Eastern Conference. A dominant 9-3-2 record at the Garden has fueled their ascension through the standings.
Boston will next host Pittsburgh on Monday.