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Krejci’s goal lifts Bruins past ’Canes, 3-2

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) tries to keep Carolina Hurricanes' Jiri Tlusty (19) from a loose puck during the first period of a NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) tries to keep Carolina Hurricanes' Jiri Tlusty (19) from a loose puck during the first period of a NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores on a backhand past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores on a backhand past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores on a backhand past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores on a backhand past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) tries to keep Carolina Hurricanes' Jiri Tlusty (19) from a loose puck during the first period of a NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores on a backhand past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores on a backhand past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

BOSTON – Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien decided it was time to load up with offense.

It worked.

David Krejci scored 1:28 into overtime to lift the surging Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes yesterday.

Coming off a tough shootout loss to St. Louis on Thursday, Julien chose to play his top line together.

Skating with his usual linemates and only one defenseman, 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 the angle. Iginla then dropped a pass to Krejci, who fired a wrister over a sprawling Ward for the winner.

“We haven’t had much luck lately in shootouts,” Julien said. “I just thought it was important to get a line out there and give us a better chance. It paid off.”

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.

Iginla knew Krejci had an opening and kept waiting for him to shoot.

“I was thinking, ‘Put it in. Put it in,’ ” he said. “He showed great patience.”

Krejci credited Iginla for setting him up so well.

“I kind of had an easy job to do,” he said. “I just had to put it into a top open net.”

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 the other goal on the power play for the Hurricanes, who lost their fourth straight. Ward stopped 35 shots.

With the Hurricanes trailing 2-1 and skating short-handed 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.

Wild 3, Jets 2, SO

Charlie Coyle scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

Coyle deked before beating Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

Minnesota is 15-5-4 and has won six of its past seven games and is 9-1-1 in November.

The loss extended Winnipeg’s losing streak to four games (0-2-2). It was the Jets’ eighth shootout of the season and third loss.

Mikko Koivu also scored on Pavelec in the shootout. Bryan Little beat Niklas Backstrom.

Michael Frolik and Matt Halischuk each had a goal and assist for Winnipeg (10-11-4) in regulation.

Flyers 5, Islanders 2

Matt Read scored two goals, Steve Mason made 36 saves, and the streaking Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders.

The Flyers evened their record (10-10-2) for the first time this season with their sixth win in seven games. They are 6-0-1 in that span and 9-3-2 since a 1-7 start.

Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn also had goals for Philadelphia.

John Tavares and Eric Boulton scored for the Islanders, who have lost eight of 10, including all three games on their road trip.

After scoring just 22 goals in their first 15 games, the Flyers have 26 in the last seven.

They netted their first three goals against the Islanders in a bunch. Read and Simmonds scored 59 seconds apart to put the Flyers ahead 2-0 early in the second period. Giroux made it three goals in 3:02 for a 3-0 lead.

Canadiens 3, Penguins 2

Max Pacioretty scored two goals, and the Montreal Canadiens stretched their winning streak to three games.

Tomas Plekanec also had a goal for the Canadiens (13-9-2), and Carey Price made 29 saves.

James Neal had a pair of goals for the Penguins (15-9-0), and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots.

Senators 4, Red Wings 2

Clarke MacArthur scored two goals, and the Ottawa Senators outlasted Detroit in a testy third period.

Bobby Ryan scored the tiebreaking goal on a two-man advantage with 16:09 remaining for the Senators, who have won two in a row at Joe Louis Arena for only the second time. They won 6-1 at Detroit on Oct. 23.

Chris Neil also scored for Ottawa.

Pavel Datsyuk tied it at 2 early in the third – with the Red Wings enjoying a 5-on-3 power play. But Ottawa took advantage of its own opportunity when Detroit was down two men, going back ahead on Ryan’s goal.

Maple Leafs 2, Capitals 1, SO

Joffrey Lupul scored the shootout winner and James Reimer made 49 saves to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Washington Capitals.

Reimer stopped three of the four shots he faced in the shootout after the Leafs were outshot 50-28 in regulation and overtime.

Toronto took the lead at 10:08 of the second period when David Clarkson scored on a power play. His redirection goal came on just the Leafs’ second shot of the second period and 12th of the night.

Rangers 2, Predators 0

Cam Talbot made 17 saves to record his second consecutive shutout, and the New York Rangers beat the Nashville Predators.

Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan scored for the Rangers, who have won the first two games of a five-game road trip. Mats Zuccarello assisted on both goals for New York , which has won six consecutive road games.

Blues 6, Stars 1

Brian Elliott made 33 saves in only his fifth start of the season and the St. Louis Blues got goals from six players in their third straight win.

St. Louis (16-3-3) has won five of six and is off to the fastest start in franchise history.

Dallas had its six-game road winning streak snapped.

St. Louis Coach Ken Hitchcock recorded his 621st win, moving him into sole possession of eighth place in career wins.

Vladimir Sobotka, Vladimir Tarasenko, David Backes, Derek Roy, Chris Stewart and T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues, who have won six of their last seven against the Stars.

Ducks 4, Coyotes 2

Dustin Penner scored two goals as the Anaheim Ducks handed the Phoenix Coyotes their first home loss of the season.

Sami Vatanen had a power-play goal and Corey Perry also tallied for the Ducks in the win over the Coyotes, who were 9-0-2 this season at Jobing.com Arena. Anaheim is the last team to remain undefeated at home.

After shutting out Tampa Bay on Friday night, Jonas Hiller earned his second straight victory and improved his season record to 9-3-2. In the two wins, Hiller stopped 73 of 75.

Shane Doan scored on a tip-in with 4:20 remaining in the third. He also assisted on Mike Ribeiro’s goal and has at least a point in each of his last eight games.

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