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Krejci's late score helps Bruins slip by Hurricanes

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - David Krejci provided the game-winning goal with under two minutes remaining, as the Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3, on Monday at PNC Arena.

Zdeno Chara tallied a goal and two assists, while Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin each registered a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have opened a season with points in each of their first five games, going 4-0-1, for the first time since 1990-91.

Anton Khudobin made his first start of the season and turned away 29 shots in the victory.

Eric Staal recorded a goal and an assist and Jamie McBain and Jeff Skinner each scored once for the Hurricanes, who were coming off back-to-back wins against Buffalo.

Cam Ward was charged for four goals on 37 shots in the setback.

After an evenly played opening 40 minutes found the teams locked at 3-3, Boston dominated the third period, outshooting Carolina 18-8. The Bruins were unable to break through until the closing minutes.

With just under two minutes left, Horton ripped a shot from below the right circle that found iron. The rebound bounced into the right circle, where Dougie Hamilton slid a cross-ice pass to Krejci waiting in the left circle.

Krejci then one-timed a blast past a sprawling Ward to make it 4-3 at the 18:10 mark.

Seguin added an empty-net, power-play tally with eight seconds left.

Boston's special teams staked it to a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Chara having a hand in both goals.

The first came shorthanded at the 3:16 mark when Brad Marchand accepted a pass in the right circle from Chara at the left point and one-timed the puck past Ward for a 1-0 edge.

Chara then doubled the advantage while on the power play just under three minutes later when he wristed a shot from the point that sailed through a screen and past Ward for a 2-0 lead at the 6:15 mark.

Staal then helped the Hurricanes trim the margin in half at the 14:50 mark when he flipped a pass from outside the right circle toward the slot where a cutting McBain was able to get his stick on the puck and redirect it past Khudobin.

Boston restored its two-goal lead late in the second when Horton danced past a defender at the blue line before ripping a wrister high over the stacked pads of Ward at the 15:52 mark, but the Hurricanes answered with a pair of goals just 50 seconds apart to send the game into the final frame locked at 3-3.

Skinner registered the first goal with a backhand tally at the 17:55 mark before Alexander Semin came up with a steal deep in Boston's zone and slid a pass into the slot for Staal, who slipped a shot through the five-hole of Khudobin to knot the game at the 18:45 mark.

Game Notes

Boston killed all six Carolina power plays and is now 23-for-23 on the penalty kill this season ... Boston went 2-for-4 on the power play ... Semin finished with two assists ... Carolina had won four straight against the Bruins.

01/28 22:47:24 ET

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