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Krejci scores in overtime to lift streaking Bruins past ‘Canes

AP

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 on Saturday.

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

The Hurricanes felt like they were a bit lucky to get the game to OT after being outplayed for two periods.

“We were happy with the way we played in the third, but it’s a 60 minute game,” Dwyer said. “When you get behind on a team like that, it’s a tough team to get your way back into the game against. We thought we were there and they won it in overtime.”

Ducks 4, Coyotes 2

In Glendale, Arizona, Dustin Penner scored two goals, and Anaheim handed Phoenix its first regulation home loss of the season.

Rangers 2, Predators 0

In Nashville, Cam Talbot made 17 saves to record his second consecutive shutout.

Wild 3, Jets 2 (SO)

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

Maple Leafs 2, Capitals 1 (SO)

In Toronto, Joffrey Lupul scored the shootout winner, and James Reimer made 49 saves.

Flyers 5, Islanders 2

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

Senators 4, Red Wings 2

In Detroit, Clarke MacArthur scored two goals, and Ottawa outlasted the Red Wings.

Canadiens 3, Penguins 2

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

Blues 6, Stars 1

In St. Louis, Brian Elliott made 34 saves in only his fifth start of the season.

Sharks 2, Devils 1

In San Jose, Scott Hannan and Tyler Kennedy scored first-period goals, and the Sharks held on to edge New Jersey.

Blackhawks 2, Canucks 1

In Vancouver, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger scored 9 seconds apart in the third period.

Avalanche 1, Kings 0 (OT)

In Los Angeles, Jamie McGinn scored 2:32 into overtime and Semyon Varlamov won his third straight start.