B's top Hurricanes in overtime
BOSTON - The Boston Bruins held Carolina without a shot on goal for a stretch of almost 23 minutes but had to go to overtime to beat the Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday.
Right winger Jarome Iginla, who hit both posts with an open net in the third period, set center David Krejci up for the winner 1:28 into the overtime, allowing the Bruins to beat goalie Cam Ward, who played an outstanding game in the Carolina goal.
The loss was the fourth straight overall and sixth in a row on the road for the Hurricanes. The Bruins are leading the Eastern Conference with 32 points.
The Canes, averaging 1.91 goals per game coming in, didn't have a shot from the middle of the first period to around the same time in the second. They tied the game with 8:50 left when right winger Patrick Dwyer scored on a short-handed breakaway. It was the first short-handed goal allowed by the Bruins this season.
Carolina had 10 shots on goal in the first two periods, but 14 in the third.
Defenseman Zdeno Chara and right winger Reilly Smith both scored their fourth goals of the year for Boston, while defenseman Andrej Sekera (fifth goal of the year) also scored for Carolina.
Sekera left the game after a shot by Bruins right winger Shawn Thornton hit him on the right skate early but was back in time to have his shot from the blue line find its way through - his third goal in the last two games, at 5:53 of the first period.
The Bruins got that back on the back half of a double minor to center Manny Malhotra. Left winger Milan Lucic was stopped by Ward, who was helpless as Chara, using his long reach, slid his fourth goal of the season into the unguarded net at 14:49.
By that time, the Canes were already into their shot-less run, which didn't end until there was 8:04 left in the second period. The Bruins had 15 straight shots in between. Then, left winger Carl Soderberg's shot from in front didn't make it through and Smith picked up the rebound and beat Ward with a back-hander at 13:31.
The point was the 15th of the season for Smith, who came to Boston in the deal that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas, leaving Smith third on the Bruins in scoring.
NOTES: Carolina C Eric Staal's first-period assist gave him a five-game points streak. ... Bruins Ds Adam McQuaid (seventh straight) and Dennis Seidenberg (second game) both remained out of the Bruins lineup with lower body injuries, but McQuaid is practicing and close to returning. There was speculation McQuaid would be back Saturday, but Kevan Miller's strong play in his NHL debut Thursday night allowed Boston to take more time on McQuaid. ... Carolina LW Jeff Skinner played in his 200th NHL game. ... The Hurricanes host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night while the Bruins have the Pittsburgh Penguins at home Monday night. ... Bruins coach Claude Julien, taking secrecy to a whole new level, would not tell the media who was starting his goal 90 minutes before Saturday's game, but Chad Johnson led the team out for warm-ups and got his fourth start of the season. ... Peter Laviolette, fired by the Flyers earlier this season and also the former Carolina coach, was in the press box. He will be an assistant coach with the U.S. Olympic Team.