For the second straight game, the Bruins were not at their best but still pulled out a win. The Bruins used bad turnovers and seven penalties to try and lose, but they couldn't. They killed off all six Hurricane power plays and got some timely scoring in the third period to pull out a 5-3 victory in Raleigh.
The Bruins were up 2-0 and then 3-1 but then the Hurricanes struck for two goals 50 seconds apart late in the second period to ties the game. Both goals came off Bruins turnovers. Jeff Skinner was the beneficiary of the first, coming in on Anton Khudobin before roofing a shot from in close. Eric Staal scored the second on a wrister after Aelxander Semin force a Chris Kelly turnover.
But the Bruins wouldn't give up. With under two minutes to play the Bruins finally took the lead. After some sustained pressure that had the Hurricanes defense scrambling, David Krejci found the back of the net. After Nathan Horton's shot hit the post, it bounced back towards the point where Dougie Hamilton found it. Instead of firing it back towards the net, the 19-year old showed tremendous poise, faked like he was going to shoot then found Krejci in the left face off circle. And Krejci didn't miss.
The assist gives Hamilton assists in three straight games and continues to grow his popularity among Bruins fans. Early in the day, General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that Hamilton would not be returning to the Niagara Ice Dogs but would be staying with the Bruins.
Tyler Seguin finally rid of his zero in the goal column with an empty net goal to seal the win.
Brad Marchand got the scoring started with a shorthanded goal after a tremendous effort from the penalty kill unit. Zdeno Chara made it 2-0 in the first with a power play goal. Chara finished the game with three points (one goal and two assists). Horton proved that he is completely healthy with the Bruins third goal. Horton went from left wing to right wing and through three defenders before roofing a shot over Cam Ward.
Khudobin started his first game of the season for Bruins and played well despite giving up three goals. He stopped 29 shots and made timely stops when he was called upon. The three goals were all a result of bad turnovers or defensive letdowns that gave him very litle chance of making the save.
The Bruins host the Devils tomorrow night at the TD Garden.Tags: Anton Khudobin, Boston, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Cam Ward, David Krejci, Dougie Hamilton, Eric Staal, Hockey, Jeff Skinner, Nathan Horton, NHL, Peter Chiarelli, Zdeno Chara