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Bruins Beat Hurricanes 5-3 in Carolina

Carolina Hurricanes' Tim Gleason (6) hits Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) while fighting during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Bruins escaped Carolina with a 5-3 win Monday night. After jumping out to a two-goal lead twice, the Bruins coughed it up with sloppy play in their own end.

Anton Khudobin played well in his first action in net this season. Special teams played a huge role in this game once again, as the B’s put up strong showing on the power play, going 2-4, and remaining perfect on the penalty kill after shutting down  five man-advantages for Carolina.

Brad Marchand picked a corner on Cam Ward while short handed 3:16 into the first period. It was a nice cross-ice pass from Zdeno Chara to get the Bruins going. Chara added a power play goal on a wrist shot at 6:15, and the game looked to be on pace for an easy Boston win. Chara had a strong offensive game with three points.

Tim Gleason dropped the gloves with Milan Lucic midway through the first period, sparking the Hurricanes. Jamie Mcbain responded with a goal at 14:50, on a deflection out front.

There was not much action in the second period until late. Nathan Horton took matters into his own hands and made a great individual play to beat Ward on a sweet move, notching a goal at 15:52. But, things then went south fast for the Bruins.

A turnover led to a Jeff Skinner goal at 17:55. It was a great move by Skinner, but it did stem from sloppy Bruins hockey. The captain Eric Staal tied it at three after another horrible turnover. The tying goal came at 18:45 of the second period.

An up-and-down third period full of end-to-end play and rushes again had nothing on the scoreboard until late in the period. David Krejci put in the game winner at 18:10. Dougie Hamilton hit Krejci on a great short cross ice pass, giving Krejci an open net to shoot at. Tyler Seguin added an empty net goal for his first of the season at 19:59.

Claude Julien moved into third place for most wins all time as Bruins head coach.

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