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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.
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.