Bruins make it 8 straight
BOSTON - Backup goaltender Chad Johnson remained perfect at home and the Boston Bruins picked up their season-high eighth straight victory, a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
Johnson, 8-0 at home with only 12 goals allowed, turned aside 29 shots as the Bruins, the leader in the Eastern Conference, completed a sweep of the three-game season series with the Hurricane.
The winning streak is the longest for Boston since a 10-game run, Nov. 1-23, 2011. The Bruins have outscored their opposition, 32-12, during this streak.
The Bruins' top line did most of the scoring damage.
Center David Krejci and three assists, right winger Jarome Iginla scored his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season and left wing Milan Lucic scored his 21st of the season and had two assists.
Krejci set up Kelly for his seventh of the season and Iginla then scored 13 seconds later to make it 4-1 in the third period. Rookie defenseman Torey Krug tacked one on in the closing seconds, his 14th goal of the season.
The three points gave Krejci 23 points in the last 21 games, while Lucic has 21 points in the last 18 games, and Iginla has 24, including 10 goals, in 18.
Johnson, 8-0-1 in his last starts and 14-3-1 overall, had a shutout until right winger Alexander Semin cut the Carolina deficit in half, with his 19th goal, at 3:53 of the third period.
However, Kelly scored and Iginla followed at 12:49 and 13:02, respectively.
Semin's goal actually went in off a deflection by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who left the game later in the period because of what appeared to be a lower body injury.
Boychuk fell awkwardly into the boards after a tap on the knee by Carolina right winger Patrick Dwyer, but returned later in the period.
Ward made 36 saves for Carolina, which had its modest two-game winning streak stopped.
The Bruins dominated the first period but came out of it with only one goal. Krejci, while falling thanks to a trip by center Eric Staal that was going to result in a penalty, got the puck to Lucic at 15:28.
Late in the second period, after a failed power play, the Bruins made it 2-0 when Lucic dug the puck out from behind the net and found Iginla for a quick shot.