Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Jarome Iginla scored twice to take possession of the team’s goal-scoring lead as the Boston Bruins extended their winning run to eight games after a 5-1 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday at TD Garden.
Linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic combined for six points while Chad Johnson improved to 8-0-0 after making 29 saves for the Bruins (45-17-5), who are on their longest winning run since they won 10 in a row in 2011.
Iginla, who signed with Boston as an unrestricted free agent last summer, has 23 goals, two more than Brad Marchand. Iginla’s 553 career goals are three shy of tying Bruins legend Johnny Bucyk for 25th in NHL history.
Alexander Semin scored while Cam Ward stopped 36 of 41 shots for the Hurricanes (29-29-9), who had a two-game winning streak end.
Lucic extended his point streak to four games with a goal at 15:28 of the first period. Krejci managed to pass the puck toward the right post while getting tripped by Eric Staal, and Lucic tapped the puck into the vacated right side of the net before Ward could react.
Lucic set up the Bruins’ second goal late in the second period, feeding a pass to Iginla, who snapped the puck high to Ward’s glove side and inside the far post at 17:24 for a 2-0 lead.
Carolina got within 2-1 at 3:53 of the third period when Semin took a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. The puck hit Boston forward Carl Soderberg and defenseman Johnny Boychuk before it trickled past Johnson.
The Bruins pulled away later in the period, first on a goal by Chris Kelly at 12:49. Boston then went ahead, 4-1, Iginla scored his second goal of the game from the slot at 13:02. Bruins defenseman Torey Krug scored the last goal with 9.4 seconds left.
Boston hosts the Minnesota Wild Monday. Carolina’s next game is at home against the Edmonton Oilers Sunday.