The Carolina Hurricanes swept the Boston Bruins last season, when the Bruins were the defending Stanley Cup champions.
But it's a new season. And the Bruins have a win.
David Krejci’s goal with 1:50 left in regulation helped Boston take 5-3 victory at PNC Arena. Krejci’s goal came after a scramble in front of the Canes net, with rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton setting up Krejci’s winning goal.
Tyler Seguin added an empty-net goal in the final seconds for Boston (4-0-1).
The Canes trailed 2-0 early in the game and 3-1 late in the second period. But goals by Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal late in the second tied the score 3-3, setting up an exciting finish.
Defenseman Jamie McBain had a first-period goal for the Canes, who were coming off back-to-back wins over the Buffalo Sabres that evened their record at 2-2.
The Bruins' penalty killing, flawless in Boston's first four games, again was a factor. Boston had killed off all 17 penalties and continued their spotless special teams work against Carolina.
Boston jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on shorthanded goal by Brad Marchand, then a power-play goal by Zdeno Chara.
But Canes defenseman Tim Gleason found a way to energize his team and the home crowd, by challenging the Bruins' Milan Lucic, one of the toughest players in the league. The two dropped the gloves and went at it, both landing heavy blows.
The Canes began to skate and made it a 2-1 game when McBain tipped a centering pass from Eric Staal past Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin, who was making his first start of the season.
Canes goalie Cam Ward made some hustling stops before Nathan Horton's score with 4:08 left in the second pushed the Bruins ahead 3-1. Horton eluded Jordan Staal, skated around Gleason and had an open shot.
Jordan Staal then gave Skinner some open ice with a chip pass off the right boards. Skinner got ahead of defenseman Andrew Ference and beat Khudobin with a top-shelf forehand with 2:05 left in the period.
Less than a minute later, it was 3-3. The Canes' Alex Semin took the puck away from Chris Kelly along the boards, skated in on the right wing and passed to Eric Staal for the score with 1:15 remaining in the second.
The Canes were being outskated, outworked, outshot and outhit -- until Gleason dropped the gloves. The Canes awoke from their early slumber.
After the Gleason-Lucic fight, McBain was stopped on a power-play shot, but scored later at even strength on a tip that beat Khudobin with 5:10 left in the first.
McBain joined the rush, skating up the slot. Semin passed cross-ice to Eric Staal. McBain's goal was the first scored by the Canes in first-period play this season.
Khudobin gave the Canes an early power play when he was called for delay of game for playing the puck outside the trapezoid.
But the Bruins got the shorty from Marchand, his third goal of the season, after pinning the Canes in their zone. Marchand beat Cam Ward with a top-shelf shot.
Chara scored after Pat Dwyer was called for interference. With Lucic screening Ward, Chara scored on his shot from the point.
The Bruins came into the game having killed all 17 penalties this season. The Canes were 0-for-2 on the power play in the first period and 0-3 in the second.