Bruins net NHL-record 12th straight home win to open season

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins broke the NHL record for most home wins, starting the season with 12 straight, with a goal by David Pastrnak to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime.

The Bruins broke the mark of 11 set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and tied with the Florida Panthers last season.

“It felt amazing,” first-year Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “We talked about it after a second [period] goes to the third. There are a lot of great teams in this league and you’re setting a precedent and setting a record. It’s very special and those kids can’t believe in themselves the way they do.”

Trailing 2-0 late in the second period, Boston rallied with 9:33 left when David Krejci scored his second goal of the game on a point shot.

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“Going down to third is never fun; you’re sitting [in the locker room] trying to figure it out,” Krejci said. “You want to go out and do the job, something special on the line. It’s hard to win in this league. To get 12 in a row at home is pretty special.”

Playing shorthanded after Carolina called too many men on the ice in overtime, Pastrnak one-timed a pass from the top of the left circle inside Brad Marchand’s far post.

“It was a big win for us, definitely coming from behind,” Pastrnak said.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Stefan Noesen scored power play goals for Carolina, while Petr Kochetkov made a save in the 38th. Hurricane lost for the fifth time.

Boston’s goal was initially disallowed on Nick Foligno for goaltender interference, but it was overturned on a coach’s call after Foligno was ruled to have been pushed into the crease by Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce.

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Boston’s starting goaltender Linus Ullmark made 28 saves but had to leave with 13:03 left in the third period because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. Teammate Connor Clifton jumped over him to block the shot during the contest. Jeremy Swayman made six stops in relief.

In a rematch of the opening-round playoff series the Hurricanes won in seven games last spring, Carolina shut out the NHL’s top-scoring team for nearly two periods and jumped ahead with a pair of power-play goals in the opening period.

Noesen scored at 6:34 to make it 1-0. And with five minutes left in the half, Kotkaniemi picked up the puck near the side of the goal, and Seth Jarvis’ shot bounced off the back glass and into the net at 15:05.

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Krejci scored for Boston with 31 seconds left in the second.

Boston scored 82 goals in 20 games (4.10 goals per day), but had relatively few chances early in the game despite a 5-on-3 power play advantage.

The Bruins also honored captain Patrice Bergeron on Friday, who scored his 1,000th career point on the road against Tampa Bay on Monday, with an announcement on a giant video screen. The crowd greeted him with thunderous applause.

Bergeron became the fourth Bruin to reach the Hall of Fame mark, joining Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bakick (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).


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