David Krejci (46) smiles at teammate Shawn Thornton after his OT goal gave the Bruins a 3-2 win. 	AP PHOTOSun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our
David Krejci (46) smiles at teammate Shawn Thornton after his OT goal gave the Bruins a 3-2 win. AP PHOTO

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BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien decided it was time to load up with offense.

It worked.

Bruins 3, Hurricanes 2, OT

David Krejci scored 1:28 into overtime to lift the surging Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Coming off a tough shootout loss to St. Louis on Thursday, Julien chose to play his top line together.

Skating with his usual linemates and only one defenseman, Krejci scored into an empty net after Jarome Iginla broke in alone, forcing goaltender Cam Ward to come way out to try and cut down an angle. Iginla then dropped a pass to Krejci, who fired a wrister over a sprawling Ward for the winner.

"We haven't had much luck lately in shootouts," Julien said. "I just thought it was important to get a line out there and give us a better chance. It paid off."

Reilly Smith and Zdeno Chara also scored for Eastern Conference-leading Boston, which beat the Hurricanes for the second time this week and improved to 7-1-2 in its last 10 games.

Iginla knew Krejci had an opening and kept waiting for him to shoot.

"I was thinking, 'Put it in. Put it in,"' he said. "He showed great patience."

Krejci credited Iginla for setting him up so well.

"I kind of had an easy job to do," he said. "I just had to put it into a top open net."

Bruins backup goaltender Chad Johnson, playing just his fourth game of the season, made 22 saves in place of resting Tuukka Rask.

Patrick Dwyer scored a short-handed goal and Andrej Sekera had one on the power play for the Hurricanes, who lost their fourth straight. Ward stopped 35 shots.