The Carolina Hurricanes couldn't afford yet another season-opening loss. Some timely scoring from two role players helped deliver a much-needed victory.
Anthony Stewart and Jiri Tlusty scored in the third period to help Carolina beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night for their first victory.
Joni Pitkanen scored on the power play and Cam Ward made 26 saves for the Hurricanes, who never trailed and avoided matching their worst start since the lockout.
''We're talking about the fourth game of the year, but we did treat it like a must-win game,'' Ward said. ''It's important that we get a win and feel good about ourselves and know what it's like to win hockey games. We can build from a game like tonight. There's a lot of great positives that you can take away from it.''
Especially for Tlusty and Stewart, left wings on the Hurricanes' third and fourth lines.
''Teams are going to key on those two (top) offensive l...