Dougie Hamilton figured he'd already shot -- and missed -- enough.
So with the game on the line and the puck on his stick, the rookie defenseman deferred to one of the Boston Bruins' veterans.
David Krejci scored the tiebreaking goal off a pretty pass from Hamilton with 1:50 left to help the visiting Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Monday night.
"I figured I'd already taken enough shots where I didn't score, so I saw (Krejci) open backdoor and I just put it over to him," Hamilton said. "And he put it home."
Zdeno Chara had a power-play goal and two assists, Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist, Tyler Seguin had an empty-net goal and an assist and Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal for the Bruins.
The Northeast Division leaders remained unbeaten in regulation and opened the season by earning points in five straight games for the first time since 1990-91.
"We're ready to go. We know it's a short season (and) it's really important to get points early in the season," Krejci said. "We're trying to get as (many) points as we can. We've got nine out of (a possible) 10. That's pretty good, but we've got to keep going."
Coyotes 4, Predators 0: Chad Johnson earned his first NHL shutout in his Phoenix debut and the host Coyotes beat Nashville.
Johnson, called up from Portland of the AHL last week after Mike Smith was hurt, had 21 saves in a game dominated defensively by a Coyotes team that entered the night allowing an NHL-high 20 goals in five games.
The Predators were shut out for the second time in three games and have scored just 10 times in six games this season.
Kings 3, Canucks 2: Jeff Carter scored Los Angeles' first power-play goal of the season and added the only score in the shootout, leading the host Kings to a comeback victory over Vancouver. Defenseman Slava Voynov tied it with 43.2 seconds left in regulation for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won two straight after an 0-2-1 start.
Blue Jackets 2, Stars 1: Vinny Prospal scored from a hard angle at 1:22 of the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky had 24 saves to lead host Columbus past Dallas, ending a four-game losing streak.
Jamie Benn, playing his first game of the season after re-signing last week with the Stars, picked up an assist. The team placed forward Derek Roy on injured reserve with a groin injury to clear a roster spot for Benn.