A few hours after the Bruins officially announced that rookie Dougie Hamilton would remain with the team this season, the 19-year-old defenseman showed why it was an easy decision for team management to make.
In a contest made far more difficult because of two costly turnovers late in the second period, the B's found themselves scrapping hard in a deadlocked game seemingly headed for overtime.
But with 1:50 left, Hamilton made a brilliant pass to set up David Krejci for the game-winning goal in a 5-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. Tyler Seguin's empty-netter on a power play sealed the deal with 7.4 seconds remaining.
"I think we're going to see a lot of that stuff," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Hamilton's timely pass.
On the play, Carolina's Jay Harrison tried to glove a rebound of a Nathan Horton shot out of the zone. But the puck went to Hamilton at the right circle, where the rookie collected it, looked to the net as if he were going to shoot, then slid a pass to the left circle, where Krejci one-timed it past Carolina goalie Cam Ward (33 saves) for his first tally of the season.
"He's got great vision and great passing ability," Krejci said. "I just got myself open, and I was hoping he'd pass it to me. I got myself ready, and he made a great play. He made it pretty easy."
Bruins' Hamilton sets up winner as strong start continues
Boston Herald | Jan 29