It wasn’t the best brand of hockey the Boston Bruins are capable of playing, but the beat goes on for the Black and Gold.

The Bruins started strong and finished strong, however, and Jarome Iginla potted a pair of goals to help lead Boston to a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden. The Iginla/Krejci/Lucic line provided three of the four games in the game, and Krejci assisted on three goals in a dominant performance for the KIL line.

The Bruins are now riding a season-high eight game winning streak, and have gone an amazing 16-2-3 in 21 games since January 16.

The Bruins had a 2-0 lead going into the third period on the strength of scores from Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, but Carolina had slowly gained traction before Alex Semin made it a one-goal game in the third period. That’s when the Bruins really turned on the jets following a scare where it appeared Johnny Boychuk might have been injured on a feet-first tumble into the boards.

Instead Boychuk returned to the ice, and the Bruins scored two third period goals in 13 seconds to give Boston yet another victory. Chris Kelly scored the first of the two scores on a sweet pass from David Krejci behind the net, and then Jarome Iginla cashed in on his team-leading 23rd goal of the season to cap things off.

Meanwhile Chad Johnson made 26 saves at the other end of the ice in improving to 3-1 since the Olympic break, and gave Boston what they needed in a game where they outshot the Hurricanes by a 39-30 margin.