Bruins go 4-8 on the power-play and hold the Canes to 0-8 on the power-play.
Seven different Bruins score goals, 13 different Bruins have points.
Bruins out-shoot Canes 21-7 in the first period.
Bruins chase Ward to locker room early in the second period.
Thomas stops 27 shots.
Lucic and Thornton win fights decisively.
Seven different Boston Bruins players scored goals, and 13 players had at least one point as the Bruins rolled in a 7-2 route of the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins went 4-8 on the power-play and Tim Thomas made 27 saves in the win.
The Bruins came out with a higher level of tenacity against
Carolina. The Bruins skated well and put
pressure on the Hurricanes early, causing them to take penalties. Joe Corvo was called for hooking just 3:35
into the first period, and the Bruins scored less than a minute later. Derek Morris teed off a shot at the point
which Ward could not wrap up, Ryder gathered the rebound and hit Ward’s pad
putting the put on Savard’s stick for the easy goal and a 1-0 advantage.
The Bruins were put on the PK at the 10
minute mark of the first but it didn’t feel like it. The Bruins pressured the Canes in the neutral
zone and broke up passes, preventing Carolina from setting up a power-play
The power-play proved fruitful once again when Michael Ryder
scored off a Zdeno Chara rebound just 23 seconds into the Bruins second power-play. Ward and Carolina have struggled mightily on
the penalty kill in their first two games, after tonight's game they have yielded six power-play goals in their first two games.
The Canes went on to let another goal in just 26 seconds later when Blake Wheeler bounced one over Ward’s shoulder with his skate. Begin sped up the ice attracting two Canes and dished to an open Wheeler fortuitously buried the goal.
The Bruins outshot the Canes 12-3 in the first 10 minutes of
the game and 21-7 in the first period.
scored their first goal of the game when Scott Walker scored on a tip from the
point almost exactly where he beat Thomas in the playoffs last year. The 4th line was finally rewarded
for their hard work when Steve Begin stole the puck in the Carolina zone and
fed Shawn Thornton who tipped it through Leighton’s pads.
Late in the period, Lucic dropped the glove
with Jay Harrison, bloodying up the defenseman badly. Shortly after, a scrum occurred on the
half-boards when Andrew Alberts cross-checked a downed Marco Sturm.
With the game well in hand at the beginning of the third
period the Bruins wilted a PPG to Eric Staal who came back from an injury to
his ear caused by a puck. Staal beat
Thomas short-side as the result of a Dennis Wideman turnover.
The Bruins scored their seventh goal of the
night and fourth on the power-play when Marco Sturm fed Matt Hunwick with a
cross ice one-timer. The Bruins outshot
the Canes 42-27 and Tim Thomas was much improved in between the pipes. The Canes went 0-8 on the power-play with 13
shots while the Bruins went 4-8 with 17 shots. The Bruins had 48 penalty minutes to the Hurricanes 44. There were two official fights and one scrum. Savard, Ryder Wheeler, Sturm, Wideman, Thornton and Hunwick had the Bruins goals while Walker and Staal had the goals for Carolina. The Bruins won in all areas of the ice tonight, and won decisively. This is the Bruins team we're more likely to see all year compared to Thursday's Bruins.
- Marc Savard (1G, 2A, +1)
- Marco Sturm (1G, 1A, +1)
- Steve Begin (2A, +1)