For the second straight game, the Boston Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the opponent, only difference is this time they finished the job. The Bruins came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, and before the people were back from getting their popcorn, the B’s had broke the game wide open. Early on in the 1st period, Hamilton hit Eriksson with a pass near the top right circle, who would then find Soderberg right near the goal line. Soderberg would feed Smith right in front of the net, and Smith would go on to find the back of the net against Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward (who was playing his first game back from injury).
Only a few minutes after the first goal was put in the back of the net, Soderberg deflected a shot from Dennis Seidenberg, which would slip past Ward to give the Bruins the 2-0 lead. The Carolina Hurricanes have been a team this season that would often come out flat, but vamping their play up as the game moves on. With under five seconds left in the first, Eric Staal sent a pass in front of the net that would deflect off of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron skate, where Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu would flip a shot into the back of the net. This could have been the turning point of the game, as the Hurricanes would clearly go into the locker-room with some momentum. Bruin fans were sitting at home thinking “oh no, here we go again,” but this time the Bruins wouldn’t let this hurt their spirits for the rest of the game. Bruins coach Claude Julien stated, “That was impressive for me that we kept our composure despite letting that goal in late in the period.”
This season, the Bruins have been borderline mediocre at times on the penalty kill, (Bruins allowed five straight power play goals in month of October), but the Hurricanes have been awful on the power play this season. In the game last night, the B’s killed four Carolina power play opportunities, which also included over a minute of being two skaters down (Bruins extend their streak to 32 straight penalty kills).
“It’s commitment, and most of all were winning the battles. We’re doing a good job of standing teams up,” Julien said regarding the Bruins penalty kill.
In the third period, Johnny “Rocker” Boychuck would find the back of the net, and Milan Lucic would add the empty-net sealer for the B’s. Overall, the Bruins are rolling right now (13-6-1, 27 points), and seem to be back to hard nose hockey. The Bruins will find themselves back on the ice tonight in New York to play against the Rangers at 7:30pm on NBCSN.
3. Reily Smith
2. Johnny Boychuk
1. Tuukka Rask
- The Bruins are the best team in the NHL regarding goals against average (1.8 allowed)
- The Bruins are second in the NHL on the penalty kill (killing 87.5%)
- Loui Eriksson extended his point streak to six games with assist last night
- Hurricanes Cam Ward is 12-12-2 all time against the Boston Bruins
- The Bruins and Hurricanes will meet this Saturday in Boston