Boston, MA – Jarome Iginla scored his team leading 22nd and 23rd goals of the season to pace the Boston Bruins as they cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes this afternoon at the TD Garden. The win, which completed the season sweep for Boston over the Canes, was also the black and gold’s eighth consecutive victory since dropping their first two games after the Olympic break.
The Bruins dominated the majority of the first period, outshooting Carolina 16-9 and carrying most of the play, but it was not until the 15:28 mark of the opening period that they were able to beat Cam Ward, when Milan Lucic finished off a nice feed from David Krejci, putting Boston up 1-0. Lucic’s 21st of the season gave the B’s the lead going into the second period.
The second period was more of a stalemate, as both teams struggled to generate much offense. Another late strike from Boston, however, would stretch the lead to 2-0 going into the final stanza. The second Bruin goal was the first of the afternoon for Jarome Iginla as he beat Ward high to the glove side. After the Hurricanes got back to within one thanks to a Alex Semin goal, it was Iginla scoring one more time for Boston to regain the two-goal lead for the home team.
Boston was not finished, as just 13 seconds later Chris Kelly finished off a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play, burying a one-time feed from David Krejci, extending the Boston lead to 4-1. Torey Krug added insult to injury, giving Boston a fifth goal with just nine second left to play in regulation, giving Boston a 5-1 win.
The win extends the Bruins’ lead in the Eastern Conference to three points over the Pittsburgh Penguins, who currently trail the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0.