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Bruins get revenge, besting 'Canes | Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:17 AM

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins acknowledged before Saturday night's game that they were looking for some revenge against Carolina after being eliminated by the Hurricanes with a Game 7  overtime loss last spring.

They got it -- and then some.

The Bruins dominated from the opening faceoff to the final buzzer on the way to a 7-2 victory over the 'Canes on Saturday night. Marco Sturm, Steve Begin, Derek Morris, Michael Ryder and Marc Savard all had multi-point nights and Tim Thomas made 25 saves.

Boston was also 4-for-8 on the power play after going 0-for-5 in their season-opening loss to Washington on Thursday. The Hurricanes, who lost 2-0 to Philadelphia at home on Friday, fell to 0-2-0.

"Is it revenge? Is it about this year, about winning a hockey game? It can be about a lot of different things,” coach Claude Julien said. “I don’t care how the guys think about it. I just really care about us going out there, and it’s more about how we’re going to perform tonight than anything else. Whichever way they want to motivate themselves, that’s OK with me. We just have to bounce back from a tough outing.”

Thomas, who wasn't sharp against the Caps, looked much better in Game 2. He was perfect until Scott Walker -- whose OT goal eliminated Boston last spring -- scored late in the second period.

Walker played in Game 7 after being suspended for attacking then-Bruin defenseman Aaron Ward in Game 5. Ironically, the two are now teammates in Carolina.

“It’s not the playoffs,” Thomas said. “Getting knocked out of the playoffs and losing tonight for them is not the same type of feeling, but it was a measure of revenge.

"Actually, when Walker tipped in his goal, I saw that him and [Aaron] Ward were on the ice together and I was thinking to myself, ‘this is weird.’ How do you make life rough on Walker because of what he did last year when the guy that he did it to is on his team?”

The Bruins wasted no time taking command. Savard scored a power-play goal 4:06 into the game, and Ryder added another at 12:38. Blake Wheeler beat Cam Ward 26 seconds later to give Boston a 3-0 lead after one period.

“You knew they would be (angry) after that loss to Washington,” said former Bruin and now Hurricanes defenseman Andrew Alberts. “They came out flying from the drop of the puck and we were on our heels. They got some goals right away and I’m not sure what their power play went for but they had a few power-play goals. Things got out of hand and they kept scoring. We couldn’t catch up.”

The Bruins kept rolling, getting goals from Sturm and Wideman to make it 5-0 before the Hurricanes got their first goal in two games this season when forward Scott Walker beat Thomas at 15:21 of the second. Shawn Thornton added another goal for the Bruins before the period was over to make it 6-1.

Hurricanes forward Eric Staal got his first of the season at 2:41 of the third but the Bruins regained their five-goal cushion on Matt Hunwick's power play goal at 8:29.

Cam Ward was pulled in the second period following Boston’s fourth goal at 10:37 of the second period and replaced by Michael Leighton.

For a team that has such high hopes this season, that was just one more positive out of a night that became redemption not just for when the Hurricanes ended their Stanley Cup aspirations last season but for getting back on track this season.

“You would like your team to be able to bounce back after a showing like Thursday’s,” Julien said. “Hopefully we don’t have to put in those positions too often this year because that’s not a good sign. The fact that the guys really took pride in it, at the same time, for us it was a real good opportunity to redeem ourselves and give the fans here a better showing of what opening night should’ve been like. It should’ve been like tonight.”

-- James Murphy, Correspondent
Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:06BOS PPG - Marc Savard (1) Snap shot - ASST: Michael Ryder (1), Derek Morris (1) 1 - 0 BOS
12:38BOS PPG - Michael Ryder (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Zdeno Chara (1), Derek Morris (2) 2 - 0 BOS
13:04BOS Blake Wheeler (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Begin (2), Milan Lucic (1) 3 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
10:37BOS Marco Sturm (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc Savard (1) 4 - 0 BOS
12:44BOS PPG - Dennis Wideman (1) Slapshot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (1), Mark Recchi (1) 5 - 0 BOS
15:21CAR Scott Walker (1) Tip-in - ASST: Aaron Ward (1), Sergei Samsonov (1) 5 - 1 BOS
18:23BOS Shawn Thornton (1) Tip-in - ASST: Steve Begin (3) 6 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
02:41CAR PPG - Eric Staal (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 6 - 2 BOS
08:29BOS PPG - Matt Hunwick (1) Snap shot - ASST: Marco Sturm (1), Marc Savard (2) 7 - 2 BOS
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:35CAR Joe Corvo  Hooking against  Marco Sturm
06:43CAR Stephane Yelle  Hooking against  Marc Savard
10:00BOS Tim Thomas  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:15CAR Jay Harrison  Too many men/ice - bench
13:22BOS Patrice Bergeron  Tripping against  Eric Staal
2nd Period
01:28CAR Eric Staal  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
04:43BOS Matt Hunwick  Tripping against  Stephane Yelle
08:16BOS Blake Wheeler  Hooking against  Sergei Samsonov
11:46CAR Niclas Wallin  Interference against  Michael Ryder
19:20BOS Milan Lucic  Fighting (maj) against  Jay Harrison
19:20CAR Jay Harrison  Fighting (maj) against  Milan Lucic
19:23BOS Zdeno Chara  Misconduct (10 min)
19:23BOS Derek Morris  Roughing against  Niclas Wallin
19:23CAR Tom Kostopoulos  Misconduct (10 min)
19:23BOS Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Tom Kostopoulos
19:23BOS Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Tom Kostopoulos
19:23CAR Tom Kostopoulos  Roughing against  Zdeno Chara
19:23CAR Tom Kostopoulos  Roughing against  Zdeno Chara
19:23CAR Andrew Alberts  Cross checking against  Marc Savard
19:23BOS Marc Savard  Roughing against  Andrew Alberts
3rd Period
00:21CAR Matt Cullen  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Andrew Ference
00:21BOS Andrew Ference  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Matt Cullen
00:21CAR Eric Staal  Roughing against  Blake Wheeler
02:07BOS Shawn Thornton  Too many men/ice - bench
03:37BOS Derek Morris  Hi stick - double minor against  Scott Walker
06:47CAR Sergei Samsonov  Hooking against  Steve Begin
09:34BOS Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Alberts
09:34CAR Andrew Alberts  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
10:11CAR Jay Harrison  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:28BOS Mark Stuart  Hi stick - double minor against  Rod Brind'Amour
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/104/8
Faceoff Wins4234
Blocked Shots711
Penalty Minutes4448
4A. WardD01-21020:42
6T. GleasonD0002026:48
7N. WallinD0000211:31
8M. CullenC00-13219:35
12E. StaalC1005415:48
13R. WhitneyL0000017:15
14S. SamsonovL0114215:37
15T. RuutuR00-24015:46
17R. Brind'AmourC0010014:43
18S. YelleC00-1029:28
24S. WalkerR1013010:14
26E. ColeL00-20014:52
29T. KostopoulosR00-10147:53
36J. JokinenL00-22020:12
41A. AlbertsD00-20714:16
44J. HarrisonD000079:51
59C. LaRoseR0001016:12
77J. CorvoD0002227:43
30C. Ward2428.85730:37
49M. Leighton1114.78629:23
6D. WidemanD1005023:34
12C. KobasewR00-12014:12
16M. SturmL1113012:28
17M. LucicL0120512:08
21A. FerenceD0021221:18
22S. ThorntonL101356:08
26B. WheelerR1014213:24
27S. BeginL0223011:40
28M. RecchiR01-11015:37
33Z. CharaD01041419:01
37P. BergeronC01-13217:49
45M. StuartD0020417:25
46D. KrejciC0002018:12
48M. HunwickD1001217:16
53D. MorrisD0201621:04
61B. BitzR0012011:21
73M. RyderR1104012:47
91M. SavardC1213216:15
30T. Thomas2527.92659:42