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.
“You knew they would be (angry) after that loss to
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, NHL.com Correspondent