BRUINS 24-9-4 (52 pts) vs HURRICANES 16-19-2 (34 pts)
9:43 p.m. Postgame Snapshots: BOS 6, CAR 2
Bruins Calm Hurricanes: Despite a third period two-goal surge by the Carolina Hurricanes, Boston was able to weather the storm and take two points in a 6-2 decision at TD Garden. The B's six goals in tonight's tilt sets a season-high goal total, with their previous high of five goals also coming against Carolina on January 28 in a 5-3 victory. The last time the Bruins scored six goals in a game was in a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders on March 31, 2012.
Horton Scores: With just over three minutes remaining in the game, Horton redirected a pin-point pass from Dougie Hamilton into the back of the Carolina net to give the Bruins their sixth goal of the evening. The goal marks Horton's 13th goal of the year and Dougie Hamilton's 11th assist. Also getting credited with an assist on the play was Milan Lucic for his 18th helper of the season.
Carolina Scores Again: Just 45 seconds after Dwyer scored (see below), Drayson Bowman put the puck in the B's net to cut the lead to 5-2 for his third of the year. Jordan Stall and Riley Nash earn assists on the play for their 14th and fifth of the year respectively.
Carolina Scores: Carolina's Patrick Dwyer spoiled Tuukka Rask's shutout bid just under ten minutes remaining in the third period for his seventh goal of the year. Earning assists on the play for the Hurricanes were Brett Bellemore (2) and Jiri Tlusy (10).
B's Second Power Play: At the 5:46 into the third period, Carolina's Riley Nash was called for high sticking. The Bruins registered four shots on goal during the man-advantage from Dougie Hamilton, Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand, but were unable to get their sixth of the night. Carolina is now 98-128 on the PK for the year.
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Next Game: The Bruins are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to to New Jersey to take on the Devils in Newark. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBC Sports Network and TSN2.
8:43 p.m. 2nd Intermission Snapshots: BOS 5, CAR 0
Bruins on the Power Play: At 15:57 into the second period, Eric Staal was sent to the box for slashing (breaking his stick in the process), giving the Bruins their first power-play opportunity of the night. Carolina was able to fend off the pressure by the Bruins and kill the penalty to Staal to limit any further damage, making their PK 97-for-127 on the season.
First Special Teams Puts B's on PK: At 12:10 into the second period, the Bruins were charged with the first penalty of the night to Zdeno Chara for tripping Jared Tlusty. The Black & Gold were able to kill off the penalty, making them 113-for-125 on the season (they came in first in the league at 90.3% - the B's have held that top spot all season long). The B's got Chris Kelly back on the penalty kill in his first game back since March 11 (when he suffered the broken left tibia) and logged 34 seconds. But it was Andrew Ference who had to end up staying out for the full two minutes on the PK. Two minutes on the PP is one thing (see: Jaromir Jagr); two minutes out on the PK is quite another.
Caron Puts B's Up 5-0: Jordan Caron tacked on a fifth goal for the Bruins, marking his first goal of the season. Rich Peverley put the initial shot on goal, which caused a loose puck in front. Thornton attempted to put it home, before Caron drove towards the net and backhanded the puck behind Ellis. Thornton now has two assists on the season, with Peverley registering his ninth of the year. Peverley now has a goal and an assist tonight. The B's last five-goal lead came on March 19, 2012, in an 8-0 win over Toronto. Tonight marks their first four-goal and five-goal leads of the season.
Ference Scores: At 3:57 into the second period, Dennis Seidenberg fired a wrist shot from just above the left faceoff circle, which deflected off Andrew Ference and into the Carolina net. Ference was credited with the goal, which marks his third of the season with Seindenberg (11) and Campbell (7) each earning an assist. Seidenberg's three assists in tonight's game are a single-game career high; he had 21 two-assist games prior to tonight. His three points tie a career high.
Rask Solid Through Two: Tuukka Rasked stopped another 12 shots in the second period bringing his game total to 30 save. Rask will look to keep Carolina scoreless going into the third and final frame in an attempt to earn his second shutout in three games.
7:49 p.m. 1st Intermission Snapshots: BOS 3, CAR 0
Marchand Scores Again: For the second time in the first frame, Brad Marchand came through with goal for the Bruins (see below for the first) giving them a 3-0 lead with under three minutes remaining. Once again, a wraparound attempt served as the foundation for which the goal was scored with Jaromir Jagr powering around the net trying to slide one through. The Jagr chance was stymied by Carolina's Dan Ellis, but Brad Marchand was there to scoop up the rebound and flip a backhand on net to give him his 16th goal of the year. Jagr and Dennis Seidenberg are credited with assists on the play giving them two assists apiece tonight. Seidenberg started the play with a heads-up cross-ice stretch pass from the blueline to Marchand on the left wing.
Marchand Gives B's 2-0 Lead: Gregory Campbell served as a catalyst on the Marchand goal, being strong on the puck to maintain possession at the beginning of the play and then putting a wraparound attempt on Peters, similar to Peverley's goal (see below), which yielded a rebound just out in front of the Canes net. Marchand drove the net during Campbell's wraparound and was able to punch in the loose puck. Not to be lost on the goal was Gregory Campbell's strength on the puck winning a battle high in the Carolina zone, which eventually started the possession that led to Marchand's 15th of the season. Campbell's role in the play earned him his sixth assist of the season with Jaromir Jagr notching his 13th. Jagr also continues his red-hot production against the Hurricanes earning his 104th point in 73 games against Carolina lifetime (includes games against the Hartford Whalers). Following the play, at 7:58 into the first period, Carolina Head Coach Kirk Muller pulled his starting goaltender, Justin Peters, and substituted Dan Ellis in his place.
Peverley Scores: It appears that Coach Julien's line switch-ups in an effort to stablizie a four-line attack has paid dividends to start the game. Rich Peverley gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead just 3:51 into the first period, when he slipped a wraparound chance past Peters just a few seconds after his initial shot. It marked Peverley's fifth goal of the season, with Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference earning their ninth and sixth assists of the year respectively.
Rask Poised Through One: Tuukka Rask stopped all 18 shots by the Hurricanes in the first period, including a scoring chance by Carolina's Zac Dalpe who controlled pass in the seam and nearly got it past Rask stick-side. Rask showed great athleticism on the play and was able to boot the puck away with his left leg pad as his body was moving the opposite direction of Dalpe. Rask had to stop seven inital shots by Carolina, who came out with a lot of jump to start the game, before the B's scored on their second shot of the game, and then took a 2-0 lead on their first four shots.
6:30 p.m. Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. CAR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (16-6-4, 1.95 GAA, .927 Save %) vs. Peters (3-6-0, 2.83 GAA, .908 Save %). Rask is 2-2-0 with a 2.68 GAA and .905 Save % in five career games against Carolina. Peters is 0-0-0 with a 6.12 GAA and .848 Save % in one game against Boston.
B’S TO PRESENT MIAA AWARDS: Tonight, the Bruins and the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) are partnering for the eleventh year, to honor a boy and a girl from every youth hockey league in Massachusetts who best exemplify a constant commitment to sportsmanship. These students must have an exceptional record of on and off the ice conduct, teamwork, spirit and respectfully accept the rulings of game officials during the season. Bruins alumni Johnny Bucyk will present individuals selected for this awards MIAA Sportsmanship Award during the second intermission of the tonight’s game on the B’s bench.
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT: The Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at “Military Appreciation Night” presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. during the Bruins versus New York Islanders game at the TD Garden. To show their support for the armed forces, Bruins players Nathan Horton, David Krejci, and Tuukka Rask, will each purchase $5,000 worth of tickets to the game to give to local military members and their families. The military members and families who sit in these player-donated seats will have the opportunity to meet the players postgame.
BRUINS ON NESNPLUS RATINGS: NESN's simultaneous coverage of both the Boston Red Sox on NESN and Boston Bruins on NESNplus last Thursday night (4/4/13), delivered a combined 14.3 HH rating and 24 share in the Boston DMA according to Nielsen. With NESN’s combined 24 share last Thursday night, the network garnered nearly one out of every four households that were watching TV in the Boston market between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm. The Black & Gold will be on NESNplus again on Thursday, April 11, when the Bruins take on the Islanders at TD Garden.
BRUINS VS HURRICANES LIFETIME: The Bruins and Hurricanes will meet for the 184th time tonight with the B’s holding a 96-69-16-2 record with a 625-542 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 52-32-7-1 in 92 games at home against Carolina with a 314-244 scoring edge. The B’s are 26-28-3-2 against the Carolina, since they relocated from Hartford in 1997. The Bruins won the first game of this season’s series with a 5-3 victory on January 28, which snapped a four-game losing streak against the Hurricanes. Boston is 12-6-0 in their last 18 games against the Canes.
POINT-PER-GAME SUCCESS: Jaromir Jagr has appeared in 72 games against the Carolina Hurricanes and has tallied 34 goals and 69 assists for 103 points (1.43 points-per-game) with a +18 rating. The next closest Bruin in points-per-game against Carolina is David Krejci, who has notched 17 points in 18 games (.94 points-per-game, 6-11).
146 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 146 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following last Thursday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
HURRICANES NOTEBOOK: The Hurricanes will play four of its next six games on the road starting tonight in Boston…The Hurricanes acquired Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 2, in exchange for Adam Hall and a seventh round draft pick in the 2013 Draft. Bergeron earned his first point as a Hurricane in his Carolina debut on April 2 against Washington…Jiri Tlusty earned his 100th NHL point and NHL hat trick on April 2, vs. Washington… Carolina captain Eric Staal is tied for sixth in the NHL with a team leading 41 points (16 goals, 25 assists)…
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 14-for-97 (14.4%, 24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 112-for-124 (90.3%, 1st NHL)… Hurricanes power play: 18-for-138 (13.0%, 28th NHL), Hurricanes penalty kill: 96-for-126 (76.2%, 28th NHL)