After their 4-1 loss to the Capitals on Thursday, the Boston Bruins entered Saturday nights’ game versus the Carolina Hurricanes wanting to play physical hockey and recapture some of the “harder to play against” vibe they carried through much of last season – the succeeded.
The B’s took over the game early as they burned the Canes for seven goals, allowed only two and forced all-star goalie Cam Ward from the game. Seven different Bruins scored as the B’s saw production from a wide variety of their lineup.
Head Coach Claude Julien was happy to see the scoring diversity.
“It was nice to see,” he said. “That just rewards everybody for their effort and just shows everybody is a contributor in some way.
“This was one of those nights I can honestly say that I’m not very disappointed in anybody tonight. We all showed up and played hard.”Do Over
Goaltender Tim Thomas
(26-saves) said the difference between the first two games was like “night and day.”
“The first 10 minutes the other night, the first game, we came out and we played like we played for 60 minutes tonight,” he said. “The rest of the game the other night, I don’t know, it just was a bad home opener.
“We kind of looked at tonight as a redo.”
Before the first period was out, the B’s scored three goals and had three times as many shots as the Canes with 21 to seven. In Thursday’s game, the Bruins only recorded 20 shots in all three periods.
The Bruins tallied their first point of the night at 4:06 of the first period when Marc Savard
scored on a power play after Joe Corvo
took a seat in the box for hooking at 3:35. Michael Ryder and Derek Morris recorded their first points of the season with the assists on Savard’s goal.
Michael Ryder scored his first goal of the season at 12:38 while Carolina served a penalty for too many men on the ice.
Then, only twenty six seconds later, at 13:04 Blake Wheeler scored with both teams at full strength as he redirected a shot over Cam Ward’s left shoulder. The goals were the fastest two goals scored since two tallies in an eight-second span last Feb. 7 versus the Philadelphia Flyers.
As for softening the blow of last season, 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 revengeFirst line fabulous…
Marco Sturm scored his first goal since the beginning of the 2008-09 season when he rushed the net and received a pass from his center Marc Savard
“In the last game we were not the greatest,” said Savard of his line’s effort. “But we stayed positive [and] we said, ‘Okay, here we go, here we go,’ and tonight we were rewarded.
“We worked hard the three of us, we didn’t play much together through the exhibition because of the special teams, but we play[ed] good as a unit, got pucks to the net and got things rolling.”
According to Savard, the players were sharper on the puck.
“They just focused, I think the mental sharpness and just being with it, but like I said, the biggest thing is that we made the rebound shot off the net with the guys on the puck,” he said.Hard fought…
A total of 48-minutes (including fighting majors to Milan Lucic
and Shawn Thornton
) were assessed to the B’s and another 44 to the Canes.
However, Coach Julien said Carolina deserved a lot of credit.
“Sometimes when the score gets up that high there’s frustration… I have no issue with that,” he said. “That’s just a team with character just reacting to not liking what’s happening to them.
“And that’s why they got as far as they did last year because they don’t give up. No matter what the score is, they’re going to fight, and that’s why you have to give that team credit.”