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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins (12-6-1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (8-8-4)

9:35 pm - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 4, CAR 1

BRUINS DOWN CANES: The Bruins topped the Hurricanes, 4-1 in Raleigh with goals from Carl Soderberg, Reilly Smith and Johnny Boychuk as well as an empty net goal from Milan Lucic with 11 seconds left in the third. Tuukka Rask earns his 11th win of the season with another solid display of goaltending, stopping 23 of 24 shots faced. Tonight also marks the 10th game this season that Rask has allowed just one goal of fewer in his 17 appearances.  The Bruins are back in tomorrow night in the Big Apple, as they take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Game time set for 7:30 pm ET.

Johnny Boychuk regained the Bruins two-goal lead, when he pinched up the wall to unload a slapshot on a loose puck, which had ricocheted out after David Krejci and Milan Lucic crashed the net on doorstep scoring chance. Carolina goaltender Cam Ward was caught slightly out of position following the Krejci and Lucic attack up front, allowing for just enough space for Boychuk to send a laser to the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Lucic and Krejci both pick up assists on the play for their eighth and 14th helper of the season, respectively.

Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was sent to the sin bin at 3:27 into the third period when he was called for slashing on Carolina's Patrick Dwyer.  The Bruins once again stayed strong on the PK, allowing just one shot, clearing the puck out of their own end multiple times to kill off their 32nd straight penalty. 

B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.

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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in tomorrow night in the Big Apple, as they take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

8:35 pm - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CAR 1

With 7:05 to go in the second period, Johnny Boychuk was called for tripping, sending the Bruins on their second penalty kill of the evening. With 1:03 remaining on the Boychuk penalty, Gregory Campbell, attempting to clear the puck out of the zone, inadvertently sent the puck 200 feet down the ice over the glass in the Carolina end, resulting in a delay of game call, giving the Canes a five-on-three advantage.  The Carolina offense kept the pressure on in the Bruins zone, controlling the puck for a majority of their power play, but with the help of a couple huge saves from Tuukka Rask, the B's were able to kill off their 30th and 31st straight penalty. Huge kill for the B's.

Bruins blueliner Torey Krug drew the B's second penalty of the game when he was hooked by Jiri Tlusty. The Black & Gold power play wasn't able to sustain as much pressure as their first man-advantage of the night with Patrice Bergeron providing the only shot on net during the two-minute minor. Carolina was ultimately able to kill off the infraction assessed to Tlusty, making them one-for-two on the night and 59-for-74 on the season.

7:52 pm - First Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CAR 1

With just 4.8 seconds left in the in the first period, the Bruins surrendered a goal when Carolina forward Tuomo Rutuu received a pass in transition from Eric Staal, which he was able to re-direct past Rask, just inches out of Tuukka's reach. The goal marked Ruutu's first goal of the season with Staal earning his seventh assist. Cane's winger Drayson Bowman picks up the secondary assist for his second  helper of the year.

The Bruins went on the PK at 15:54 into the first period, when Jordan Caron was called for slashing on Carolina's Tim Gleason.  The B's strong PK unit continued its strong play, not allowing one shot during the Carolina man-advantage, bailing out Caron for their 29th straight successful penalty kill, which dates back to October 30.

Carl Soderberg doubled the lead for the Bruins with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first frame, when he deflected a firm Dennis Seidenberg wrist shot past Cam Ward for his second goal of the season. Seidenberg's role in the play earns him his sixth assists of the season, while Reilly Smith gets the secondary assist for his 10th of the year. Smith now how a multi-point game with a goal (see below) and an assist.

Just 1:29 into the first period of tonight's game, the Bruins went on the power play when Zdeno Chara drew a slashing penalty from Carolina's Jiri Tlusty.  The Bruins took full advantage, when Carl Soderberg through a pretty pass to Reilly Smith, who had the inside position in out in front of the Hurricane's crease. Smith was then able to tap the perfect pass from Soderberg past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward for an early 1-0 lead.  The goal marks Smith's third of the season with Soderberg earning his sixth assist of the year. Also credited with an assist on the play is Loui Eriksson for his sixth of the year, extending his point streak to six straight games.

6:30 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. CAR

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (10-5-1, 1.68 GAA, .943 Save %) vs. Ward (2-2-3, 2.81 GAA, .912 Save %). Rask is 3-3-0 with a 2.62 GAA and .917 save % in seven career games against Ottawa. Ward is 12-11-2 with a 2.60 GAA and .919 save % with three shutouts in 25 career games against Boston.

BRUINS VS HURRICANES LIFETIME: The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes will meet for the 186th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 97-70-16-2 record and a 633-548 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 44-38-9-1 in their 92 lifetime meetings against the Hurricanes in Carolina, with a scoring advantage of 313-302 in those contests. The Bruins are 2-5-0 in their last seven meetings against the Hurricanes, which follows an 11-2-0 stretch in their previous 13 games of this lifetime series. The Bruins went 2-1-0 against Carolina in last season’s series, winning the first two games.

STREAKING: Loui Eriksson enters tonight’s game against the Hurricanes, riding a five-game point streak with 2-4=6 totals during that span. Linemate Patrice Bergeron comes into tonight riding a point-streak of his own, tallying 3-2=5 totals over the course of his last four games played.

TUUKKA TIME: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask enters tonight having allowed one goal or less in nine of this 16 appearances this season. Rask also comes into this evening tied for fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.943) and sole possession of fourth in goals against average (1.68).

CARON IN: Head Coach Claude Julien gave Jordan Caron the nod for this evening's game, with winger Shawn Thornton sitting out as the healthy scratch.

HURRICANES NOTEBOOK: Hurricane’s Captain Eric Staal enters this evening leading Carolina in points with 11. Staal is also on a two-game goal/point streak, recording 2-0=2 in his last two contests. Jordan Staal enters tonight one game shy of 500 NHL games… Tim Gleason is currently one point shy of 100 points as a member of the Hurricanes… Brett Bellemore has recorded 54 hits this season, which ranks second among NHL rookies.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 9-for-50 (18.0%, 17th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 52-for-60 (86.7%, 4th NHL)… Hurricanes power play: 10-for-76 (13.2%, 25th NHL), Hurricanes penalty kill: 58-for-72 (80.6%, 21st NHL)… The Bruins enter tonight having killed off 28 straight penalties, after allowing five-straight power play goals from October 26 – 30.

12 BRUINS PARTICIPATING IN MOVEMBER: Bruins players Matt Bartkowski, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Loui Eriksson, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Dennis Seidenberg, and Shawn Thornton will participate in the Movember movement by growing and maintaining moustaches during the month of November in order to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. To kick off their month-long participation in Movember the players got a clean shave, provided by Gillette, on Thursday, October 31 at TD Garden after their game against the Anaheim Ducks. Gillette donated $1,000 to each of the player’s Movember pages to jumpstart their fundraising. Fans can get involved by donating to their favorite player’s Movember page or by starting their own at Bruins prizes will be awarded weekly to the fan with the best Mo.

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