Boston Bruins (14-6-2) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (8-10-4)
3:43 p.m. - Overtime Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, CAR 2
KREJCI SEALS IT: For the second straight game the Bruins headed into overtime to determine who would take home the two points. This time around, the Bruins came out on top when David Krejci, notched the game winner one and a half minutes into the overtime frame. The play was set up by Jarome Iginla who deked his way through two Carolina defenders before sending a perfect pack backwards to Krejci to handle and send home for two points and the win. The Bruins are back in action on Monday as they take on the Sydney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Monday as they take on the Sydney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
3:29 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CAR 2
HAMILTON CALLED FOR INTERFERENCE: Boston Blueliner Dougie Hamilton was called for interference with just under eight minutes to play in the third, giving the Hurricanes their second man-advantage of the game. This time around the Bruins were able to kill off the minor after allowing a PP goal in the first period, keeping the score knotted with a little over five-minutes to go in the period. With that kill, the Bruins are now 60-70 on the season overall.
CAROLINA TIES IT UP SHORTHANDED: Despite the Bruins being awarded a power play at 10:24 into the third, the Carolina Hurricanes forward Patrick Dwyer was able to convert on a shorthanded breakaway opportunity to tie the game at 2, with 8:50 left in the frame. The unassisted goal marks Dwyer's second goal of the year.
BRUINS GO ON THE PP: With 12:52 remaining in the third frame, Carolina's Elias Lindholm was assessed a boarding penalty for his hit on Johnny Boychuk against the wall, low in the Bruins zone. The Bruins managed to get three shots on Cam Ward during their third power play oppotunity of the night, but none were able to get to the back of the net. With 10:52 to go in the third period the Bruins are outshooting the Canes 33-19.
2:48 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CAR 1
HOT ON THE DOT: The Bruins are having a successful game in the faceoff circle thus far this game, winning draws at a 69% rate (31/45) . Leading the pack for the Black & Gold is Chris Kelly, who's won 10 of 11 (91%). Centerman Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci have been solid as well with Bergeron winning 10 of 16 draws (63%) and Krejci winning seven of 11 faceoffs (64%).
SMITH PUTS B'S UP 2-1: With 6:29 to go in the second frame of action, Reilly Smith put the Bruins up 2-1 with a slick backhand past Canes goaltender Cam Ward. It was a great hustle play by Smith who recovered a loose puck just inside of the left faceoff circle, which he then skillfully handled across the crease, before flipping a backhand by the slightly out of position Ward. The goal marks Smith's fourth tally of the year, which marks a single-season high at the NHL level for the 22-year-old. Matt Bartkowski and Carl Soderberg getting credit for the assists on the play for their fifth and seventh of the year, respectively.
CAROLINA CALLED FOR DELAY OF GAME: The Bruins were awarded their second man-advantage of the game when Carolina's Andrej Sekera inadvertently flipped the puck over the boards for a delay of game penalty at 4:09 into the second period. The Bruins once again were able to apply ample pressure in the Carolina zone for a majority of the power play, but this time around, the Hurricanes were able to bail out Sekera to kill off their 63rd penalty of the year. With 13:06 to go in the second frame, the Bruins lead the Hurricanes 16-6 in shots.
1:47 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CAR 1
MILLER BRINGING THE PHYSICALITY: B's Defensman Kevan Miller, playing in his second NHL game tonight, leads the B's in the hit department with four heading into the second period. Not far behind Miller, is Milan Lucic who has registered three thus far this game. As a team the Bruins are outhitting the Hurricanes, 15-10.
CHARA PICKS UP A POWER PLAY GOAL: With 7:57 to go in the first period, Carolina's Manny Malhotra was called for a high-sticking double minor when he caught Bruins forward David krejci in the face with his stick. The first two minutes of the Bruins power play saw sustained pressure in the Hurricanes zone, but they only managed to get one shot on net coming from Jarome Iginla. The Bruins maintained the pressure and were rewarded when Zdeno Chara picked up a dirty goal on the doorstep off a Milan Lucic rebound, for Chara's fourth goal of the year. All four of Chara's goals this year have come on the power play. Lucic and Torey Krug earn helpers on the power play goal for their eighth assists of the season.
SODERBERG OFF FOR HOOKING, CANES SCORE: The Hurricanes got their first power play chance of the game when B's forward Carl Soderberg was whistled for hooking at 4:47 into the first period. Carolina's power play unit, which coming into tonight ranked 28th in the league, was statistically the underdog against the Bruins second ranked penalty kill. But the Hurricanes still managed to get one past Chad Johnson, when Andrej Sekera ripped a shot from the blueline with plenty of traffic in front of the B's netminder, for his fifth goal of the season. Earning assists for the Canes were Jeff Skinner (7) and Eric Staal (6).
12:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. CAR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Johnson (2-1-0, 2.30 GAA, .917 Save %) vs. Ward (2-3-3, 2.84 GAA, .910 Save %). This will be Johnson’s first career start against Carolina. Ward is 12-12-2 with a 2.62 GAA and .918 save % with three shutouts in 26 career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS HURRICANES LIFETIME: The Bruins and Hurricanes are meeting for the 187th time with the Bruins holding a 98-70-16-2 record and a 637-549 scoring advantage overall. The Black and Gold are 53-32-7-1 in 93 games in Boston with a 320-246 scoring edge in those contests. In their last nine home games against Carolina, Boston is 6-3-0. Carolina’s 2011-12 sweep of the season series was the franchise’s first ever sweep of the Bruins.
TUUKKA TIME: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask enters today first in the league in save percentage (.945) and third in goals against average (1.62). Rask, who is 6-1-2 in his last nine starts, has allowed one goal or fewer in 11 of his 19 appearances this season.
MAGIC NUMBER TWO: The Bruins are 101-6-6 since 2010-11 in games in which Boston has had a two-goal lead in a game, including an 11-2-0 mark in those games this season. That extends to 57-1-1 over that span when they had led by three goals.
STAYING POSITIVE: The Bruins enter tonight with a plus-20 GF/GA differential, which leads the Eastern Conference and ranks fourth overall in the NHL.
SLICE THE ICE HOLIDAY SKATE AT TD GARDEN: The Boston Bruins will host their fourth annual “Slice the Ice” event to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation on Sunday, December 1. “Slice the Ice” will take place across four hour and a half sessions starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. At the event fans will have the opportunity to skate on the TD Garden ice and take pictures on the Bruins bench, at the Bruins goal, in the penalty box, and with the Zamboni® ice resurfacing machine. Fans will then be taken on a tour of the Boston Bruins locker room followed by a photo op with the 2011 Stanley Cup banner. Fans are encouraged to use this event to stage a unique and memorable family holiday photo.
178 AND COUNTING: Following last Thursday’s home game against the St. Louis Blues, the Bruins have sold out 178 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
HURRICANES NOTEBOOK: Winger Jeff Skinner was reactivated from injured reserve on Thursday and is expected to play in his 200th NHL game today… Carolina leads the NHL with a 57.5% faceoff efficiency for the month of November… The Hurricanes lead the NHL with 223 takeaways… Centerman Eric Staal leads the Hurricanes in assists (8), points (13) and is tied for first with winger Nathan Gerbe in goals (5). Staal also enters today riding a four-game point streak with two goals and two assists during that span… The Canes recalled 2013 first round draft pick (fifth overall), Elias Lindholm from the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) on November 22.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 10-for-56 (17.9%, 17th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 59-for-68 (86.8%, 2nd NHL)… Hurricanes power play: 10-for-84 (11.9%, 28th NHL) Hurricanes penalty kill: 62-for-78 (83.1%, 13th NHL).