3:30 p.m. - 3rd Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 2, CAR 1
BRUINS SNAP TWO-GAME SKID:
The Bruins were able to snap their two game skid with a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Patrice Bergeron and Seth Griffith led the way for the Bruins each scoring goals, while Tuukka Rask gave a strong performance between the pipes stopping 33 shots, allowing just one goal. The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday, November 18 against the St Louis Blues TD Garden with puck drop set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
BRUINS GO ON THE MAN-ADVANTAGE:
With 11:41 to go in the third period, the Bruins were given a golden opportunity to extend their lead when Eric Staal was called for interference sending their power play to work for the second time in the game. The Bruins had their best chance when Reilly Smith centered an open Carl Soderberg crashing the net, but Soderberg wasn't able to get enough stick on the puck and the chance was eliminated by Carolina. Hurricanes were eventually able to kill it off to keep it a one-goal game with under ten minutes in the third frame.
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.
The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday, November 18 against the St Louis Blues TD Garden with puck drop set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
2:33 p.m. - 2nd Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CAR 1LUCIC TO THE BOX:
With 5:44 to go in the middle frame, Milan Lucic was assessed a roughing penalty and sent to the box following post-whistle shoving with Brett Bellemore out in front of the Carolina net. Lucic's teammates were able to bail him out, limiting the Carolina offense to low percentage chances, that allowed the B's to kill off the penalty unscathed.
BRUINS EARN A POWER PLAY:
With 10:22 to go in the second period, the Bruins were awarded a power play opportunity when Carolina's Victor Rask was called for holding on B's defenseman Joe Morrow. The best opportunities came with approximately 30 seconds left on the man advantage when both Dougie Hamilton and Patrice Bergeron unloaded slapshots from the parameter with Carl Soderberg screening in front. On both attempts, Soderberg was able to get a stick on the puck in an attempt to tip it past Ward, but both times he's came up empty. Bruins still lead 2-1 with under ten minutes to go in the second period.
1:44 p.m. - 1st Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CAR 1BERGERON SCORES:
With 49.1 seconds to go in the first frame of action, Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins the lead when he converted on a pass from Brad Marchand, who wheeled all the way around the crease, showing great patience before making the pass to his linemate. Bergeron let the shot fly from the inner half of the right faceoff circle that squeaked by Ward's left leg pad for Bergeron's fourth goal of the season. Marchand's primary assist marks his sixth of the season, while Dennis Seidenberg gets credited with the secondary helper for his fourth of the year.
Another note on Marchand's assist is that is was the 100th NHL/Bruins assist of his career.
GRIFFITH KNOTS IT UP:
Rookie Seth Griffith's tenacity on defense earned him a goal, knotting the game up with 5:36 remaining in the first, when he batted at an errant pass from a Carolina defender in front the the Hurricanes net which ended up deflecting past Cam Ward. The unassisted goal marks Griffith's fifth goal of the season, which is now tied for the team lead with forwards Carl Soderberg and Brad Marchand.
BRUINS KILL OFF A FIVE-ON-THREE:
At 7:17 into the first period, Reilly Smith was whistled for goaltender interference. Shortly thereafter, defenseman Adam McQuaid was called for hooking on Jiri Tlusty during a rush through the slot, putting the Bruins on a five-on-three penalty kill. The Hurricanes kept a steady attack throughout the duration of their man-advantage but Rask and his penalty killers were able to weather the storm to kill off the two minor infractions without further damage. That's a big kill for the B's, down 1-0 early.
CAROLINA TAKES EARLY LEAD:
With 12:55 to go in the first period the Hurricanes took the lead when Jiri Tlusty tipped a puckk past Tuukka Rask for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. Heavy traffic in front, limited Rask's vision giving the puck a chance to find a way through
off the tip. Earning assists on the play were Eric Staal (5) and Justin Faulk (9)
12:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. CAR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (8-5-0, 2.69 GAA, .901 Save %) vs. Ward (5-4-1, 2.48 GAA, .906 Save %). In eight games against Carolina, Rask has a 4-3-0 record with two shutouts and a 2.41 GAA & 921 Save %. Ward has appeared in 28 career games against Boston, compiling a 12-13-3 record (three shutouts with a 2.72 GAA and .917 Save %.
BRUINS VS HURRICANES LIFETIME: The Bruins and Hurricanes will meet for the 189th time today in their franchise histories (includes totals as Hartford Whalers), with the Bruins holding a 100-70-16-2 record with a 645-552 scoring edge in those games. The Black & Gold are 55-32-7-1 in their 95 lifetime games against the Hurricanes in Boston with a 328-249 scoring advantage.
MILETONES APPROACHING: Winger Brad Marchand comes into today’s matchup one assist shy of his 100th NHL/Bruins assist, three goals shy of his 100th NHL/Bruins goal and four points short of his 200th NHL/Bruins point… Simon Gagne needs two more points to hit 600 career points.
HAMILTON HOT: Five out of Dougie Hamilton’s 11 points this season, have come on game-winning goals… The 21-year-old defensemen enters today tied for 10th among NHL blueliners in points (11) and tied for sixth in goals (four).
THIRD UNIFORM SYSTEM: The Bruins will wear their third uniform system for today’s game and will wear it for a total 15 games this season. Thus far the Bruins are 1-1-0 when wearing their third jerseys.
223 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, the Bruins have sold out 223 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
HURRICANES NOTEBOOK: Carolina is 6-1-1 record in their past eight games, with their first regulation loss in November coming on Thursday night (11/13) vs. the Jets… Alexander Semin enters tonight is one point shy of his 500th NHL point… Riley Nash is riding a three-game point streak with one goal and three assists during that span… The Hurricanes rank fifth in the NHL for fewest penalty minutes per games at 8.9. Last season, Carolina finished the regular season averaging just 7.9 penalty minutes per game, which was the lowest in the league.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 11-for-48 (22.9%, 8th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 43-for-56 (76.8%, 24th NHL)… Hurricanes power play: 11-for-53 (20.8%, 11th NHL), Hurricanes penalty kill: 38-for-48 (79.2%, 19th NHL).