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Marchand scores twice for Bruins in win against Hurricanes

Halak makes 42 saves; Aho ties NHL record with assist for Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Brad Marchand scored two goals for the Boston Bruins in a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

Sebastian Aho had an assist to become the third player in NHL history to begin a season with at least one assist in 12 straight games, joining Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers, 1982-83) and Ken Linseman (Bruins, 1985-86).

Aho, who has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 12 games, also passed Ron Francis for the longest season-opening point streak in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history.

 

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Patrice Bergeron had three assists, and Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves for the Bruins (7-3-2), who have won three of their past four games.

"It was bound to finally go in," said Marchand, who has four goals this season. "It's been a little tough the past (11) games. I don't think I've really even pulled my weight, but it's nice to get a couple tonight. It all starts with big plays from other guys, I'm just the beneficiary."

Scott Darling made 28 saves for the Hurricanes (6-5-1) in his season debut.

"We're shooting a lot, maybe we have to make an extra pass or something to beat these goalies," Dougie Hamilton said. "But we had some chances, some breakaways, a post. That's just the way it goes."

Marchand gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead at 5:23 of the third period when he held off Justin Williams, circled the net, and scored on a wraparound. 

"I just knew I had a forward beside me, and I knew if I could get by him, I'd have a good opportunity," Marchand said. "[Williams] was kind of all over me, so I wasn't able to get a shot off. Luckily, it worked the way it happened."

Video: BOS@CAR: Marchand scores go-ahead goal on wraparound

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said, "We just weren't willing to compete on a puck, win it on the wall, chip to space and use their legs. We have the young players to do that, so that was disappointing for me. But [Marchand] came through and hopefully they learned a lesson tonight."

Micheal Ferland gave Carolina a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 17:54 of the first period. Halak saved Aho's initial shot, but Ferland got the rebound at the top of the crease and scored into an open net. The goal was his 100th NHL point.

David Pastrnak tied it 1-1 on the power play at 12:22 of the second period, taking a pass from Torey Krug and scoring on a one-timer from low in the left face-off circle that handcuffed Darling.

"He doesn't like getting those very much from that angle, so that's why I didn't want to give it to him," said Krug, who played 18:13 in his season debut. "But that's what good players do, they make something out of those opportunities."

Video: BOS@CAR: Aho ties NHL record on Ferland's PPG

Hamilton scored to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead at 18:33 with a one-timer off a face-off on the power play.

Marchand scored a power-play goal with 18 seconds left in the second period to tie it 2-2. He received a stretch pass from Bergeron and scored from the left circle on a wrist shot inside the right post.

 
They said it 

"[Halak] came in and has been lights out basically from the beginning. He's been making some key saves but also some amazing saves. It gives you momentum when you see those plays unfold and you just try to make up for it." -- Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron 

 

"I like the way our lines are playing, I like the flow of it 5-on-5. We certainly didn't get outplayed in that one. I know we aren't scoring, but I don't look at it as an offensive drought." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour 

 

Need to know

Boston is 11-0-5 in its past 16 games against Carolina. … Pastrnak is the first player to score at least 11 goals through the Bruins' first 12 games of a season since Dimitri Kvartalnov (11 in 1992-93). ... Pastrnak has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 11 games against the Hurricanes. … Ferland has five goals in the past seven games.

 

What's next 

Bruins: At the Nashville Predators on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, NESN, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: At the Arizona Coyotes on Friday (10 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, FS-CR NHL.TV)

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