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Bruins shut out Hurricanes, get eighth straight victory

Halak makes 24 saves, Boston breaks tie late in third to extend point streak to 12

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Halak’s 24-save shutout

CAR@BOS: Halak stops 24 shots, shuts out Hurricanes

Jaroslav Halak makes 24 saves, recording his 49th career shutout in his 500th NHL game, leading the Bruins to a 2-0 win against the Hurricanes

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BOSTON -- Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves, and the Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to eight games with a 2-0 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Halak, playing in his 500th NHL game, got his second shutout of the season and 49th of his NHL career.

In the Bruins' past four wins, they have been behind or tied in the third period.

 

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"I'm just glad that I'm part of this group because it's a special group," Halak said. "We are so close, and we keep proving it on the ice. We stick to the game plan for 60 minutes. Tonight we did, and for the most part we do. And we believe that even if it's a tie game or we are down by one or so, we still believe that we can come back and win."

Charlie Coyle and David Krejci scored goals 1:08 apart in the third period for Boston (20-3-5), which is 9-0-3 in its past 12 games and is the only NHL team without a regulation home loss this season (12-0-4).

Video: CAR@BOS: Coyle deflects fast pass from Marchand in

James Reimer made 32 saves for Carolina (16-11-1), which lost for the third time in four games.

"I think we know in this locker room the team that we can be," Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin said. "And when we're on, we can play with the best teams in the League. But like I said, when we come off of it … it seems like every little mistake that we make ends up costing us. So we've just got to make sure that as a team we're sticking to our game plan, keeping it simple because obviously it was working for the whole game, for the most part. So you take a little bit of [the positive], but I think we're pretty rattled in here right now."

Coyle scored on a tip-in to make it 1-0 at 15:55.

"Obviously we took a little breath there and they made us pay pretty quick," Carolina forward Jordan Staal said. "... Guys worked hard, and we played pretty well for obviously a majority of the game. Coming up short always hurts."

Krejci tipped a point shot by Charlie McAvoy to make it 2-0 at 17:03.

"They're a good team, they're fast," Krejci said. "But I thought we played good defensively. [Halak] obviously was our best player tonight, and the D didn't really give them second chances. And as a forward, just kind of stuck with it. We didn't have our A-game, but you're not going to have it for all 82 games. So we stuck with it, and we kept plugging away and got a big goal by [Coyle], and after that it was a little bit easier."

Video: CAR@BOS: Krejci nets 200th goal off redirect in front

It was the first game between Boston and Carolina since they faced each other in the 2019 Eastern Conference Final, which the Bruins swept in four games.

"A lot of our losses have been this way where we're in the game," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We've had so many just where we're making that critical error, so that's something we definitely have to correct moving forward. These ones sting. These ones are the ones that are hard to come back from. So we're going to have pick the pieces up tomorrow."

 

They said it

"We were trying. Obviously our power play wasn't very good, we had two cracks at it and we didn't generate much. We had one chance out of the two power plays, so that's not enough. But other than that, we had our opportunities, we made that one error and that cost us the game." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour 

"I think it's a really good accomplishment for any goalie, particularly, even myself, finding myself about three or four years ago in the minors. But I just try to focus on what's now, and what happened in the past happened is in the past." -- Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak on playing his 500th NHL game

Video: Halak earns Tuesday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout

 

Need to know

Boston center Patrice Bergeron missed his fifth straight game (lower body). ... Reimer had won his previous three starts. … The Bruins' eight-game winning streak is their longest since they won 12 in a row from March 2-22, 2014. … Krejci's goal was the 200th of his NHL career. … Boston's 16-game home point streak is its longest to begin a season since it started 19-0 with two ties in 1973-74.

Video: CAR@BOS: Slavin's shot rips, goes through side of net

 

What's next

Hurricanes: Host the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Bruins: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NESN, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

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