Tonight the Boston Bruins earned another two points in their regulation win against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The win comes as the team’s first road win of the season and their first win against the Hurricanes since the 2010-2011 season.
The Bruins came out in the first period showing they came to win by setting the tone early on by great offensive forecheck, cycling the puck and forcing the Canes behind their own net. Once again it would be the Bruins penalty kill that would be their strongest suit as Brad Marchand was able to stealthily creep to the right-hand side lower dot and blast a one-timer past Cam Ward, thanks to a cross-ice pass from Zdeno Chara. Their next goal came from their other special teams unit as they found themselves on the power play, this time Z taking the blast from the blue line, thanks to a screen by Lucic Ward never saw the puck until it was too late, instilling a 2-0 lead midway through the first frame. Jamie McBain was able to bank a rebound shot in past Anton Khudobin to cut the Bruins lead to 1, but that’s all Carolina would register, despite deadlocking the shots at 11 a piece.
The second period provided a lot of back and forth action from both teams, but it would be the neutral zone turnovers that would hurt Boston in the long run as the Canes were able to capitalize on two in the final minutes of the middle frame. A couple minutes after Nathan Horton would re-gain the 2-goal lead for the Bruins, the Canes answered back scoring two of their own, tying the game at 3 goals a piece.
Through the opening half of the third period, the momentum bounced back and forth like a ping pong ball. Just as it would appear as though the game was heading into additional minutes, Dougie Hamilton used his quick hands to shoot a pass across the ice to David Krejci who hammered in the one-timer back-door on Ward, instilling a 4-3 lead in the final two minutes of play. A few seconds later the Canes found themselves on the penalty kill as their captain Eric Staal went to the box for slashing, instilling a man-advantage for Boston for the remainder of the game. Despite their efforts to even the playing field by pulling Ward for the extra attacker, Tyler Seguin was able to free the puck in the neutral zone and use his speed to break away and score the empty net goal. However, rather than celebrate he found himself heading back down towards the Boston end of things to find Patrice Bergeron in a scrum with Jeff Skinner, an event that had fans and media alike, stumped and still does.
The Bruins have now taken points in all five of their games played and sit comfortably in first place in the Eastern Conference. They look to keep their streak alive as they head to New Jersey tomorrow night to take on the Devils for what should be a fairly entertaining game. Puck drops at 7PM and can be seen on NESN.