The Bruins jumped out to an early lead on the road and actually held on, taking a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes Monday in Carolina.
Boston got on the board early with a power-play goal from Reilly Smith and followed with a Carl Soderberg goal that came off a tip of a Dennis Seidenberg shot. Just as they did in Friday’s loss to the Senators, however, the B’s let the Hurricanes back in it late in the first when they allowed a weird flukey goal from an Eric Staal pass that went off Tuomo Ruutu and past Tuukka Rask.
The teams skated to a scoreless second period before Johnny Boychuk added to the lead in the third. After Cam Ward lost his stick under Tim Gleason and came out of the net to retrieve it, Boychuk stepped up and fired a slapshot into the vacated net. The goal was Boychuk’s first of the season. Milan Lucic picked up an empty-netter with 10.2 seconds left.
The Bruins will play the Rangers Tuesday in New York before returning home to host the Blues on Thursday.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- The Bruins have always prided themselves on their ability to kill penalties, but 32 straight is pretty unheard of. At the very least, it’s the best stretch the team’s PK has had under Claude Julien and, as was seen Monday, it cane make quite the difference in a one-goal game.
- Soderberg had his second multi-point game of the season (and his NHL career), and has 13 shots on goal over his last three games. Soderberg was all around the net Monday, a really good sign for a Bruins’ third line that seems to be finding its way offensively.
- Rask bounced back nicely from Friday’s subpar outing, stopping 23 of the 24 pucks he saw. He should have stopped Ruutu’s goal, but strong saves (including on a point shot in the final second of the second-period 5-on-3) made up for it.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Brad Marchand was replaced midway through the third period on the second line by Jordan Caron, the latter of whom was in the lineup in place of Shawn Thornton. It looked to be more of a case of Marchand playing his way off the line than Caron playing his way onto it, as Caron took a penalty in the first period and was rather quiet skating on the fourth line.
- That’s twice in the last two games that the Bruins have dominated the first period and taken a 2-0 lead only to see their opponent get on the board in the final minute of the period. Ruutu’s flukey tally led NESN to do some digging and come up with this incredible statistic: Of the 37 goals the Bruins have allowed this season, nine of them have come in the final two minutes of a period.
- The B’s had some bad luck with penalties in the second period, as a Johnny Boychuk tripping call turned out to be bogus when replays showed his stick only touched Tlusty’s stick before Tlusty got tripped up and fell behind the net.
Then, with just over a minute left on Boychuk’s penalty, Gregory Campbell iced the puck, but did it with so much oomph that it made it over the glass from the other end of the ice. Since the puck was sent out from the Bruins’ zone, that landed Campbell in the box for delay of game.
- One note on Ruutu’s goal: That’s a rare 5-on-5 goal against for the Bruins with both Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron on the ice. It happened just once all of last season, but Ruutu’s was at least the third such occurrence this season. Henrik Zetterberg has scored twice with both Bergeron and Chara on the ice in 5-on-5 play.