BOSTON -- The Bruins scored a season-high six goals and Tuukka Rask tied his season-high save total with 40 as Boston overpowered Carolina, 6-2, Monday night at the TD Garden.
This one was over early. The Bruins scored three first-period goals, including two in the first eight minutes as they lnocked Hurricanes starting goaltender Justin Peters out of the game.
The B's scored two more in the second period to increase the lead to 5-0. The 'Canes cut the deficit to 5-2 with two third-period goals, before Boston closed out the scoring through.
Rich Peverley got things started just 3:51 into the game as he successfully finished a wrap-around at the left post after his initial shot from the right circle was stopped by Peters' left shoulder. The puck bounced off the glass behind the net and shot out the other side. Peverley kept skating behind the net and just stuffed it in for the 1-0 lead.
Brad Marchand scored the next two and he also benefitted from wraparound attempts. Only he wasn't getting his own rebounds; he put home someone else's.
First it was a Greg Campbell wraparound that he finished. Then, with 2:40 left in the first period, he finished a Jaromir Jagr wraparound that was initially stopped by the Hurricanes' new goalie, Dan Ellis.
In the second period, Andrew Ference was credited for his third goal of the season after a Dennis Seidenberg shot from the left point redirected off him and into the net for a 4-0 Bruins lead. Then Jordan Caron put home a rebound out front on a Peverley shot from the left circle that Ellis couldn't handle.
Carolina scored two goals in less than a minute in the third period, after having its first goal disallowed when a bouncing puck was "kicked" in at the goal line. But Nathan Horton ended any Hurricanes hopes by finishing a perfect Dougie Hamilton pass from the right point down to Horton's tape out front as he stood there all alone, with 3:04 left in the game.
GOLD STAR: Andrew Ference had one of his best and most engaged games of the season: a goal and an assist, a team-high 22:04 of ice time and a night that included five shots on net, two hits and three blocked shots along with a plus-3 rating. Ference teamed with Dennis Seidenberg to form a pretty effective D-pairing once they got through the first-period doldrums, and Ference was active in the offense end. His play to pinch down and then jump into the battle in front earned him a goal when Seidenberg’s shot bounced off him and into the net. On a night when the Bruins scored six goals, Ference was one of the best out on the ice for either team.
BLACK EYE: Tyler Seguin had as many giveaways (two) than shots on net (two) in 14:56 of ice time while skating with Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille, and -- like Saturday night’s loss to Montreal -- didn’t have any kind of presence in the offensive zone. It’s difficult to tell if it’s about skating with new players, simply going through a rough stretch or getting down on himself after a couple of tough games, but Seguin doesn’t look at all dynamic, speedy or dangerous at this point. It’s hard to believe this is the same player that had 12 shots on net in a game a couple of weeks ago.
TURNING POINT: The Bruins were outshot 11-2 in the early going by Carolina and couldn’t break through the Hurricanes heavy pressure, but Tuukka Rask held strong while Boston’s players figured it out. Eventually Rask made one big save where he stopped a 2-on-0 break by kicking out a leg pad on a Zac Dalpe shot, and that turned into a Peverley second-effort goal at the other end of the ice. That goal started an avalanche of offense and buried a Hurricanes team looking for the first flight out of Boston.
HONORABLE MENTION: Rich Peverley opened up the scoring for the Bruins with a second-effort goal that included a wraparound after his first shot was deflected by Justin Peters off the high glass. He also assisted on Jordan Caron’s goal in front by shooting a puck at the net that created a scramble for No. 38 to scoop up the puck and backhand it toward the cage. He also won 8-of-13 faceoffs and helped create a line that was dangerous with Shawn Thornton and Caron on either side of him. It would be a huge boon to the Bruins if they could get Peverley confident and really producing in the last 10 games of the season headed into the playoffs.
BY THE NUMBERS: 12 – the stretch of recent games in which the Bruins have had only a single power-play goal. During the 12 games the B’s man advantage is 1-for-23 (4.3 percent success rate) during that stretch.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Obviously we could have been better in our zone. There were too many shots, but we scored six goals. You guys have been whining about that for the last little bit . . . why don’t we focus on the positives?” –Positive thinker and motivational speaker Shawn Thornton, who wants to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.
Game story written by Danny Picard.