Talking Points: Bruins never look back on Canes

Talking Points: Bruins never look back on Canes
November 19, 2013, 12:00 am
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The Bruins beat the Hurricanes, 4-1 Monday night in Carolina. Here are the Talking Points from the B's win:

A team-high five shots on net for Carl Soderberg, who big his Big Swede butt in front of the net and created some offense after the B’s third line was one of the culprits in Friday night’s ugly loss to the Ottawa Senators. Soderberg made the setup pass to a cutting Reilly Smith on Boston’s power play goal, and then camped his big body in front of the net to redirect a Dennis Seidenberg shot in the first period. That’s 11 shots on net over the last two games for Soderberg, who seems to be playing with a higher motor than he was a couple of weeks ago. That’s a very good thing for the Black and Gold as he’ll get his share of goals playing around the net.

BLACK EYE: One shot on net in 19:56 of ice time for Eric Staal, and plenty of lost battles while putting together a minus-2 that has him at a minus-12 on the season in a tough year for the Hurricanes. Staal has long been the franchise guy carrying this Carolina franchise, but he’s really having a tough time maintaining that high level of performance as a 29-year-old that might be slowing down just a little bit. It’s that much more difficult for Staal, to be sure, when both Jeff Skinner and Alex Semin are out of the lineup and the focus is solely on him.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins had a blah second period after giving up a goal in the final five seconds of the first period, but then regained their energy and momentum with an impressive third line shift at the end of the second period. Reilly Smith, Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg didn’t put the puck in the net at that point, but they regained the momentum to set up a final 20 minutes where they put the Hurricanes away with a couple more goals. All three forwards decided they were going to be a factor in the victory, and did so with a major impact performance.

HONORABLE MENTION: Johnny Boychuk snapped a 62-game goalless stretch during the regular season with an insurance strike in the third period after Tim Gleason had knocked Cam Ward’s stick out of his hands with major traffic all around the net. The Boychuk blast was one of a couple of shots on net in 22 plus minutes of ice time, and three blocked shots for No. 55 in the kind of performance that Boston could use from him on a regular basis.

BY THE NUMBERS: 32 – the number of consecutive penalties killed by the Bruins penalty kill unit dating all the way back to a disastrous game against the New Jersey Devils where they allowed four power play goals. It’s the longest PK stretch for the Black and Gold since 2007 when they killed 28 straight penalties. The work done by Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg on the 5-on-3 in the second period was big boy hockey.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “The third period was about putting the final nail in the coffin.” –Claude Julien to reporters about closing things out in Carolina like they couldn’t Friday night against the Ottawa Senators.