Bruins Jump Out To 5-0 Lead, Beat Canes For 25th Win

New linemates Gregory Campbell and Brad Marchand celebrate Marchand's first goal of the game in the first period.

New linemates Gregory Campbell and Brad Marchand celebrate Marchand’s first goal of the game in the first period.

Looking at the box score, it would appear that the Bruins dominated the Carolina Hurricanes, but the 5-2 victory was a lot more hard-earned than it appeared. If it weren’t for the stellar early play of Tuukka Rask, the team’s two early goals in the first period may have merely tied the game up, but the Bruins’ goaltender was very strong again and Boston picked up its 25th win of the season.

They got goals from five different players, including two and the game-winner in the first from Brad Marchand. For much of the game, it appeared that Rich Peverley‘s first goal in 11 games would be all that Rask needed, but two late goals from the Canes made things a bit closer in the third. Taking advantage of the inferior Hurricanes, as well they should have, the B’s put up a season-high in goals and, more importantly, were ultimately able to get back on the winning track.

The Bruins scored three times in the first with Marchand using the eighth two-goal game of his career to give them the game-winner. He took a long clearing pass from Dennis Seidenberg after the German tank won the puck away from his man in the defensive end and stayed on balance before finding Jaromir Jagr trailing him.

Jagr took the puck around the net and attempted the word of the night – a wrap-around – but was stuffed. The puck came right to Marchand in front and he shoveled the backhand in to give the Bruins the 3-0 lead. Seidenberg and Jagr got the assists as No. 44 took advantage of three Canes getting caught up ice and Joe Corvo letting Marchand sneak behind him (I know, shocker).

“We needed that offesnvie outburst [tonight],” said Claude Julien after the game. “That was good to see. The scoring was spread out. I thought for the most part everyone contributed…offensively it was a good night for us,” he added.

Rask was on top of his game, making 40 saves on 42 shots, but did allow a couple of soft goals late in the game. As was readily obvious, it was a good thing he was on top of his game early. He made a couple of amazing saves early on, including a sprawling right-to-left pad stop from point blank range when Carolina was bringing some pressure to start the game. His 18 first-period saves limited the momentum of the Hurricanes and sparked the Bruins to the offensive outburst.

“He was really good for us tonight and we needed him to correct a lot of our mistakes,” said Julien on his goaltender. Rask improved to 17-6-4 with the win.

The B’s certainly responded to their new lines and Tyler Seguin, in particular, looked much more comfortable back on the right wing. Marchand looked to love playing with Jagr and Gregory Campbell seemed to enjoy the promotion to the second line.

“It’s a lot of fun playing with him,” said Marchand of Jagr. “You can see why he’s had such a good career.”

Two second-period goals were scored by Andrew Ference and Jordan Caron as No. 38 finally got his name in the goal column with his first in over a year. Ference deflected a pass from Seidenberg in off his backside to give the team a 4-0 lead and Caron swept in a rebound opportunity with Carolina’s relief goalie, Dan Ellis, down on the ice after he replaced Justin Peters, who allowed two goals in the first eight minutes. The 5-0 lead was the first five-goal advantage for the Bruins this year.

“I think that was the first one off my butt,” Ference joked between periods. For Seidenberg, it was his first three-point game as a Bruin and his first since April 7, 2009. It was also the first three-assist night of his NHL career.

Nathan Horton added his 13th of the season to make it 6-2 after Carolina had gotten a pair and had another one waved off. David Krejci made a nice play to keep the puck in the zone and Dougie Hamilton made a perfect slap pass to Horton in front for the tip-in.

Tuukka Rask makes one of his 40 saves in the third period.

Tuukka Rask makes one of his 40 saves during the third period.

“It feels good to get on the scoreboard for sure [and] it’s a pleasure to play with those two guys,” said Campbell. “I think that we were pretty good as a whole offensively.” He added that Rask definitely kept the team in it.

Eleven different Bruins picked up at least one point in this one and six had multi-point nights as the team did what it needed to do against the lowly Hurricanes. Not only did they establish an early lead, they did not allow Carolina back in the game as they have been doing throughout the season. They improved to 14-2-2 at home and the Canes fell to 1-11-1 in their last 13 games. Boston also improved to 9-1-1 this season against the Southeast Division and climbed back to within one point of Montreal for the division lead.

The three stars of the game were Rask, Marchand and Seidenberg.

The Bruins will travel to New Jersey Wednesday for a rematch with the Devils before returning home to take on the Islanders Thursday.

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