When your offense is struggling to find the back of the net, the Boston Bruins are probably not the team you look forward to playing. Especially when they are coming off a loss to Ottawa where they gave up four unanswered goals. The Hurricanes knew the Bruins were going to try and get out to an early lead and they were unable to do anything about it and fell 4-1.
Reilly Smith scored the opening goal on a power play early in the first and later in the period Carl Soderberg re-directed a point shot by Dennis Seidenberg. Carolina was able to answer with Tuomo Ruutu’s first goal of the year with only seconds left in the first. The momentum building goal kept the ‘Canes around and the teams skated into the second intermission still at 2-1 in favor of the Bruins.
The back-breaker came in the third for Carolina. When Cam Ward came out of his goal to play a puck on a hard charging Jarome Iginla bodies piled up and Ward got knocked down and lost his stick. David Krejci found Johnny Boychuk and he did not miss his wrister on a wide open net. Ward threw his hands up looking to the referee, hoping for an interference call that was not given. Down two, with a minute left Carolina pulled Ward for the extra skater. Jarome Iginla stole a pass from Eric Staal and found Milan Lucic who deposited their fourth goal in the empty net.
Jordan Staal skated in his 500th career NHL game tonight.
Three Boston players had a multi-point night. Milan Lucic (1g-1a) was his 3rd of the year and Reilly Smith (1g-1a) and Carl Soderberg (1g-1a) each notched their second of the year.
Carolina fell to 72-96-18 all-time against Boston, including 39-43-11 at home.