NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Boston
(Saturday, October 3rd)
Final Score: Boston 7, Carolina 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Marc Savard registered a goal and two assists, as the Boston Bruins pummeled the Carolina Hurricanes, 7-2, in a rematch from last season's playoffs.
The clubs faced off in the second round, with the surprising Hurricanes capturing three of the first four contests over the Bruins. Boston, however, battled back to force a decisive seventh game, but Carolina's Scott Walker, who drew the ire of many following a sucker punch earlier in the series that came with no disciplinary action, scored the overtime winner to eliminate the Eastern Conference's top seed.
Michael Ryder, Blake Wheeler, Marco Sturm, Dennis Wideman, Matt Hunwick and Shawn Thornton also scored for the Bruins, who lost Thursday's season opener at home to Washington. Tim Thomas turned aside 25 of the 27 shots he faced.
"It rewards everybody for their effort. It was well spread out. We all showed up and played hard," said Boston head coach Claude Julien.
Walker and Eric Staal lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who were shut out at home by Philadelphia on Friday to begin the 2009-10 campaign. Cam Ward was lifted after yielding four goals on 28 shots. Michael Leighton allowed three goals on 14 shots the rest of the way.
"We were bad in pretty much every area we could be," said Carolina head coach Paul Maurice.
The Bruins built a three-goal lead in the first stanza.
Savard opened the scoring for Boston on the power play, potting a rebound behind Ward at 4:06.
The Bruins capitalized on another opportunity with the man advantage. Zdeno Chara fired a wrister from the left point and Ryder was on the doorstep to deposit the rebound with 7:22 remaining.
Twenty-six seconds later, Wheeler crashed the net and slipped a backhander past Ward.
Sturm cradled Savard's pass from behind the enemy cage and snapped a shot along the ice that beat Ward to the left side of the net at the 9:23 mark of the second period. With the Bruins up 4-0, Leighton was called on to spell Carolina's beleaguered starter.
Wideman's one-time blast two minutes later on the power play gave Boston a commanding 5-0 lead.
Walker put the Hurricanes on the board at 15:21 by redirecting Aaron Ward's point shot, but Thornton answered for Boston with 1:37 to play in the middle frame.
Staal, who needed 25 stitches to repair a cut after he was struck in the face by a puck, scored on the power play at 2:41 of the third. Hunwick's tally at 8:29 while the B's were up a man capped the scoring.
Derek Morris and Steve Begin collected two assists apiece for the Bruins, who finished 4-for-8 on the power play...Boston outshot the Hurricanes, 21-7, in the first period...Carolina right winger Erik Cole appeared in his 500th career game.
10/03 22:45:04 ET