NHL Game Summary - Boston at Carolina
(Sunday, January 24th)
Final Score: Carolina 5, Boston 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Carolina's Cam Ward stopped 27-of-28 shots and became the winningest goaltender in franchise history, as the Hurricanes used a balanced attack to dominate the Boston Bruins, 5-1, at RBC Center.
Ward posted his 131st victory to pass Arturs Irbe on the team's all-time win list.
"He is our Staal on the back end. He is a critical piece. The penalty kill really revolved around him in a lot of ways. It's good that he's a franchise leader at such a young age," Carolina head coach Paul Maurice said of Ward.
Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, who snapped a six-game skid versus the Bruins. Ray Whitney and Brandon Sutter each had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which got one goal apiece from Chad Larose and Eric Staal.
David Krejci scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who have dropped five in a row for the first time since a six-game slide from December 18-29, 2007. Tim Thomas turned aside 11-of-15 shots before being pulled just past the midway point of the second for Tuukka Rask, who stopped 4-of-5 shots in relief.
Whitney got Carolina's offense going at the 7:50 mark of the first period. He intercepted a pass in front of the Boston net and stuffed in a backhander.
Ward stopped all eight shots that he faced in the first.
The Hurricanes scored a power-play goal at the 4:26 mark of the second to make it a 2-0 contest. Jokinen took a pass from Joni Pitkanen and split a pair of defenders as made his way into the Bruins zone. Jokinen then backhanded a pass for Staal, whose wrister beat Thomas.
Jokinen and Sutter lit the lamp at the 6:29 and 11:02 marks, respectively, to make it a four-goal tilt after 40 minutes of play.
Ward made nine saves in the second.
Larose put Carolina ahead 5-0 with a goal just 15 seconds into the third. Krejci scored Boston's lone goal of the game with a power-play marker with 11:04 left in the game.
"I thought the first eight minutes of this game we played more like we know we can. We were off to a real good start and then one bad turnover in our own end and it's in our net. Right now that's really what is happening is that we are making some real bad mistakes that end up in the bottom of our net. We dig ourselves a hole and we don't seem to be able to fight out of it," Boston head coach Claude Julien said.
Each team went 1-for-4 on the power play...Boston was without forwards Steve Begin, Byron Bitz and Marco Sturm. Begin and Bitz have missed the last four games with undisclosed injuries, while Sturm has sat out the last five tilts with a leg issue.
01/24 20:25:52 ET