RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Bruins exploded for three goals in last night's third period to claim a 5-2 win over Carolina at the RBC Center. Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder, and David Krejci scored in the third.
They got a major scare in the third when Patrice Bergeron limped off the ice, dropped by a Mark Stuart slap shot to the right knee. X-rays were negative and Bergeron should be OK.
The Bruins, up by a goal after 20 minutes, doubled their lead at 8:27 of the second. Matt Hunwick started the play by fending off a two-on-one rush by Chad LaRose and Joni Pitkanen. With a quick stick, Hunwick busted up LaRose's chance. The Bruins gained control of the puck in the defensive zone, then Hunwick spotted Johnny Boychuk joining the rush. Hunwick connected with a tape-to-tape pass, Boychuk split the Carolina defense, and the defenseman slipped a puck five-hole on Manny Legace at 8:27 to make it a 2-0 game.
The Hurricanes got on the scoreboard with four seconds remaining on a Blake Wheeler holding call. Tuukka Rask stopped Jamie McBain's point slap shot. But the rebound thudded off Rask's pad to Erik Cole, who tapped the puck into the net at 13:53.
Jussi Jokinen had a last-second bid to tie the game. But an instant before the second period expired, Rask held his ground and stuffed Jokinen's close-range attempt.
The Bruins needed only 23 seconds to score the game's first goal. After some strong work winning puck battles behind the net by Bergeron and Recchi, the 42-year-old sent a pass out to Dennis Seidenberg at the right point. At the same time, Bergeron cut to the front of the net, anticipating a shot on goal by Seidenberg. The defenseman obliged, flipping a wrist shot toward the goal that Bergeron tipped past Legace at 0:23 to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
The Bruins had a five-on-three power play for 1:41 in the first after Jokinen (interference) and Pitkanen (delay of game) were sent to the penalty box. But the Bruins couldn't solve the Carolina penalty kill.
All done in Raleigh. Bruins, 5-2. X-rays negative on Bergeron's knee.
17:18 3d period: Bruins 5-2
Patrice Bergeron to the room. Drilled on the right leg by a Mark Stuart slap shot.
12:27 3d period: Bruins 5-2
David Krejci with the goal from the slot. Help from Miroslav Satan, who forced a Tim Gleason turnover and gave Krejci the puck.
9:48 3d period: Bruins 4-2
After a defensive-zone giveaway by Brian Pothier, Michael Ryder labels a wrister over Manny Legace's glove.
1:53 3d period: Bruins 3-2
With the Bruins trying to clear Tuomo Ruutu and Brandon Sutter from in front of the net, Erik Cole sneaks in and slips the puck past Tuukka Rask. Lazy clear by Rask from behind the net starts the play. Rask must improve his puckhandling.
0:45 3d period: Bruins 3-1
Tuukka Rask slams the door on Jussi Jokinen. At the other end, after David Krejci clears the puck, Mark Recchi steps out of the box and wrists a shot past Manny Legace. Two-goal swing.
20:00 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Tuukka Rask with the last-second stop on Jussi Jokinen to keep the one-goal lead alive.
19:10 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Steve Begin in discomfort on the bench. Don DelNegro is looking at Begin's left hand.
18:36 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Holding on Mark Recchi wipes out the power play.
17:32 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Too many men on Carolina.
15:46 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Patrice Bergeron sent off for slashing.
13:53 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Tuukka Rask stops Jamie McBain's point slapper. But Erik Cole, stationed to Rask's right, pops home the rebound.
12:25 2d period: Bruins 2-0
Tuukka Rask stones Joni Pitkanen, then stuffs Ray Whitney on the rbound. Post-whistle fireworks between Mark Stuart and Eric Staal. Both off for roughing.
11:57 2d period: Bruins 2-0
Holding on Blake Wheeler.
8:27 2d period: Bruins 2-0
Johnny Boychuk joins the rush, takes a pass from Matt Hunwick, and beats Manny Legace. Excellent work by Hunwick to bust up a Chad LaRose odd-man rush.
6:02 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Good shift for Vladimir Sobotka. With Mark Stuart pinching, Sobotka backtracks to take the defenseman's spot. Then gains control and sets up a scoring chance.
3:48 2d period: Bruins 1-0
All Hurricanes so far in the second. Bruins can't break out cleanly. Lots of fresh ice in the Carolina zone.
20:00 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Eighteen shots for the Bruins through one period, but only one goal. Marc Savard dearly missed on the power play.
14:20 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Eric Staal off for interference.
11:45 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Delay of game on Joni Pitkanen. Two-man advantage for 1:41.
11:26 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Interference on Jussi Jokinen.
6:09 1st period: Bruins 1-0
David Krejci's follow-up of a Dennis Seidenberg shot goes wide left.
5:13 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Puck gets behind Tuukka Rask, but Dennis Wideman sweeps it claer.
3:49 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Blake Wheeler off for high-sticking.
0:23 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Dennis Seidenberg flips a wrister on goal from the right point. Tipped by Patrice Bergeron past Manny Legace. Good work by Mark Recchi to gain control behind the net.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Shawn Thornton is the healthy scratch.