The Boston Bruins had been looking to liven up their offense and, in this game against the bottom-dwelling Carolina Hurricanes, they did just that. Five different Bruins scored and Jordan Caron nabbed his first of the season en route to a 6-2 win.
Though they put up a big win based on just goals alone, this game was not without its flaws. Worryingly, the Bruins gave up more than 40 shots on goal for the third out of four most recent games, allowing 42 from a desperate Hurricanes squad. Sure, they answered with 36 shots of their own and a full 17 percent of those (well, 16.6 repeating) found the back of the net, but of those 40 shots were some extremely good chances by Carolina. Tuukka Rask was strong and kept the vast majority of them out–it’s a shame the team in front of him couldn’t help clear out those two Hurricanes goals and thus give him what would’ve been the most richly deserved shutout of this season so far.
Brad Marchand also came very close to scoring another hat trick, potting two first-period goals to get him on the doorstep. His first goal, coming about four minutes after Rich Peverley opened the scoring, chased Justin Peters from the ‘canes net in exchange for Dan Ellis. He also got assists from Jaromir Jagr on both of his tallies. This offensive explosion came not long after the Hurricanes were the ones to have a better start of it than the home team.
Two infrequent scorers were the ones to extend Boston’s lead to five in the second period: Andrew Ference and Caron. However, not long after Eric Staal had a goal waved off due to having kicked it in, the Hurricanes scored a legitimate goal and started trying to stage their epic comeback. They would fall quite a bit short, of course, but they did knock the Boston lead down to 5-2. Nathan Horton later returned it to a four-goal lead, where the score would remain.
So yes, the Bruins won and moved up two points–they’re now one behind the idle Montreal Canadiens for the Northeast Division lead–but this game was not as flawless as it could’ve been. What if Rask got the shutout? Or Marchand the hat trick? Or both? What if they hadn’t allowed so many shots? Rask is great when he faces at least 40 shots in a game, however. He’s actually 5-0-0. But what if his teammates made his job a little easier?
Maybe Boston can adjust that aspect of their game when they go to the irresistible Garden State to face the New Jersey Devils on April 10. Note that this game will be shown exclusively on NBC Sports Network, no doubt as part of their half-baked Rivalry Wednesday feature.