The Carolina Hurricanes were in Beantown for round 4 of the Canes vs. Bruins “rivalry”. Carolina played 60 minutes of hockey with “no passengers.” It is a game like tonight that still makes me feel a sense of hope for our team. We swept the defending Stanley Cup champions! Cam Ward was on point, earning his 3rd shutout of the season and his 19th of his career.
Boston came out hungry, threw their bodies around, and had great scoring chances in the 1st period. Carolina played calm and composed and it paid off in the 1st period The Canes would strike first at the 11:51 mark of the first off of a great forecheck. Jiri Tlusty was able to get a pass across the crease to Eric Staal who finished off the goal. Jaroslav Spacek would pick up up the secondary assist on the goal. The Canes would take a 1-0 lead into the 2nd period.
The 2nd period would be gracious for the Canes as well. After trailing on shots 22-8, the Canes would rebound to hold Boston to just 5 shots in the 2nd period while they were able to rack up 14. The intensity definitely picked up also. After 2 periods Carolina would tally 19 hits on Boston, while Boston would charge 24 of them into the Canes. The Canes would strike again when Tuomo Ruutu would score his 16th goal of the season on a beauty backhand that found its way past Rask. Brandon Sutter would be credited for the primary assist, while Anthony Stewart was given the secondary. Cam Ward was “Camtastic” in net, holding the Bruins scoreless through 2 periods of hockey.
Sutter would not be satisfied with just an assist. Just 3 minutes into the 3rd period, Brandon Sutter received a drop pass from Andreas Nodl after Boston turned it over in their own zone. Sutter would skate in and wrist a shot that would tale the water bottle, and Boston pride with it. My number 1 star for this game has to be Cam Ward. What a phenomenal game he played. After a disappointing game against the Islanders, Cam rebounded big time for this game. Final score: Carolina 3, Boston 0.
- Cam Ward stopped 47/47 shots.
- Carolina had 31 shots on net.
- Canes were scoreless on 4 power play opportunities.
- We swept regular season series with Boston!
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