In Boston, the Bruins stunned the Carolina Hurricanes 2 - 0 late in the third period. This win makes it eight in a row for Boston. This is the first encounter with the Hurricanes this season, the last time the Bruins met the Hurricanes was back last year at the Eastern Conference Finals sweeping them in 4 straight games. A special moment in NHL history happened this night back on December 3, 1987 when Ray Bourque skated to Phil Esposito wearing #7 and pulled off his jersey to unveil his new jersey with the #77. A sold out crowd in Boston with everyone cheering as Esposito’s number was raised to the rafters in his honor.
The first period went back and forth with the Hurricanes having a slight advantage outshooting the Bruins 10 to 9. First power play opportunity, the Bruins blasted shots left and right at James Reimer but he would stand tall and proved he could not be outdone ending the period scoreless. It was a defensive battle until halfway in the second period when all of a sudden the Bruins came alive and were the more aggressive competitor. A huge plus to Jaroslav Halak who played like a brick wall. A rare moment came late in the second period when defenseman, Jacob Slavin looked as he scored a backhand goal into the Bruins net, an irate J. Halak skated straight to the referee to challenge the goal. After review, the replay clearly shows the puck going through a hole in the side of the netting which resulted in no goal.
Both teams continued to play hard when Charlie Coyle scored his 6th goal with only 4:05 remaining in the third period assisted by Brad Marchand and Danton Heinen to bring the Bruins up 1 - 0. David Krejci sealed the deal scoring his 200th career goal assisted by Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak. Charlie McAvoy’s shot from the point as he saw David Krejci positioned perfectly in front of James Reimer to score and secure another 2 points in the win column. This was J. Halak’s 500th career win, 49th career shutout and 2nd shutout this season. Could the Bruins roll on to match their 12 game winning streak like they did back in March of 2014 when they went on to win the Presidents Trophy? A worthy mention to Hurricanes, Jordan Staal for winning 12 faceoffs in this game alone, they edged the Bruins with faceoff wins 28 to 25. James Reimer faced a total of 32 shots, this was his third loss in four games despite playing well for most of the 60 minutes. The Bruins chalked up another win without Patrice Bergeron in the line up missing 6 games straight with a lower body injury.