It didn’t take long for the Boston Bruins to take control of Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden.
The Bruins scored five goals in the first 15 minutes, led by Patrice Bergeron’s two goals and one assist. Bergeron added two more goals in the second period, making him the first Bruins player to score four times in a single game since 1999.
Boston cruised to a 7-1 win as a result.
Bruins backup goalie Anton Khudobin was solid as well. He made 27 saves on 28 shots for his ninth victory of the season.
The B’s improve to 23-10-6 with the win, while the Hurricanes drop to 19-14-8.
Here’s how it all went down.
The Bruins took an early 1-0 lead thanks to the remarkable penalty killing of Bergeron. With the ‘Canes on the power play, the veteran center scored a shorthanded goal on a wrist shot from inside the faceoff circle.
Riley Nash doubled Boston’s lead to 2-0 with his fifth goal of the season. David Backes and Kevan Miller assisted on the goal.
The tally resulted in Carolina coach Bill Peters pulling Ward from the net and inserting Scott Darling. Ward gave up two goals on two shots in 5:43 of ice time. He should’ve saved both attempts.
The Hurricanes got on the board with a power-play goal by Jordan Staal to make it 2-1 Bruins, but it took just 115 seconds for the Original Six club to get back its two-goal advantage.
B’s winger David Pastrnak ended his 10-game goalless drought with a power-play tally. Bergeron made the pass, giving him a goal and an assist in the first period. Danton Heinen also picked up a helper on Pastrnak’s goal.
POURING IT ON
The Bruins ended a dominant first period with a 5-1 edge after goals from Ryan Spooner and Bergeron. Bergeron’s second goal of the frame gave him three points in the first 14:43. His second goal also was the 700th point of his NHL career.
Here’s a cool stat that explains Boston’s scoring prowess in the first period.
HAT TRICK AND MORE
Bergeron wasn’t done scoring. He added two more goals in the second period, completing his second career hat trick and making him Boston’s first four-goal scorer since Dave Andreychuk on Oct. 28, 1999.
The teams went scoreless in the third period. The B’s outshot the Hurricanes 30-28 and earned a 36-22 advantage in the faceoff circle.
The Bruins take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
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