The Bruins take a convincing 3-0 lead — and a Johnny Boychuk minor penalty — into the locker room after the first 20 minutes against the Hurricanes at the TD Garden.
- Mark Stuart scored the first goal of the game — and his first of the year — in his return to the lineup after being sidelined for the past 18 contests with a dislocated finger, with a slapper from the blueline that hit the back of the net high past Cam Ward. Nathan Horton (16) picked up the primary assist.
- Captain Zdeno Chara (8,9) posted the next two: the first a two-on-one with Mark Recchi. Chara, fresh out of the box, took an Adam McQuaid pass off the boards through the neutral zone and zipped it past Cam Ward. the second: a one-time bomb on a 5-on-3 power play from David Krejci (22) and Patrice bergeron (21).
- McQuaid’s two assists (6,7) earned himself his first NHL career multi-point game.
- Carolina’s netminder Cam Ward was yanked in lieu of Justin Peters after allowing two goals in the first 11:28 of the game on five Bruins’ shots.
- Tim Thomas was tested early and made some key saves. He stopped all 12 shots he faced thus far through the first 20 minutes.
- Boston went 1-for-2 on the power play in the first (4 goals in their last 19 opportunities), and successfully killed off both times shorthanded (killed 16 of their last 19).
- The B’s outshot the ‘Canes in the first, 15-12
- Chara and Johnny Boychuk each have a team-high three SOG each
- Marc Savard is 4-of-5 (80%) on the face-off dot through the first
- McQuaid and Steven Kampfer each have two of the team’s seven blocked shots