The hub of hockey will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins regular season games of 2010-11, followed by the top ten playoff games of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Today we take a look at No. 7: January 17, 2011. Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins
Behind Zdeno Chara’s first career NHL hat trick and 31 saves from Tim Thomas, the Bruins shutout the Hurricanes 7-0.
Chara scored twice for the Bruins in the opening frame, after defensemen Mark Stuart who was playing in his first game since suffering a broken finger scored to open things up for the Bruins.
Gregory Campbell and Patrice Bergeron scored 13 seconds apart in the second period as the Bruins extended their three-goal-lead to 5-0.
With the Bruins already up 6-0 midway through the third, Chara would finish off the hat trick. On the power play after a Jussi Jokinen roughing penalty, Chara found himself all alone at the blue-line. Chara slammed his stick on the ice calling for the pass. David Krejci would find the 6’9’’ monster, as Chara walked in, pump faked, walked in some more and sent a bullet over the glove of Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters.
Thomas’ shutout was his seventh of the season, and marked the eighth Bruins win in their last 13 games. The loss by the Hurricanes was just their second regulation loss in their past 11 games.
Bruins Goal Scorers: Stuart, Chara-3, Campbell, Bergeron, Ryder
Hurricanes Goal Scorers: None
Chara joined Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, and Glen Wesley as the only Bruins defensemen to record hat tricks.
Bruins defensemen Adam McQuaid had his first career multiple point game with two assists.
This game was No. 1,616 of Mark Recchi’s career, which moved him into seventh place all-time for most NHL games played.