BY DAN LIBON
BOSTON, MA – It seemed rather difficult for Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart to sit on the bench for 18 games and then score the first goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at the T.D. Garden.
Stuart scored the Bruins first goal in what would turn out to be a lopsided win for Boston, as they skated to a 7-0 victory and earned a much needed win.
“It [kind of] helped me relax [after I scored the first goal],” said Stuart.
Stuart’s goal catapulted the defense to score a few more points during the first period, especially captain Zdeno Chara, who scored his first of three goals after creating a turnover in the neutral zone towards during a Hurricanes power play. The Bruins ended the first 20 minutes with three goals and two assists.
In the second period, Boston continued to control the puck and made sure to deny the Carolina offense any goal scoring opportunity. The Bruins defense denied multiple goal scoring chances on net too, which provided an important boost for the offense.
The Bruins continued to take advantage of second and third attempts on net and toward the end of the second period they added two more goals from Gregory Cambell and Patrice Bergeron, which made the score, 5-0. The Hurricanes showed some signs of aggressive play after the score increased, but it made one wonder, why weren’t they more aggressive earlier?
In the third period, the Bruins once again capitalized on multiple opportunities given to them by the Hurricanes, as Chara would get record his first career hat trick and securing the win for Boston.
After the game, head coach Claude Julien seemed rather content with the victory, but also discussed their game on Tuesday against the Hurricanes, in which he stated, “We gotta be weary of them coming back [tomorrow]. We gotta be well prepared like we were tonight…your going to have an opponent that is a lot more determined and a lot better than they were [today].”
Quick reactions from the Bruins-Hurricanes Monday game:
*13 Bruins put up points in today’s game. Four players had multi-point games.
*The defense accounted for 8 points, 4 of them being goals. When asked about this
Zdeno Chara has become the 4th Bruin defenseman to score a hat trick. The other 3 were Ray Bourque, Bobby Orr, and Glenn Wesley
* Milan Lucic expressed that he was unhappy to see the Patriots lose to the Jets and stated that this win hopefully took their mind off it. “I hope so. I mean I was even a little upset after the game, but you know you got to hand it off to the Jets they played great and you know hopefully we can keep this roll going and keep winning and give them something to keep cheering about.”