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11/19/2013
NHL: B's Get Back on Winning Track
AP PHOTOTuukka Rask blocks the shot of Carolina’s Patrick Dwyer during the second period of Monday’s game in Raleigh. The Bruins won 4-1.
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Tuukka Rask blocks the shot of Carolina’s Patrick Dwyer during the second period of Monday’s game in Raleigh. The Bruins won 4-1.


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg had a goal and an assist each in the first period, and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Monday night.

Johnny Boychuk scored midway through the third period, and Milan Lucic added an empty-net goal for Boston, which has 11 points in its last seven games (5-1-1).

Tuomo Ruutu scored his first goal of the season with 4.8 seconds left in the opening period.

Boston killed four Carolina power plays, including 63 seconds when the Bruins were down two skaters. They haven't allowed a power-play goal in 32 short-handed situations since giving up goals on five consecutive power plays in October.

Carolina has scored only one goal in its last 21 power plays.

The Hurricanes played their first game since Oct. 24 with Cam Ward in net. Ward, who missed 10 games because of a leg injury, made 27 saves. He rebounded from a rough start in which he gave up two goals on Boston's first four shots.

Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots for Boston.




Smith gave Boston an early lead with a power-play goal 2:31 into the game. Loui Eriksson passed to Soderberg, who found Smith in front for a one-timer that got past Ward for his third goal.

Soderberg redirected a shot by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to put Boston ahead 2-0 midway through the first period.

Since the 2010-11 season, the Bruins are 100-6-6 in games in which they have a two-goal lead.

The Hurricanes netted their only goal when a pass from Eric Staal went off the skate of Boston's Patrice Bergeron and caromed to Ruutu, who nudged the puck past Rask.

NOTES: With Ward activated from the injured list, the Hurricanes reassigned goalie Mike Murphy to Charlotte (AHL). . Ward is 12-12-2 against Boston in 26 games. . Carolina center Jordan Staal played in his 500th NHL game. . Boston's Loui Eriksson extended his point streak to six games with an assist on Smith's goal.

BLACKHAWKS: The league champs announced Monday they will sell limited-edition vials of melted ice from their 2013 Stanley Cup season, with proceeds going to charity.

Each vial of melted ice from the United Center will cost $99, and will include an etched number of 1 through 2,013 and a certificate of authenticity. The vials are available on the Blackhawks' website.

The Blackhawks last season won their second Stanley Cup since 2010 in six games over the Bruins. They set an NHL record for the best start to a season by recording points in their first 24 games.







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