BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins bounced back from their 2-1 loss at Montreal on Saturday by erupting for a season-high six goals to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2. Brad Marchand scored two goals, Andrew Ference and Rich Peverley had a goal and an assist each, and Jordan Caron and Nathan Horton also scored for Boston. In another brilliant performance, Tuukka Rask made 40 saves for the second time in three games.
While the Bruins erupted for six goals, by no means was this an easy night for Rask. He had to turn away 18 shots in the first period, with many of them quality scoring chances. Rask's game has really picked up again over the past three games as he seems to be in command of the shots and positionally sound again. For those who may have thought there could've been a goalie controversy brewing between him and Anton Khudobin, think again! Rask is the man here, and he's showing why right now.
Bruins finally execute in first period: The Bruins converted their chances in the opening period to give themselves an early cushion. The Hurricanes outshot the Bruins 18-9 in the first period but couldn't score. The Bruins made the best of their chances by scoring three goals with a solid net-front presence and tenacity driving to the net. It had to be a welcome sight for head coach Claude Julien as well as Rask, whose great performance didn't come in vain.
Jagr, Campbell and Marchand click: Julien has been taking some heat for his most recent line changes and decision to put Jaromir Jagr on a line centered by Gregory Campbell. But Campbell made his coach look pretty smart Monday as he assisted on Marchand's first goal and was a strong physical presence in front and in the corners, freeing up space for Jagr and Marchand. He also assisted on Ference's goal. Meanwhile, Marchand and Jagr seem to have a solid chemistry already and are finding each other for scoring chances. Jagr assisted on both of Marchand's goals.
Defense chipping in on offense: One of the main reasons the Bruins were able to put up six goals was because the defense was chipping in offensively. Besides scoring, Ference also assisted on Peverley's goal and was creating offense with much better passes out of the Bruins' zone as well as pinching at the right time. Seidenberg's three helpers were a result of the same things as well as letting his blast from the point go at the right times. Dougie Hamilton also assisted on Horton's third period goal with a nice fake shot pass in front to Horton, who redirected it home.
Peverley's effort and speed pay off: It has been a tough season for Peverley, but on Monday he was doing all the things that helped him to 41 points last season. Peverley was utilizing his speed and had a great forechecking game going. His goal came on a wrap-around rebound of his own shot. He also assisted on Caron's first goal of the season.
Lineup changes as Kelly returns: In addition to having Campbell between Marchand and Jagr, Julien inserted Chris Kelly in between Seguin and Daniel Paille. Kelly had missed the previous 14 games after suffering a broken left tibia. Julien put Caron on the fourth line with Peverley and Shawn Thornton. That meant Kaspars Daugavins and Jay Pandolfo were healthy scratches up front. The defensive pairings remained the same, as Wade Redden was once again a healthy scratch. Here's what the lineup looked like:
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Dennis Seidenberg