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Bruins remain hot with win over Hurricanes

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tuukka Rask posted 23 saves to help the Boston Bruins take a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg each had a goal and an assist in the first period, while Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic scored a goal in the third for the Bruins, who have won five of their last six.

"I really liked our energy in the third period," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "We hadn't done that in a long time and I really liked the effort they showed out there."

Tuomo Ruutu scored the lone goal of the game for the Hurricanes, who have dropped their past two. Cam Ward gave up three goals on 29 shots in his return from a lower-body injury.

"I know I have to get my game back to where it needs to be," said Ward, who had been out since Oct. 24. "I'd rather look at the positives tonight than the negatives. I hate losing, but I felt a lot better in the second and third period."

Boston opened the scoring just 2:31 in after a penalty to Jiri Tlusty gave the Bruins an early power play. Soderberg had the puck at the low right side and threw a pass out front, where Smith was able to redirect it in with a defender on his back.

It was a 2-0 game less than eight minutes later, as a left circle faceoff win saw Dennis Seidenberg throw a shot on net from the point that Soderberg deflected past Ward for his second of the year.

Carolina got a late first-period goal to make it a 2-1 game. Eric Staal took a pass at the left circle and sent it over to the slot for Ruutu, who didn't get a solid shot off, but it was enough to trickle past Rask with just 4.8 seconds left.

Ward kept it a one-goal game in the second period by turning aside 11 shots, while Rask preserved the lead thanks to making six saves.

The Bruins got some insurance with 9:31 to play, as a collision in front of the net saw Ward knocked out of position and Boychuk blast a shot in from the right boards.

Lucic's empty-net goal in the final seconds provided the final margin.

Game Notes

Boston plays in New York against the Rangers on Tuesday ... Carolina hits the road for games in Detroit on Thursday and Boston on Saturday ... Boston took two of three from Carolina last season after losing all four games to the Hurricanes the season prior ... Boston was 1-for-2 on the power play, while Carolina went 0-for-4.

11/19 01:14:49 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
1st OT
CHA 84
CHI 81
 
12th
DUR 5
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
9th
PHI 0
ATL 1
 
7th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
7th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
8th
MIA 3
WAS 6
 
5th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
3rd
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
4th
HOU 2
KAN 1
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
1st OT
CHA 84
CHI 81
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
 
3rd
MIL 63
ATL 62
 
3rd
CLE 56
BRK 51
 
Half
MEM 51
DAL 53
 
3rd
OKC 54
DET 56
 
3rd
NOP 56
HOU 50
 
3rd
SAN 61
LAL 66
 
Half
MIA 51
PHI 55
 
3rd
NYK 44
TOR 57
 
3rd
MIN 53
UTA 55
 
3rd
BOS 62
WAS 68
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
3rd
TAM 3
MON 3
 
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
12th
DUR 5
NOR 6