Soderberg, Smith lead Bruins to victory
Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith each collected a goal and an assist and Tuukka Rask turned aside 23 shots as the Boston Bruins defeated Carolina Monday, 4-1.
Boston posted its fifth win in six contests.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored for the first time in 62 contests for the Bruins, who snapped a three-game road losing skid. Milan Lucic added an empty-net tally and an assist while Loui Eriksson set up a goal to extend his point streak to six games.
Cam Ward finished with 26 saves after being activated from injured reserve following a 10-game absence with an unspecified lower-body ailment. Tuomo Ruutu scored with five seconds remaining in the first period for the Hurricanes, who suffered their second straight loss.
Soderberg set up Boston's first goal at 2:31 of the first period after feeding Smith in the slot with a short diagonal pass from along the goal line. The Swede doubled the advantage nearly eight minutes later after winning an offensive zone faceoff before skating toward the net to deflect defenseman Dennis Seidenberg's wrist shot from the point.
Ruutu trimmed the deficit late in the first period after captain Eric Staal's centering feed caromed off the Finn's stick before skidding inside the left post. Rask didn't let his countryman — or any other Hurricane — beat him again and Boychuk provided insurance midway into the third by scoring from the outer edge of the right circle for his first goal since Jan. 19.
NHL ‘Three Stars’ named
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens, Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin and Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week.
Scrivens went 3-0-1 with a 0.66 goals-against average, .977 save percentage and two shutouts.
Seguin, traded from Boston to Dallas in the offeseason, led all players with five goals and tied for first with seven points in leading the Stars to three straight victories. He scored the insurance marker in a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday. Seguin then scored a career-high four goals, including the game-winner, and five points in a 7-3 triumph over the Calgary Flames Thursday. Seguin capped the week with an assist in a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Sunday.Harding had a 3-0-0 record with a 1.38 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.