Takeaways from the Bruins’ victory over the Hurricanes

Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo and the Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal battled for the puck in the scoreless second period.
Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo and the Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal battled for the puck in the scoreless second period.JIM DAVIS/GLOBE STAFF/Globe Staff

The Eastern Conference finals rematch surely wasn’t as exciting as last season’s Bruins-Hurricanes playoff series, but it brought a similar result.

The Black and Gold, finally revving their engines in the final five minutes of the third period, broke a scoreless tie with two in that span. Charlie Coyle and David Krejci, the top two centers, finished the jobs.

Now winners of eight in a row with points in their last 12 (9-0-3), the Bruins are still unbeaten in regulation at home (12-0-4). Only one Black and Gold edition started the season on a longer run without a regulation loss at home: the 1973-74 club, which went 21 games (19-0-2).


The Bruins (20-3-5), the first NHL club to 20 wins, are on their first eight-game winning streak since a 12-gamer in March 2014.

Jaroslav Halak, appearing in his 500th game, pitched his 49th career shutout, stopping 24 shots.

Coyle gave him breathing room after a slick passing play from linemates Danton Heinen and Brad Marchand. Heinen won a battle at the defensive zone and broke out. Entering the zone, he saw Marchand working a defenseman at the dot. So Heinen went outside with his pass, banking it off the boards to Marchand, who curled a quick pass to Coyle at the front of the net. A redirection by Coyle with 4:55 left opened the floodgates.

Krejci scored his 200th goal with 2:57 left, drawing a standing ovation when the feat was annnounced on the videoboard. He tipped a point shot from Charlie McAvoy, just over a minute after Coyle broke the dam.

Carolina (16-11-1), in the first wild-card spot in the East, had been off since beating the Lightning 3-2 in Tampa on Saturday. The Hurricanes have now lost three of four.

Observations after 40 minutes:

■  After mucking it up in a corner battle as the second period horn sounded, David Pastrnak smacked his stick off the glass. His two-period scoring slump must have been frustrating. Pastrnak, like all Bruins, hadn’t found the net after 40 minutes.


■  Shots were 22-18 Boston, but James Reimer stopped everything, as did Halak.

■  The Bruins went 0 for 2 on power plays in the first period, landing six shots. But they failed to score a first-period goal for the fifth time in six games.

■  They earned the first power play of the night after an extended possession by the Jake DeBrusk-Coyle-Heinen line. DeBrusk drew a net-front trip on ex-Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, with Coyle and Heinen working the walls. They had pucks clanking off another ex-Leaf, Reimer, but nothing on the board after four shots.

■  On that power play, Torey Krug tried the end-zone bomb play, slapping a 135-foot pass off the end boards to Pastrnak, who one-timed the carom from below the hashes. Reimer shut his pads. Their other man-up chance came at 9:14, when Jordan Martinook held Matt Grzelcyk. They put a lone shot on net.

■  DeBrusk, hammered into the boards by defenseman Joel Edmundson, tripped the ex-Blue while on the seat of his pants at 14:47 of the first. The Hurricanes landed two shots on the power play, one of them a Lucas Wallmark one-timer from the right circle that Halak turned aside.

■  The only goal celebration happened with 2:08 left in the second, after a strong sequence by Carolina defenseman Jaccob Slavin. He slid to break up a two-on-one, deflecting DeBrusk’s cross-ice pass attempt to Pastrnak, and took it end to end. He believed he scored with a low, short-side backhander, but the puck went through the side of the net. It was as quick a review as we’ve seen all season.


■  The Hurricanes got the better of the chances overall, and looked like they’d be on the board early in the second. At 1:07, Halak made a shoulder stop on Brock McGinn, who slipped behind coverage at the hashes. Three minutes later, Andrei Svechnikov, leading the Hurricanes in scoring, had a breakaway after McAvoy fumbled a puck at the offensive blue line. Halak deflected his low backhander with his glove. Nino Niederreiter’s slow backhand bid from the slot slipped through Halak’s five-hole, but went off the post and out.

■  One of Boston’s best chances: Marchand’s slapper from the high slot, off a Heinen rush midway through the second. Reimer didn’t know where it was, but it wasn’t in the net.

■  Pastrnak let his frustration get the better of him late in the first. After a battle behind the net, he took a few shoves at Warren Foegele and hauled him down by his jersey collar. Two minutes, roughing, and no Dunkin’ cold brew waiting for him in the box.

■  Bruce Cassidy rebooted his top two lines in the latter half of the first period, shifting Pastrnak to the DeBrusk-Krejci pairing and letting Marchand play with Coyle and Heinen. Coyle put four pucks on net in 5:22 of first-period ice time, and five in the first 40 minutes of play.


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