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Hurricanes out for vengeance against blazing Bruins
Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins
- These teams are meeting for the first time since the Bruins' four-game sweep of Carolina during last season's Eastern Conference finals. Including that series, Boston has won six straight at home against the Hurricanes and has earned at least one point in 21-of-22 matchups (16-1-5) since 2013-14.
- The Bruins will be aiming for their first eight-game winning streak since a 12-game run in March 2014 and moved to 11-0-4 at home with Sunday's 3-1 victory over Montreal. The 15-game point streak is the second-longest in franchise history at home to begin a season (21, 1973-74), and the longest by any team to start a season since the Ducks went 20-0-2 at home to open the 2013-14 campaign.
- Carolina scored three unanswered goals in the first period en route to Saturday's 3-2 win at Tampa Bay that stopped a two-game losing streak. The Hurricanes' 9-0-1 record when leading after one period is tied with Colorado for the best in the NHL, and their 12-2-0 mark when scoring first trails only the Blues (12-0-4) for the top winning percentage in the league.
- David Pastrnak scored his league-leading 25th goal in Boston's win over Montreal. Pastrnak is the first player since Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr in 1995-96 to reach 25 goals in a season in 27 team games or fewer, and the first since Mario Lemieux in 1992-93 with 25 or more goals by December 1.
- Sebastian Aho's 10 goals in November were the most by any member of the Hurricanes franchise for that month since Geoff Sanderson's 10 for the Whalers in 1996-97. Aho's eight goals in his last seven regular-season meetings with the Bruins are the most by any Boston opponent in a seven-game span since Buffalo's Drew Stafford had eight from 2010-12.
- Boston's Brad Marchand and Carolina's Dougie Hamilton are two of three players, along with Ottawa's Jean-Gabriel Pageau, with at least 10 goals and a plus-minus of +15 or better this season. Hamilton, who spent his first three seasons with the Bruins, has 70 goals since being traded by Boston prior to the 2015-16 season, second-most among defensemen over that period (Brent Burns, 89).
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The Carolina Hurricanes, eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by Boston last season, have been eager to get a shot at revenge against the Bruins.
Too bad the timing isn't on their side.
The Bruins are firing on all cylinders, riding a seven-game winning streak and 11-game points streak (8-0-3) into their matchup against the visiting Hurricanes on Tuesday night. The contest will be the first between the clubs since Boston swept Carolina in four games during the Eastern Conference finals just seven months ago.
Those losses ended Carolina's first postseason appearance since 2009. The Hurricanes are off to another strong start this season and have won seven of their last 10 games.
Carolina snapped a two-game skid its last time out, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road 3-2 Saturday. The Hurricanes scored three first-period goals before James Reimer held steady in net the rest of the way, finishing with 36 saves.
"I think it's super important to get rewarded for a good period," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said after the game. "Obviously, the goalie made the difference here tonight, but everyone contributed."
Reimer has won three straight starts, although he's still the backup to Petr Mrazek (11-6-1, 2.68 goals-against average). During the playoffs against the Bruins last season, the Hurricanes benched Mrazek after he allowed 10 goals in the first two games of the series.
The Bruins' offense has been that potent again this season, with the team's 99 goals entering Monday second in the league behind the Washington Capitals. Boston's defense is also second in the league in fewest goals allowed (61) behind only the New York Islanders.
Both aspects have been on display during the Bruins' recent streak, with Boston outscoring opponents 29-12 in its last seven. Much of that damage has come late, as was the case Sunday when the Bruins scored three goals in the third period to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1.
The first of those goals came from David Pastrnak, who extended his league lead to 25 in just 27 games.
"He's playing a video game out there. I don't know what's wrong with that guy. It's so impressive to see that," said teammate David Backes. "He's down the wing, full speed, putting it where he wants to, winding up and off the post. I don't have words."
Backes scored the game-winning goal Sunday in his return after missing 13 games with a concussion. The marker came on the power play, his first of the season.
"We didn't know what he'd have, to be honest with you," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "He hadn't played in a while. I thought he gave us some good energy, had a couple looks, was banging bodies."
Despite their hot stretch, the Bruins have played without top-line center Patrice Bergeron, who has missed six of their last eight games with a lower-body injury. Bergeron skated before practice Sunday.
Defenseman John Moore was recalled from his conditioning stint with American Hockey League affiliate Providence on Monday and could make his season debut Tuesday.
The Hurricanes could be without rookie forward Martin Necas, who missed Saturday's game with a lower-body injury.
--Field Level Media
Updated December 3, 2019