BOSTON – The Boston Bruins felt they were due for an offensive night like this.
Brad Marchand scored two goals, Tuukka Rask stopped 40 shots, and the Bruins posted a season-high in goals with a 6-2 victory over the struggling Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
Rich Peverley, Andrew Ference, Jordan Caron and Nathan Horton each added a goal, and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg established a career-high with three assists for Boston, which moved a point behind Montreal in the Northeast Division.
The Bruins rebounded from a frustrating 2-1 loss to the rival Canadiens with a big offensive night.
As of late we haven’t scored a lot of goals in games, Marchand said. It’s nice to come into our (locker) room after a good offensive game.
It was just the second time in 12 games that Boston has posted more than three goals – and the other came in a 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal at home on March 27.
Every team goes through phases like that, Rask said. It’s nice. It was their time.
Boston won despite giving up 40 or more shots for the third time in four games.
The one thing we wanted was more offense and I think we got that tonight, Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
Now the matter combining both, I didn’t think we were at our best in defensive play.
Patrick Dwyer and Drayson Bowman scored for the Hurricanes, who lost for the 12th time in 13 games, 11 of them coming in regulation.
Carolina has allowed four or more goals in 10 of its last 14 games.
The Hurricanes dominated play in the early minutes, outshooting Boston 7-0.
We were under a lot of pressure handling the puck in our own zone, Seidenberg said.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, RANGERS 3: In Toronto, Phil Kessel scored twice to lead Toronto past New York to open an important home-and-home series between the Eastern Conference rivals.
Toronto (22-13-4) remained fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, moving four points ahead of idle Ottawa with its fifth win in six games.
Derek Stepan pulled New York into a 3-3 tie at 9:00 of the third period, but Kessel put Toronto back ahead 39 seconds later.
The Rangers (19-16-4) remain tied with the idle New York Islanders for seventh in the Eastern Conference with 42 points.
James van Riemsdyk and Ryan O’Byrne also scored for Toronto.
Rick Nash had the other two goals for New York.
Van Riemsdyk had the lone goal of an overly cautious first – Toronto outshot New York 8-7 but the Rangers put two shots off the post.