BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins found a cure for their offensive woes, taking advantage of shaky Carolina goaltending and cruising to a 5-0 lead and a 6-2 victory over the Hurricanes on Monday night.
With Cam Ward gone due to a knee injury, the 'Canes have been searching for a goaltending answer, with Dan Ellis and Justin Peters the names being used as the team slowly drops out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
On Monday, the Bruins, who came in with eight goals in the last five games and two in the previous two, cashed in on sloppy play by both in hitting a season high for goals and moving back to within a point of the idle Montreal Canadiens for the Northeast Division lead.
Peters started and was gone after two bad goals, and Ellis came on and wasn't much better. The Bruins, playing with three of their four lines altered, had five goals on their first 17 shots.
Six Bruins had multiple-point games, with defenseman Dennis Seidenberg notching a career-high three assists (tying his career best for points), Brad Marchand scoring his 15th and 16th goals of the season, Rich Peverley (No. 5) and Andrew Ference (No. 3) adding a goal and an assist apiece, and newcomer Jaromir Yagr and Gregory Campbell both posting two assists.
Jordan Caron scored his first goal of the season for the Bruins.
The points for Yagr, who has a goal and two assists in three games with his new team and 10 points in his last 10 games overall, gave the future Hall of Famer 105 points in 73 career games against the Hurricanes.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, playing his third straight strong game, stopped 40 shots, 18 of them in the first period.
The Hurricanes thought they had broken Rask's shutout with 10:11 left in the game, but Eric Stahl kicked the puck in, and it was waved off on review. However, 14 seconds later, Patrick Dwyer (No. 7) scored and the shutout was gone. Then, 45 seconds later, Drayson Bowman (No. 3) stuffed one home to make it 5-2.
Nathan Horton (No. 13, five in the last seven games) tipped home a shot-pass from Dougie Hamilton at 16:56 to close the scoring.
The Hurricanes took the game's first seven shots, and the Bruins were being completely outplayed in the first period. Boston was outshot 18-9 in the period but still led 3-0 thanks to Carolina's goaltending.
Peverley broke down the right wing and fired a shot that was repelled by Peters. The puck went behind the net, and Peverley slipped past the defense, got the puck and scored on a wraparound at 3:51 of the opening period.
It was Peverley's first goal in his past 11 games, and it came on the night he was dropped to the fourth line.
Jagr collected his first assist when Campbell got the puck from him and swept it into the crease. Peters left it lying there, and Marchand put it in at 7:58.
After a goalie change, the Bruins made it 3-0. Jagr swept around the net and tried to stuff the puck, which came to Marchand for his second goal of the period, at 17:20.
Just before the opening goal, Rask made a nifty stop on Zac Dalpe in close.
The Bruins made it 4-0 with Seidenberg collecting his third assist and Campbell his second; Seidenberg's wrist shot deflected in off Ference. The goal stood up following a review at 3:57 of the second period.
NOTES: Tyler Seguin's shift to center after the injury to Bruins teammate Patrice Bergeron was short-lived. Center Chris Kelly returned Monday after missing 14 games with a broken leg, and Seguin was back on the wing and moved down to the third line. "I can't say I was shocked it got changed," Seguin said. "We're mixing things up, and I've played the third line before my first year, but not so much last year." ... Bruins coach Claude Julien said there was no update on Bergeron, out with his fourth concussion. ... The Hurricanes have lost seven straight at home, falling to 7-12-0 on home ice. They play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, while the Bruins visit the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. ... Julien on the 'Canes: "They've got talent. They're another team that's been hit by the injury bug."