Carolina Hurricane’s rookie left winger Sebastian Aho keeps adding to his NHL resume with last night’s multi-goal game, including the overtime winner. Aho’s game winning goal came 1:34 into overtime when he received a pass in the high slot from Teuvo Teravainen, cocking back and wristing the puck far post over McIntyre’s blocker. The Finnish product celebrated with a double fist pump as he was swarmed by his teammates who thanked him for securing them two points. Aho is having a solid rookie year with 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points. Hurricane’s head coach, Bill Peters, spoke to the media about Aho after the game, Per ESPN.com.
“He’s a good player and a smart player,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “He’s had a steady progression in his development. Hanging onto pucks, making plays. It would be nice if he became a little more selfish, took it to the net more and looked to be a shooter. But he’s a 19-year-old kid and his progression is right where you expect it. And he’s responsible defensively. He doesn’t have to cheat to generate offense, and he’s got pride away from the puck.”
Carolina also had many other players that contributed in the win, such as Derek Ryan and Jay McClement who each had a goal. The man between the pipes was Cam Ward who racked up 32 saves helping the Canes win two out of three games against the Black and Gold this year, all three settled in overtime. Carolina is now 11-1-1 in their last 13 home games, claiming the Bruins as their most recent victim.
Tim Schaller, Brad Marchand and David Backes each scored for the Bruins, but was not enough to leave with two points. Zane McIntyre, who made his first start since being recalled from Providence, stopped 26 shots in his first career appearance against Carolina. The Bruins continue to struggle on back-to-backs this season, as this loss drops their record to 1-6-1 in second games of back-to-backs this year. The Bruins couldn’t keep their momentum going from their 4-0 win against Florida just the night before. Claude Julien dished out his opinion to the media after the game, Per ESPN.com.
“It was one of those momentum-shift games, and in the third period I thought we came hard and played really well,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “You could tell we wanted to win the game. But when you play back-to-backs you need everybody going, and tonight we didn’t have everybody going.”
The Bruins Brad Marchand did, however, tie the game up at 7:43 of the third period to force the game into OT. Marchand put the puck past Ward through some heavy traffic on the doorstep thanks to a Patrice Bergeron assist. This goal came 23 seconds after the Hurricanes McClement scored showing a great response by a Boston team that has struggled with this in the past. Boston did also lead heading into the locker room for the first intermission when Tim Schaller scored the game’s first goal with 6:50 left in the first.
13:10 BOS – Tim Schaller (6) assists by Dominic Moore, Riley Nash
2:57 CAR – Sebastian Aho (9) assists by Jaccob Slavin, Lee Stempniak
14:28 CAR – Derek Ryan (7) assist by Jordan Staal
5:49 BOS – David Backes (11) assists by Kevan Miller, Ryan Spooner
7:20 CAR – Jay McClement (4) assists by Viktor Stalberg, Joakim Nordstrom
7:43 BOS – Brad Marchand (13) assist by Patrice Bergeron
1:34 CAR – Sebastian Aho (10) assist by Teuvo Teravainen
1st Star: Sebastian Aho, 2 goals
2nd Star: Jaccob Slavin, 1 assist
3rd Star: Cam Ward, 32 saves
Some notable mentions: Hurricanes center Victor Rask played in his 200th NHL game, all for Carolina. Anton Blidh, Colin Miller and Joe Morrow were all healthy scratches for Boston. On the opposite side, Andrej Nestrasil, Klas Dahlbeck and Ryan Murphy were healthy scratches for the Canes.
The Bruins are getting prepared to take on the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. This game marks three out of four games the B’s will play on their current road trip. The last time these two teams met was at the Garden in late November. Blues took that one 4-2.