Twice in just one week two Bruins have notched their first career hat tricks.
Zdeno Chara became the fourth defenseman in Bruins history to score a hat trick joining the ranks of Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Glen Wesley. The captain motioned as if to throw off a hat in celebration of his first three goal game.
Mark Stuart, who returned to the line up after missing 18 straight games, opened the scoring at 7:56 of the first period getting his first of the season. Less than four minutes later Chara got his first of the game with the lone assist going to defenseman Adam McQuaid. McQuaid also got the assist on Stuart’s goal giving him his first multi point game in the NHL. Chara got his second of the game and period at 15:58 on the power play on just the fifth shot the Bruins put up that chased Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward down the tunnel to the dressing room.
Feisty goaltender Justin Peters took over for Ward and did not let a puck get past him until late in the middle stanza when the Bruins hit the back of the net twice within 13 seconds. First was Gregory Campbell at 15:51 who did not even realized he scored as he tripped into the boards. Shortly thereafter Patrice Bergeron buried one after receiving a pass from a Carolina player to give Boston a 5-0 lead.
Peters was noticeably dissatisfied with his own play and racked up 4 penalty minutes between the second and third periods. First he clung onto Blake Wheeler’s leg to get a very obvious holding call that was served by Hurricanes rookie Jeff Skinner. Later, at the beginning of the final period he shoved Bergeron who looked like he chuckled as he fell.
Michael Ryder got his 14th of the season when he tipped in a shot from Dennis Seidenberg at 2:24. Then at 14:04 Chara completed the trick with a slap shot on the power play. Just 36 seconds later McQuaid and Troy Brodie mixed it up at the Bruins bench resulting in a fighting major for both making McQuaid just a goal short of a Gordie Howe hat trick. It also resulted in an instigator penalty and game misconduct for the Boston defenseman.
The final score stood at 7-0 in favor of the Bruins with Tim Thomas making 31 saves for his 7th shut out of the season and 24th of his career.
The Carolina Hurricanes could be looking for revenge tomorrow night as it is their turn to be the home team as they take on the Boston Bruins once more.