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Bruins 4, Hurricanes 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 4, Hurricanes 0
Carolina Hurricanes 0, Boston Bruins 4

BOSTON (AP) -This was Tim Thomas' turn to take control of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

After watching Carolina goalie Cam Ward dominate three straight games and push Boston to the brink of elimination, Thomas stopped 19 shots for his first NHL playoff shutout and helped the Bruins keep their season going with a 4-0 victory over the Hurricanes in Game 5 on Sunday night.

"Timmy deserved the kind of night he had tonight," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He's been peppered with a lot of shots in the games before that. Maybe his teammates felt they owed it to him, to give him an easier night. They did a great job in front of him."

Phil Kessel scored twice, Milan Lucic had a goal and an assist, and Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard each had a pair of assists for Boston, which was on the verge of an early summer after losing three in a row. Chara also gave Boston a big emotional lift when he came back from a second-period slashing by Jussi Jokinen.

"It was the only option we had, being down 3-1 and at home in front of our fans," Chara said. "But we are in the same situation and are fighting for another day."

Ward made 36 saves for the Hurricanes, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 is at Carolina on Tuesday.

"We get to go back home in front of our fans and hopefully get the job done in six," said Eric Staal, who had four goals in the previous three games but just three shots and a minus-3 in Game 5. "We need to regroup and forget it."

Thomas had a career-high five shutouts in the regular season, when he led the NHL with a 2.10 goals-against average and became a Vezina Trophy finalist. But it had been Ward who dominated the series, allowing three goals as the Hurricanes responded to a Game 1 loss with three straight victories.

Chara took a stick to the left shin from Jokinen in the final minute of the second period. After laying on the ice for a few minutes, he skated off on his own but didn't return for the start of the third.

"My heart skipped a beat when he was down because I know he doesn't fake things - ever," Thomas said.

When Chara came onto the bench shortly after the faceoff, the crowd began chanting "Cha-ra!" And when he slipped over the dasher boards with 19:12 to play, the fans stood.

"We all have to make sacrifices. It's nothing unusual," Chara said.

An Original Six team that has not won the Stanley Cup since Bobby Orr skated around the ice with it in 1972, the Bruins entered the playoffs with the best record in the East and swept Montreal in the first round. But they have struggled against Carolina, a team they beat in all four regular-season meetings, losing three times by a combined score of 10-3 to fall to the brink of elimination.

Boston needs to win the next two to stay alive in a tournament that has already claimed the San Jose Sharks, the No. 1 overall seed.

"They did a good job coming back and being ready to play, as we expected," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "And we're going to have the same challenge."

The Bruins came out with a more physical lineup, subbing Shawn Thornton for rookie Blake Wheeler, and immediately took charge. Carolina didn't have a shot in the first 11:04, and the Hurricanes were outshot 40-19 overall.

Milan Lucic helped set up the first goal with a crunching check on Dennis Seidenberg late in the first period. When Seidenberg responded, he drew a slashing penalty. Just 7 seconds into the power play, Mark Recchi redirected Chara's shot past Ward to break a scoreless tie.

Kessel scored twice in the second period, both times assisted by Savard, to give Boston a 3-0 lead. Lucic made it 4-0 in the third.

Notes: Four of the five games have been decided by at least three goals. ... Boston has never won a playoff series in which it trailed 3-1. The only time the Bruins forced a seventh game was against Montreal in the first round last season. ... Boston has never lost a playoff series to the Hartford/Carolina franchise. ... The Bruins gave out yellow towels for fans to wave, but several were thrown at Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen in the penalty box in the third period. ... Julien said Aaron Ward might have a broken orbital bone after being punched by Scott Walker near the end of the game. Walker was given a misconduct, a fighting major and an instigator penalty.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:48
BOS
PPG - Mark Recchi (2) ASST: Zdeno Chara (2), Dennis Wideman (6)
1 - 0 BOS
18:36
BOS
Phil Kessel (5) ASST: Marc Savard (5), Milan Lucic (5)
2 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
04:40
BOS
Phil Kessel (6) ASST: Marc Savard (6), Zdeno Chara (3)
3 - 0 BOS
3rd Period
12:21
BOS
Milan Lucic (2) ASST: Michael Ryder (6), Patrice Bergeron (3)
4 - 0 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
01:33
CAR
Tim Gleason  Holding the stick against  Milan Lucic
06:06
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Interference against  Matt Cullen
07:27
CAR
Sergei Samsonov  Interference against  Dennis Wideman
14:41
CAR
Dennis Seidenberg  Slashing against  Marc Savard
15:33
BOS
Steve Montador  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
2nd Period
06:38
CAR
Ray Whitney  Too many men on the ice
09:35
CAR
Chad LaRose  Roughing against  Chuck Kobasew
15:25
BOS
Dennis Wideman  Hi-sticking against  Tim Conboy
3rd Period
02:57
CAR
Anton Babchuk  Hi-sticking against  Shawn Thornton
02:57
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Cross checking against  Tim Conboy
02:57
CAR
Tim Conboy  Roughing against  Shawn Thornton
02:57
CAR
Tim Conboy  Roughing against  Shawn Thornton
02:57
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Roughing against  Tim Conboy
02:57
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Roughing against  Tim Conboy
03:18
CAR
Joni Pitkanen  Elbowing against  Mark Recchi
05:17
CAR
Erik Cole  Delaying the game
05:44
BOS
Michael Ryder  Hooking against  Dennis Seidenberg
12:53
BOS
Mark Stuart  Fighting against  Tim Conboy
12:53
CAR
Tim Conboy  Fighting against  Mark Stuart
14:37
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Ray Whitney
17:13
CAR
Matt Cullen  Roughing against  Steve Montador
17:13
CAR
Scott Walker  Game misconduct
17:13
CAR
Scott Walker  Fighting against  Aaron Ward
17:13
CAR
Scott Walker  Instigator against  Aaron Ward
17:13
BOS
Aaron Ward  Roughing against  Scott Walker
18:11
CAR
Niclas Wallin  Cross checking against  Chuck Kobasew
18:11
BOS
Chuck Kobasew  Cross checking against  Niclas Wallin
19:32
CAR
Chad LaRose  Slashing against  Mark Recchi
20:00
BOS
Milan Lucic  Misconduct
goalie stats
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
7-5-0
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
SA: 19TOI: 59:59
Saves: 19EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2