Jaroslav Halak

Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 2-0 win over the Hurricanes

charlie-coyle-boston-bruins-goal-vs-hurricanes-120319.jpg
USA TODAY Sports photo

Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 2-0 win over the Hurricanes

GOLD STAR: Charlie Coyle was the best player on the ice for the Bruins on Tuesday night, so it was fitting that the big center ended up with the winning goal in the third period. Coyle had most of the rest of the scoring chances for the Black and Gold as well, including a rebound chance in the first period off a Matt Grzelcyk point shot. But it was the third-period play where Coyle went to the net and redirected a Brad Marchand pass that got the Bruins on the board with 4:05 left and injected some life into the team. Coyle finished with six shots on net, two hits, two blocked shots and a takeaway in 17:14 of ice time and played the kind of big boy game that the Bruins could use more of from one of their biggest forwards.

BLACK EYE: Sebastian Aho is usually a Bruins killer of the highest magnitude, but he was invisible on Tuesday night in a game where most of Carolina’s big guns were neutralized. Aho finished with a shot on net, two shot attempts and not much in the way of noticeable chances in 20:24 of ice time. Actually, Carolina scoring threats Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen were also kept from making many plays or creating too many chances. Obviously, that’s what led to the shutout for Jaroslav Halak, but it was less about the goaltending and more about the strong, hard-checking defense being played all over the ice.

TURNING POINT: The third period is the Bruins' turning point this season. That's where they've outscored opponents 39-20 this season. It’s the period where they enjoy the biggest goal differential with a plus-19 and it’s by far the period where they have scored the most goals (39) this season while routinely pulling away from opponents as they've done over their most recent homestand. On Tuesday night, it was the final five minutes where the Hurricanes finally cracked and Coyle was able to turn a good hustle play and a wild pass off the boards into a strong scoring play going to the net. Then the Bruins followed with another goal from David Krejci 68 seconds later to put away the 2-0 win - their eighth victory in a row.

HONORABLE MENTION: Brandon Carlo has played very well this season and that continued in a defensive grudge match against the Hurricanes. Carlo was immense in the defensive zone and did all of the little things while finishing with four shots on net, five hits and three blocked shots in 22:11 of ice time. He also finished with a plus-1 rating, but it’s his play as a defensive warrior that stands out. The biggest reason Carolina’s big forwards were shut down against the Bruins is that Carlo and Zdeno Chara decided they were going to do some shutting down, along with Charlie McAvoy, too. Carlo has flown under the radar because he’s not a big points guy, but he’s been sneaky excellent this season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 500 – number of career games for Jaroslav Halak, who recorded a 24-save shutout, the 49th of his career, in the milestone effort against the Hurricanes.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It shows that we’re conditioned, and we have will, both. We know how to play when the game is on the line.” –Bruce Cassidy on the B’s tendency to pull away from opponents in the third period.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

NHL Highlights: David Krejci milestone, Jaroslav Halak shutout help Bruins beat Hurricanes 2-0, extend win streak to 8

david-krejci-200th-goal-boston-bruins-vs-hurricanes-120319.jpg
AP Images

NHL Highlights: David Krejci milestone, Jaroslav Halak shutout help Bruins beat Hurricanes 2-0, extend win streak to 8

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 2, Hurricanes 0

IN BRIEF: After two scoreless periods, Charlie Coyle broke the deadlock in the third with his sixth goal of the season and David Krejci scored his 200th NHL goal to back Jaroslav Halak (24 saves) and give the Bruins a 2-0 home victory over the Carolina Hurricanes that extended Boston's winning streak to eight. 

BRUINS RECORD: 20-3-5 (45 points)

HIGHLIGHTS

HALAK ROBS SVECHNIKOV ON THE BREAKAWAY:

SLAVIN'S DISALLOWED "GOAL" GOES THROUGH NETTING IN WILD PLAY:

CHARLIE COYLE BREAKS THE ICE:

DAVID KREJCI TIPS ONE HOME FOR 200TH NHL GOAL:

UP NEXT:
Vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Thursday, 7 p.m., NESN
Vs. Colorado Avalanche, Saturday, 7 p.m., NESN

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Bruins honor Jaroslav Halak before 500th game with sweet highlight video

Bruins honor Jaroslav Halak before 500th game with sweet highlight video

Boston Bruins backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak will reach a significant milestone on Tuesday night. 

Halak is set to take the ice for his 500th NHL game, becoming the 74th goalie in NHL history to do so. Both he and Tuukka Rask have reached the milestone this season, making them the only current goaltending tandem in the league to reach the milestone.

Before heading to Boston, Halak spent time with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. The B's produced a tribute video for the 34-year-old netminder, encapsulating his time with each organization. 

Check it out:

Head coach Bruce Cassidy noted just how solid the B's backup has been since joining the organization in 2018. 

"He's been excellent for us. I'm sure he could be a No. 1 in this league, I really believe that," Cassidy said, according to bostonbruins.com's Eric Russo. "We're happy to have him in that regard because we feel like we've got two No. 1s."

Halak is 28-12-7 with a .924 save percentage, 2.34 goals-against average and six shutouts in his Bruins career. He's 6-1-3 with a .930 SV percentage and 2.35 GAA this season. 

The Bruins are set to host the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET in an Eastern Conference Finals rematch. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.