BOSTON — The Carolina Hurricanes now have beaten the Stanley Cup champions twice in less than a week.
The Canes, mixing hard work with some fisticuffs, topped the Boston Bruins 4-1 at TD Garden.
Anthony Stewart and Joni Pitkanen each have two goals for the Canes this season, and all four have come against the Bruins as Carolina leads 2-0 after two. Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu each had 5-on-3 power-play goals in the third period as the Bruins came unhinged.
Stewart's goal at 2:47 of the first period gave the Canes a 1-0 lead after the first period. Stewart knocked in the rebound of a Brett Sutter shot after sustained pressure in the Bruins' zone by the Canes' fourth line.
Pitkanen scored on a bomb from the left circle at 10:19 of the second. Taking a pass in from a falling Tuomo Ruutu, Pitkanen skated into the zone down the left side and unloaded.
Both had goals in the Canes' 3-2 win over the Bruins last week.
The Bruins all but came unglued with 5:41 left in the second. Boston's Nathan Horton first mixed it up with the Canes' Jay Harrison, then the B's Zdeno Chara hopped into it and hurled punches at Harrison. Canes goalie Cam Ward had a few choice words for Chara, causing Boston goalie Tuukka Rask to skate the length of the rink to have words with Ward.
When order was restored, Chara had a 10-minute misconduct penalty, a five-minute fighting major and two minutes for instigating. Horton got two minutes for roughing and Rask two unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Canes had a 5-on-3 but could not convert. Boston's Dennis Seidenberg later was penalized for interference on Ruutu, and Ruutu then for slashing while the Canes were on the power play.
Sutter picked up his first point as a Hurricane in his first game after being recalled Monday to replace injured Zac Dalpe.
Ward faced 13 shots in the opening period and several were good looks for the Bruins. Jordan Caron also hit the post with 7:15 left in the period.
Rask, who got the start for the Bruins, faced 10 shots.