The Bruins lead the Canes 2-1 after two periods at PNC Arena after a scoreless but fast-paced second.
The Canes had a chance to tie the score with 63 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play in the second period. Chris Terry got off a one-timer late in the two-man advantage that Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stopped and the Canes could not muster a shot on goal on the 5-on-4.
Canes forward Tuomo Ruutu picked a good time to score his first goal of the season -- with 4.8 seconds left in the first period.
The Bruins appeared headed to a 2-0 lead after a mostly dominant period. But Eric Staal passed into the slot, the puck first going off the skates of the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron and then off Ruutu, who was crashing the net.
Cam Ward, playing his first game in net for the Canes since Oct. 24, gave up a goal on the Bruins’ first shot. Not that it was Ward's fault.
On a Bruins' power play, Reilly Smith got inside position on Canes defenseman Brett Bellemore in front of the crease and chipped a pass from Soderberg past Ward for a 1-0 lead.
The Bruins pushed the lead to 2-0 when Dennis Seidenberg's shot from the point deflected off Soderberg and past Ward.
The Bruins spent much of the first period in the Canes' zone but managed just five shots. The Canes, after a sluggish first 10 minutes, had eight shots in the period.
The Canes had the 5-on-3 after penalties on the Bruins’ Johnny Boychuk and then Gregory Campbell, who fired the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty.
Defenseman Mike Komisarek again is being used at forward by the Canes with forwards Alex Semin, Jeff Skinner and Kevin Westgarth out with injuries. Komisarek started on Riley Nash's line with Chris Terry.
The Bruins had not scored a power play in four games and had just one power-play opportunity in each of their past three games. But after the Canes' Jiri Tlusty was called for slashing, Smith scored at 2:31 of the first for his third goal of the season.
The Bruins won their first four road games of the season but have dropped the past three. Boston was beaten 4-2 by the Ottawa Senators on Friday in the Bruins' last game.