Canes @ Bruins

11/23/2013 1:57 PM

11/23/2013 1:58 PM

Reilly Smith's second-period goal has given the Bruins a 2-1 lead over the Canes after 40 minutes.

Smith scored his fourth of the season -- and second this week against the Canes -- on a backhander.

The Canes were steaming late in the second when Jiri Tlusty got a step on the defense and taking the puck to the net, only to have Boston's Zdeno Chara break his stick with a whack from behind. Tlusty was furious. So was the Canes bench. But no call was made.

Canes goalie Cam Ward has been sharp and busy the first two periods as the Bruins have used a strong forecheck to keep the puck in the zone and get off 26 shots. The Canes have 10 through two periods.

Canes defenseman Andrej Sekera took a shot off the foot, then blasted a shot into the net as the Canes took a 1-0 lead in the first.

Sekera had to be helped off the ice 3:12 into the first after being hit by a Shawn Thornton shot. But he was soon back and on the power play, wresting a long shot past Chad Johnson for his third goal in two games and fifth of the season.

Jeff Skinner, playing his 200th career game, and Eric Staal had the assists. Staal extended his point streak to five games.

The Bruins tied the score 1-1 on a power play later in the first. Manny Malhotra was called for a double-minor for high-sticking and Zdeno Chara scored on the rebound of a Milan Lucic shot, punching the puck past Ward.

Ward was making his second start in six days against the Bruins after returning from a groin injury suffered Oct. 24. Ward allowed three goals Monday as the Bruins won 4-1.

The Bruins outshot the Canes 14-6 in the first and spent much of the period in the Canes end as Carolina struggled to clear.

Rookie forward Elias Lindholm was in the lineup after being recalled Friday from the Charlotte Checkers (AHL). Lindholm was on the first power-play unit and did his part in helping the Canes score, keeping the puck in the zone with an alert play.

It was the Canes' second power-play goal in the past nine games.

Tuukka Rask was the starter and winner in net for the Bruins on Monday in Raleigh but Johnson was given the start Saturday. It was Johnson's second start in 10 games.

Smith had a power-play goal Monday for the Bruins in the win in Raleigh.

Canes beat writer Chip Alexander

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