December 4, 2019 / 2:56 AM / 11 days ago

Halak gets shut out as Boston adds to run vs. Hurricanes

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Dec 3, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) controls the puck as Carolina Hurricanes left winig Andrei Svechnikov (37) defends during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Charlie Coyle and David Krejci scored late in the third period to back Jaroslav Halak in net as the Boston Bruins blanked the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 Tuesday.

Halak made 24 saves to earn his second shutout of the season in his 500th NHL game as the Bruins extended their winning streak to eight. Boston also is riding a 12-game points streak (9-0-3) and remains the only team undefeated in regulation at home (12-0-4).

James Reimer stopped 32 shots for the Hurricanes, who have lost three of four.

The meeting was the first between the teams since the Bruins completed a four-game sweep of the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals of last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs. Boston outscored Carolina 17-5 during that series.

On this occasion, both teams went scoreless through the first two periods.

The Hurricanes thought they had a goal off a backhander from Jaccob Slavin in transition with 2:08 left in the second, but replay showed the puck cut through the right side of the net before exiting out the other side. Referees quickly ruled it a no goal, to the delight of the Boston crowd.

The stalemate held into the third until the Bruins broke through on Coyle’s redirect goal with 4:05 remaining following a 3-on-2 push up ice. Krejci’s tally, a redirect of a Charlie McAvoy shot from the blue line, made it 2-0 just over a minute later. The goal was the 200th of Krejci’s career.

The Hurricanes pulled Reimer for the final 40 seconds but failed to score.

Boston held a 22-18 edge in shots over the first 40 minutes. Carolina’s Nino Niederreiter had the best scoring chance in that time early in the second period when he beat Halak five-hole, but the puck hit the post and deflected away from the net.

Both teams came up empty on two first-period power-play chances apiece.

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