A little rust in the beginning but the Bruins brushed it all off and took a quick one nothing lead at 1:34 into the game and were never headed. David Krecji tipped an Aaron Ward shot past Cam Ward for the lead. Carolina maybe a bit of a hangover from their improbable win over New Jersey Tuesday did manage to tie the game on wrister from Jussi Jokanen that slipped through Tim Thomas pads. But this was classic 2009 Bruins. Doing the same things that got them in this position. Hard working opportunistic and getting scoring from their first line as well as their second and third line. Tim Thomas was as solid as ever in goal and you never got the feeling that the Hurricanes were a threat to come back in this game and put any fear into the Bruins or the fans. It was just what a team with a ten day layoff needed to do to get back in the swing of things. Michael Ryder didn’t show much rust as he intercepted a clearing pass just outside the blue line and turned it into his 5th goal of the playoff year. But it was Marc Savard that really came to play as he scored twice and was his outstanding passing self. I guess it would be hard to say that these teams are rivals despite the fact that 10 years ago it was as Carolina was Hartford. And although the rivalry was pretty one-sided as the Bruins really never lost a playoff series to the Whale, there was some hatred there. So it will take a few games of nastiness to bring any kind of contempt between the two. One win down and three to go. Bruins need not get cocky as this is how it started for Carolina in the first round, but this is how it started for the Bruins as well. Hockey in the second round and the Bruins are involved. Doncha just love it.