Boston Bruins defeat Carolina Hurricanes, 7-2

It took the Bruins until Nov.

1 last season to summon the kind of emotion it takes to push a season into high gear. Thanks to the Stars, who came to Causeway that night with a game plan based on cheap hits and a belly full of bile, the Bruins came to a simmering boil that translated into a 14-1-1 run over the next five weeks.

Last night at TD Garden, only 48 hours after opening the season with an emotional flatline with the Caps in town, the Bruins responded with a 7-2 ...

On Thursday, when the Bruins went on five power plays, they landed only one man-advantage shot on Washington goalie Jose Theodore. Given such poor production, it was no surprise they didn’t score a power-play goal. They made up for it last night in their 7-2 win over the Hurricanes at TD Garden. The Bruins went on the power play eight times. They hammered 17 pucks on Cam Ward and Michael Leighton, and saw four of those shots hit the back of the net.

“They obviously gave...

In a dark 2008-09 season when he was dizzied by head and neck woes, then permanently parked when he blew out his left knee Dec. 18, Marco Sturm was reduced to team tailor. Sturm, desperate to weave himself into the club’s fabric, purchased robes for all of his teammates, adorned with some colorful nicknames (David Krejci, for example, was dubbed “Princess’’). Sturm also bought “Stay Hungry’’ hats for the entire team.

But serving as cheerleader and chief robe-and-hat man...