Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand, left, looks for the rebound after a stop by Carolina Hurricanes gaolie Cam Ward in the second period. MICHAEL DWYER - AP
BOSTON — Two days after the birth of his son, Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward gave Nolan a game to remember.
Ward made 37 saves for his 13th career shutout and the Canes scored three power-play goals Friday in beating the Boston Bruins 3-0 at TD Garden.
"Cam was the difference," Canes coach Paul Maurice said. "He was our best player."
Ward was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Washington Capitals and Justin Peters on Friday in Boston, but Nolan's birth early that morning changed that plan. Ward earned his first shutout since April 7, 2009.
The Bruins lead the NHL in penalty killing but the Canes had a power-play goal in each period to win their first regular-season game in Boston since February 2008.
Rookie Jeff Skinner scored a power-play goal with 15.8 seconds to play in the first, and Tuomo Ruutu tipped in an Ian White shot at 11:09 of the second. Jussi Jokinen has scored at 7:52 of the third.
Ruutu, playing his 400th career game, also assisted on Skinner's goal and has points in his last five games.
"We played so well," Ruutu said. "I've played here quite a few times and I don't think we've gotten points many times."
Skinner's seventh goal, and first in seven games, came after the B's botched a shorthanded rush into the Carolina zone. Joe Corvo collected the puck and quickly fed Ruutu, who had Skinner open to his right on a two-on-one.
After the Canes killed off an Erik Cole penalty in the second, Cole jumped out of the box and passed to Chad LaRose, who was tripped by Andrew Ference. That led to the Canes' second goal as Ruutu got a piece of White's shot while Eric Staal screened Tim Thomas.
The Canes went on the power play with 1:09 left in the period after Blake Wheeler was called for holding Tim Gleason on an offensive-zone penalty.
The Bruins had 12 shots to the Canes six in the first and twice hit the post. But Cam Ward made some quality saves on a pair of Nathan Horton shots and another by Milan Lucic.