The memory of what happened Friday night against the Senators was all too fresh for the Bruins. In that game, of course, the B’s played very well en route to a 2-0 lead in the first period — then wilted in a 4-2 loss.

This time, when the B’s grabbed a quick 2-0 lead tonight against the Hurricanes, they didn’t squander it — continuing to press and beating the ‘Canes, 4-1.

Even with the Hurricanes missing a lot of key injured guys, this one wasn’t easy. It never is here.

“We’ve got a different team we play here, a very aggressive team,” said B’s coach Claude Julien after the morning skate. “We’ve got to be able to handle the pressure they’re going to put on us. It’s never an easy game for our team in this building.”

The outcome was very much in doubt until B’s defenseman Johnny Boychuk, skating onto a rebound knocked loose in the right circle, hammered it past goalie Cam Ward at 10:29 of the third, giving the B’s a two-goal lead.

Milan Lucic (9) hit an empty net with 10.2 seconds left.