Home > Boston Bruins > Bruins drop 2nd straight, losing 3-2 in Carolina

Bruins drop 2nd straight, losing 3-2 in Carolina

Boston has lost their 2nd straight game now, losing to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Wednesday night. This after being shut out Tuesday afternoon to the Colorado Avalanche. The offense is off to a slow start. Tim Thomas has been stellar, and Tukkaa Rask was phenomenal in his game Tuesday, but the goal scorers have been missing. With David Kreci out with a lower body injury he suffered during practice on Tuesday, Tyler Seguin was given the chance to center the Bruins top line. A huge opportunity for the 19-year-old to prove just what talent he has, and did he ever. Seguin centered the top line beautifully, creating chances all night for Lucic and Horton. Marchand showed the grit that made him an icon in the Boston area last year again in this game, scoring a late goal to pull the Bruins to within 1 in the 3rd. While the goal ended up not affecting the final outcome, it’s the type of determination we need to see more of from the rest of the goal scorers on this club going forward.

picture courtesy http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/photos?gameId=400046950&photoId=1615809

Cam Ward stonewalls Milan Lucic and the Bruins, as Boston loses 3-2 Wednesday night

1st Period

The game started with a huge chance for the Hurricanes, when a bouncing puck found its way right in front of Tim Thomas. Tlusty picked the puck up, Thomas came out to challenge him, and made a spectacular blocker save. The 1st line of Boston came back with great chances of their own. Seguin, Lucic, and Horton were all jamming at the front of the net off a Johnny Boychuk point shot. Milan Lucic just missed a chance in the crease at a wide open net, hitting the side of the net. The Bruins would go on the powerplay right after. The Hurricanes sent the puck down the ice and made a change, but would be called for too-many-men on the ice at 4:23. Boston had an early chance to get on the board, and to get their powerplay working. The Bruins offense was working hard in front of the net, getting shots on net and rebound chances. They could not find the back of the net though. As soon as the powerplay ended for Boston, they would get another with which to work with. Jeff Skinner snapped the stick of Gregory Campbell, and was called for slashing at 6:54. Seguin came flying into the offensive zone, but had a shot blocked down. Besides that, it was more of the same for the Bruins powerplay, with the opposing PK getting better chances on net. They were back to 5-on-5 hockey as we approached midway in this 1st period. The 1st line for Boston again had great chances on Cam Ward. Seguin had a shot turned away, and then Ward stonewalled Milan Lucic with an open chance in the slot. The rebound came out for Carolina, and they now had numbers up ice. Johnny Boychuk leveled Eric Stall at center ice to free the puck up. Both men hit the ice in the big collision. Jeff Skinner just missed a chance to get his team on the board, hitting the crossbar near side. Thomas made another spectacular save off the rush, but was left out of position for the rebound attempt. Chara at the far side blocked the wide open net shot by Jokinave with his stick. Skinner came skating through center ice, and was hooked down by Chris Kelly. Carolina had a chance now with the delayed penalty. Skinner tried jamming the puck in the near side, Where McQuaid tangled with him and the 2 fell to the ice. After the whistle, there was a pileup centered around Skinner and McQuaid. Skinner gave some weak jabs to McQuaid on the ice, and when McQuaid got up he shoved Skinner into the boards like he was a child. The Canes had a late powerplay now, which has been terrific to start the year. Skinner came in with speed through the far circle, made a terrific feed to Stall at the near slot who had a wide open net to shoot at, but the puck did not sit for him. The 1st period would end tied at 0, and the Bruins had 48 seconds left on the penalty kill to open up the 2nd.

2nd Period

The Canes came out with a powerplay to work with, and made it count. A shot from the near circle by Pitkanen, and with Stall jamming in front made it by Tim Thomas. Thomas got a piece of it, but never had a good look at the shot. And of course, Tomas Kaberle (who was not resigned in the offseason by the Bruins) had an assist on the powerplay goal. Thomas came back with back-to-back terrific saves on Teluchnian. Another penalty came against the Hurricanes, Tulusty being called for high-sticking at 3:18. Just another atrocious powerplay by the Bruins though, with 2 shots on net. The Bruins 4th line came back with a strong shift to try to get some momentum going. Joe Corvo just missed a chance in the slot when a centering pass by Campbell was blocked away. Yet again, the Bruins would have a powerplay to work with as the Hurricanes were called for too-many-men at 8:23. Seguin gave a nice feed to Bergeron at the near post, but Ward held strong on the post. Bergeron then had another chance from the center slot, but Ward made the save. A juicy rebound came out for Seguin and Bergeron, but the puck was cleared to end the powerplay. The Bruins would go right back on the powerplay at 11:05, when Chad LaRose was called for hooking. Seguin created his own chance, but Ward made a terrific blocker save near post. Rich Peverly passed down low to Bergeron at the near side, and he passed to a streaking Johnny Boychuk at the far slot. The puck was knocked away, and Boychuk never had a chance to make a shot. The follow through by Johnny Boychuk drove him into the goal, and he would receive a goaltender interference minor at 12:58. 7 seconds of 4-on-4, and then it was a powerplay for the Hurricanes. Jeff Skiner fought through all 4 Bruin penalty killers to get the puck out to Tomas Kaberle all alone in the high slot. His one-timer was stopped by Tim Thomas though, and the game stayed at 1-0. The powerplay came to a close with great play by the Bruins penalty killers. The Bruins came back with 2 great chances on Cam Ward. Lucic knocked the puck away from a couple of Hurricanes at center ice, and he took a shot on net. A pad stop by Ward allowed for a juicy rebound attempt by Nathan Horton, but again Ward made a great save. The period would come to a close, with Carolina up 1-0.

3rd Period

The 1st line for Boston came out firing, with a great chance by Milan Lucic in the slot. He skated right in front of Cam Ward, but ha his stick bumped by Gleason prevent the shot. Terrific forechecking by the Carolina Hurricanes gave them another chance to score. Anthony Stewart brought the from behind the net to the near circle, and just laid a shot on Tim Thomas that squirted right by his right skate. Carolina was up 2-0 now, 3:42 into the 3rd period. Tyler Seguin brought it upon himself to get the Bruins back into this game. Seguin came flying up through the near circle off a touch pass by Horton from center ice. Seguin created space, and made a ridiculous shot to beat Cam Ward high glove side. Suddenly it was 2-1 Carolina at 4:07. The Bruins offense came alive, with great chances by Marchand and Peverley to try to tie the game. But a tripping call against Rich Peverley at 6:08 would kill that momentum. Thomas was the best penalty killer for the Bruins, with the Hurricanes skating circles around the Boston defense. Thomas was finally able to cover the puck up just as the penalty ended. McQuaid would awkwardly hit the boards late in the penalty, and would be sent down to the locker room after the whistle. Seguin was back on the ice, and almost created another chance for the Bruins. He came with a full head of steam through center ice, but had the puck knocked away in the slot. The Bruins had a hop in their step, feeling the sense of urgency to score. The Hurricanes brought the puck back into the Bruins zone, again with tremendous forechecking. Jordan Caron had a chance to clear the puck, but just whiffed on the attempt. That allowed for a chance in the slot by Tlusty, and he buried it in the back of the net. It was 3-1 Carolina at 13:32, seemingly ending this game. The Bruins did not give up though, with a great scoring chance coming from Benoit Puliot, but he missed the net wide. Joe Corvo picked the puck up and passed to Patrice Bergeron along the side boards. Bergeron found Brad Marchand in the near circle, and he buried a one-timer in the back of the net, and it was 3-2 now Carolina at 16:35. The Bruins brought the pressure back offensively, and Carolina iced the puck. Canes head coach Paul Maurice used his timeout to give his guys an extra breather. The face-off was won back by Campbell. Boychuk drew 2 defenders, passed to Seidenberg who got a quick point shot off that was saved by the right pad of Ward. The Bruins emptied their net now with just over a minute left to play. Milan Lucic took a shot from the far circle, but another pad save by Ward kept Boston off the board. Carolina would clear the puck, and Patrice Bergeron knocked down Eric Stall to receive a tripping call at 19:57 that would effectively end the game. Boston had dropped their 2nd straight, losing to Carolina 3-2 and is just 1-3 to start the season.

Post-Game Breakdown

A tough loss for the Bruins, who now drop to 1-3 on the year. The defense has played well, the goaltending has been there, but the goal scorers have been missing. Seguin showed off what a wicked shot he has, when he beat Cam Ward high glove side early in the 3rd period. He has the kind of shot that just can’t be stopped, and I look for him to have a big year here in 2011-2012. To his line mates Lucic and Horton, they were just pathetic tonight. Lucic especially, could not bury his opportunities. Lucic had a wide open shot early in the 1st, and hit the side of the net. He has got to start burying those opportunities if he’s going to be the 30 goal scorer he was a year ago. The powerplay again for Boston just looks pathetic. It’s beyond ridiculous now, going 0-5 against Carolina, and is now a measly 1-18 on the young season. They did a better job getting shots on goal in this game, but the fact remains they can not score. The Hurricane penalty killers were aggressive, and did not allow many opportunities for the Bruins to score. Any chances were turned away by Ward. It’s too early to tell what the problem is at this point, but hopefully coach Julien is able to figure it out before it becomes a problem. Boston now has 2 days off before they face off with the preceding cup winners, the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. A tough matchup, as this is a young team with plenty of skill. I just can’t see the Bruins dropping to 1-4 to start this season, so I look for the Bruins and their goal scorers to bounce back and pick up a win Saturday night.

  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: