Tuesday’s Canes versus Bruins contest was some bizarre, Alice in Wonderland trip. 72 minutes of penalties had Boston enjoying a standing room only in their sin bin. The game took an odd turn when Zdeno Chara attacked Jay Harrison on the blind side, followed by his attempt at Cam Ward. (Side note, I never want to see an angry Chara looming over my Wardo ever again.) Tuukka Rask kept the drama running as he left the crease to approach Ward. Ward just brushed off the ridiculous move. Chara was served with fighting, a misconduct, and instigating. Rask was also served a penalty for leaving the crease.
Horton followed his captain’s suit in the third with a roughing and misconduct call in the third when he shamefully took aggressions out on Tim Gleason (not that T Bone can’t take it). Even the Bruins coach was thrown out of the game in the third. I was waiting for Candid Camera to make an appearance.
It is hard to look past all the Rocky Balboa-Academy-Award-winning drama, but Anthony Stewart got the Canes on the board early in the first. Brett Sutter was credited with an assist on Stewart’s goal. The play notches the first point with the Hurricanes for the recently called up Sutter.
Sutter took a penalty of his own on a hit that took down former Canes defenseman, Joe Corvo. He admitted during the first intermission that it may have been a bad call on his part, but he didn’t expect Corvo to slow in front of him. The Checkers captain continued to make an impression his first night up with the Canes when Chris Kelly got his sweater over his head in a scrum, but Sutter didn’t stop throwing fists.
Pitkanen joined Stewart with his second goal of the season. Both points were made against Boston. Pitkanen’s shot was a bullet past Rask from Ruutu and Brent. Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu each notched power play goals in the third. Carolina finished 4-1 over Boston, winning their second game against the Cup Champs this week.
Check back with Cardiac Cane tomorrow for the full recap and thoughts from the game. Until then…Let’s Go Canes!