The Carolina Hurricanes took on the Boston Bruins in a Saturday matinee in Bean Town. The Carolina Hurricanes fought in this game, and they pushed the hockey game to overtime. The Boston Bruins won the game 3-2 in overtime.
The Carolina Hurricanes started the scoring 5:53 into the first period with an Andrej Sekera-powerplay goal. Sekera threw a wrist shot on Bruins goalie Chad Johnson from the point, getting through traffic in front and in the net. It was Sekera’s fifth of the season, and third in three games. Assists went to Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal. Staal extended his point streak to five games with the assist.
The Bruins got a powerplay of their own, and big Zdeno Chara stuffs a rebound past Cam Ward to tie the game at one. Milan Lucic took the first shot, but Chara used his big body to establish net presence and he finishes on Ward. The goal came at 14:49 of the first. Assists went to Milan Lucic and Torey Krug.
After dominating the Carolina Hurricanes through the first 13:30 of the second period, Reilly Smith scores and makes it 2-1 at 13:31 of the second period. Smith backhands it past Ward on his glove side out front. The Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t get the puck out of the zone, and it led to the goal. Assists go to Carl Soderberg and Matt Bartkowski.
Patrick Dwyer scores on a beautiful breakaway move on the penalty kill to make it 2-2 11:10 into the third period. Dwyer picked the puck up at center ice and used his speed to get through the zone. He made a beautiful move and finished with a back-hand goal. It was an unassisted goal.
At 1:28 of overtime, David Krejci shoots it top shelf past a sprawling Cam Ward. Tim Gleason got beat, and the Bruins scored on a nice pass from Iginla out front, and it ended with Krejci scoring. Assists go to Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk.
Final Score: 3-2, Boston Bruins defeat the Carolina Hurricanes.
The first 2 period were bad for the Carolina Hurricanes. They had 10 shots through two periods, and they couldn’t get the puck out of their zone and in to Boston ice consistently.
Cam Ward was the only reason that the Carolina Hurricanes got a point. He was marvelous against the Bruins on Saturday afternoon. He made huge saves through the entire game. Not only was this Cam’s second game back from injury, this might have been his best game of the season
The Carolina Hurricanes defensemen had trouble moving the puck. That led to the Canes having a lot of trouble moving the puck out of their own end. The Canes have been in rumors about acquiring a puck moving defenseman, and it seems more and more obvious that the Carolina Hurricanes need that player.
Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera played well, especially in their own zone, and they made good decisions in Boston’s end of the ice, when they had the opportunity to do so.
Tuomo Ruutu played a good game in Boston. He played very physical, and was in on many scoring chances for the Carolina Hurricanes. Hopefully, he can continue his good play. He has been in a lot of trade rumors lately.
The referees had a very bad game this afternoon. It was just completely inconsistent. There were too many bad non-calls, and it got to the point where they were practically taking control of the game. The game should be decided by the players, not the referees.
“We got a 5-on-3 on the same play two nights ago in Detroit, but tonight it’s not a penalty. So I guess we have to check the rule book.”
Kirk Muller obviously was not happy about the blown call when Zdeno Chara slashed, and broke, Jiri Tlusty’s stick on a breakaway in the 2nd period. Refs weren’t good, but now all the Canes can do is move on and get over it.
The Carolina Hurricanes will play the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night at the PNC Arena. This game was a good step for the Canes to get back on track, but now they have to get back in the win category against the Sens tomorrow. It is a 5 p.m. start time tomorrow.