The Carolina Hurricanes played the Boston Bruins in a Saturday matinee in Massachusetts. The Carolina Hurricanes were plagued by a slow start in costly mistakes in their 5-1 loss to the top ranked team in the Eastern Conferences.
The Boston Bruins started the scoring at 15:28 of period one. Milan Lucic was left all alone on the goal line, and David Krejci hit him with a one timer on the rush following a Canes turnover. Cam Ward was left helpless on the goal.
Jarome Iginla gave the Boston Bruins a 2-0 lead at 17:24 of period two. Milan Lucic won a board battle behind the Canes net, and he set up Iginla who was wide open in front of Cam Ward. David Krejci also got an assist on the goal.
Alexander Semin got the Carolina Hurricanes back into the game at 3:53 of period three. Jordan Staal won an offensive zone faceoff to Alexander Semin, and he got a good bounce as his shot went off a Bruin and in.
Chris Kelly made it 3-1 at 12:49 of period three for the Boston Bruins. He was left open in front of Cam Ward, and David Krejci set him up with a great pass. Dougie Hamilton also got an assist on the goal.
17 seconds later, the Boston Bruins took a 4-1 lead. Jarome Iginla was uncovered in the slot, and Kevan Millar hit him with a solid pass. Iginla then sent it top left on Cam Ward. Milan Lucic got the secondary assist.
The Carolina Hurricanes needed to get a win in Boston on Saturday afternoon, but they weren’t able to do so in their 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.
Cam Ward was the best player on the ice for the Carolina Hurricanes. He was the only reason that the Canes had a chance to win the game, but the team wasn’t able to play well enough for the Carolina Hurricanes to do so.
Cam Ward has now played very well for the third straight game. It all started when he came in during the third period against the New Jersey Devils on March 8th.
The Boston Bruins were very physical against the Carolina Hurricanes. They dominated in the hits department, and they bullied the Carolina Hurricanes around along the boards and in front of the net.
Ultimately, the Carolina Hurricanes made costly mistakes. On the Boston Bruins first goal, Andrej Sekera wandered off and left Lucic wide open in front of the net. On the Bruins second goal, Murphy did the same thing as he left Iginla wide open.
The Carolina Hurricanes started to play better in the final half of the game, but they still made crucial mistake against the Boston Bruins.
The Carolina Hurricanes had terrible defensive zone coverage against the Boston Bruins. Three, if not all four, of the Bruin goals were because of poor defensive zone coverage. They ultimately gave up late in the game, and it got away from them.
The Carolina Hurricanes will come home to take on the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday afternoon. The Carolina Hurricanes are 7 points out of a Wild Card spot, and 8 points out of third place in the Metropolitan Division.