Carolina Hurricanes: Takeaways from Shutout Loss to Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 03: Boston Bruins right defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) breaks up the shot from Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes on December 3, 2019, at TD garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 03: Boston Bruins right defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) breaks up the shot from Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes on December 3, 2019, at TD garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 03: Boston Bruins right defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) breaks up the shot from Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes on December 3, 2019, at TD garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 03: Boston Bruins right defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) breaks up the shot from Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes on December 3, 2019, at TD garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Carolina Hurricanes were shutout by the Boston Bruins last night, 2-0. Here is how the Canes stacked up to the three keys I mentioned before last night’s matchup.

Last night’s game was frustrating, to say the least. As I mentioned in my three keys article from yesterday, matchups between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes typically end up being physical, old-time hockey style games. Last night was no exception.

The Carolina Hurricanes managed to keep up with and, at times, even seemingly gain momentum over the Boston Bruins for the first 55 minutes or so of the game. It wasn’t until the last 5 minutes of the game that the Carolina Hurricanes would allow two goals, both deflections from Boston’s forwards camped out in James Reimer‘s crease.

Speaking of James Reimer, his performance last night was yet another incredibly solid showing. The one bright spot of the game, Reimer stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced. My advice to the Carolina Hurricanes would be to keep starting him.

As far as the three keys are concerned, the Carolina Hurricanes didn’t meet a single one of them consistently. The Canes took two penalties in the first period alone, both goals against were 100% on the defensive corps, and they ended up faltering in the last five minutes of the game, and were unable to respond in turn. Let’s take a bit more of an in-depth look.