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, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 03: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes shields the puck from David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins after he fell on the ice during the third period at TD Garden on December 03, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Hurricanes 2-0. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 03: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes shields the puck from David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins after he fell on the ice during the third period at TD Garden on December 03, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Hurricanes 2-0. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

1. Did the Canes Stay Out of the Penalty Box?

Short answer? Yes, after taking two in the first period.. Long answer? Let’s talk about it.

The Carolina Hurricanes may have taken two penalties in the first period, but played an incredibly disciplined game from then on, despite the Bruins showcasing their usual antics, and the refs missing more than a few calls in favor of the Canes.

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Both penalties taken by the Carolina Hurricanes were killed by the Bruins’ penalty killers, and the same can be said for the two penalties the Bruins took in the first.

Last season, special teams seemed to be a huge issue. This season, that issue has been resolved, for the most part. Instead, injuries and lack of response have been massive influences on more than a few games.

Special teams wasn’t a huge influence on last night’s game, which was incredibly surprising (at least to me). If only most games were like that. On to the Carolina Hurricanes’ lack of solid defense when it really mattered.