Boston Bruins fans have become accustomed to the B’s securing a victory in the third period of games and rightly so, the Bruins have outscored opponents by 37 in the final frame. Unfortunately for the Bruins and their fans, this was not the case Saturday night as the Bruins squared off against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Bruins, who had two power plays in the first period, but couldn’t convert, went to the locker room tied at 0-0 after the first. Things started to look up for the Bruins in the second, when Patrice Bergeron scored his 12th goal of the season on a wrist shot that beat Carolina netminder Cam Ward. However, right winger Patrick Dwyer tied the game up at one apiece, at the 10 minute mark of the second. This would be the score at the end of the second. Bruins and the spoked B faithful had to feel pretty good about their chances to earn a W in the third.
Milan Lucic scored his 16th goal of the season just 1:21 into the third period. It looked like the Bruins were going to dominate the third and secure the victory. This was not the case, as play got a little sloppy and Boston allowed Carolina to score three unanswered goals to steal two points from them. With just over six minutes left in the game, Hurricanes’ defenseman Justin Faulk beat Tim Thomas high shoulder side with a slap shot from the point to tie the game at 2. Blueliner Jay Harrison scored the game winner with 1:30 remaining in the game on a wrist shot that looked to have deflected off of Johnny Boychuk and past Thomas. Carolina captain Eric Staal scored an empty net goal to put the game out of reach.
With the way the Hurricanes have played against the Bruins this year you would have no idea that the Bruins are only three points behind the New York Rangers for first in the East Conference and that the Hurricanes are basement dwellers, only one point ahead of Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders for last. With the 4-2 win last night, the Hurricanes improved their record to a perfect 3-0 against the defending Stanley Cup champions this year. The only good thing to come out of this game was David Krejci extended his point streak to 11 games, which has been the longest streak in the NHL so far this season.
The Bruins, who will see action against the Florida Panthers on Monday, will have a tough stretch coming up, playing six games in nine nights, including a game against the New York Rangers next Saturday.