Five Observations: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

The Boston Bruins were down early in this one, with the Hurricanes taking a 1-0 lead two and a half minutes in. Anthony Stewart scored the goal off a bad clear by Matt Bartkowski. Joni Pitkanen would extend the Carolina lead to 2-0 midway through the second period when he beat Tuukka Rask low glove side after a Bruins’ power-play opportunity. Things got a little interesting after, as Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara got emotionally involved, and then the Bruins killed a 5-on-3. However, the second period would end with the same score.

Number Five- Matt Bartkowski

Bartkowski rarely saw the ice after the first period, and the reason why was his two blunders early on. The first one was costly, as his failed clear attempt allowed Stewart to score his goal, the first of the game. The second blunder came seconds later, when a bad pass caused a failed clear attempt and a good chance by the Hurricanes. However bad it may seem, the Bruins are going to need Bartkowski with both Adam McQuaid and Steven Kampfer out.

Number Four- Physical Engagement Improves

The Bruins got into some second period scrums when Chara and Lucic had some throwdowns, and even Tuukka Rask almost got into the mix. The Bruins would then kill a 5-on-3, just to be erased by a Dennis Seidenberg penalty. After that things slowed down, but a little more than halfway into the third period, things got heated again.

Chris Kelly had a fight with Brett Sutter, and then Lucic with Bryan Allen. It resulted in a power play, which Rich Peverley scored on. After that Nathan Horton got into a tussle, raising emotions even more. The physicality might be enough to wake the sleeping bear. In the end, it did not matter due to maybe too many penalties, but at least the Bruins showed signs of life.

Number Three- A Power-Play Goal!

Yes, the impossible happened — the Bruins scored on the power play. Peverley was the scorer, as he scored right after the Chris Kelly fight. The rest of the night the power play was stagnant,  like normal. The goal got some excitement back in the building, but the next few Carolina goals did them in, as the buildup of penalties was too much of a strain on the penalty kill.

Number Two- Lucic Still Struggling

Lucic got involved physically, but in the end it did not matter as it resulted in only one goal when they needed four. Lucic did not see any power-play time, and he was bumped all the way down to the third line while Beniot Pouliot moved to the top with Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton. Lucic is going to need to get going soon, because this Bruins team needs him.

Number One- Out of Hand

This game got out of hand late. Playing physical is one thing, but Slap Shot is another. The Bruins took some cheap shots late in the game, while they were still down just 2-1. For the Bruins, any life is good life, but they may have took things too far. Fans did not help the case, throwing debris onto the ice and chanting expletives. Claude Julien was ejected later on as well, making matters even worse. Like I said, good to see emotion, but the NHL will want to review this game for certain.

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