Led by the great goaltending of Cam Ward, the ‘Canes won their third game in a row when they defeated the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. While the Bruins lost their composure, the ‘Canes consistently played to their ability. Without question, Ward’s dominance played a key role in the Bruins’ frustration.
Anthony Stewart was first on the board with a wrist shot in the first period. To say the least, the first period was a very slow period, but things started to get interesting in the second stanza. Joni Pitkanen, who totaled three points in the game, blasted a shot past Tuukka Rask halfway through the second. After that goal was when Boston started losing their cool. About 14 minutes into the second, a total of 18 minutes of penalties were recorded (not including Zdeno Chara’s 10-minute misconduct).
Into the third period, about halfway through, Chris Kelly and Brandon Sutter dropped the gloves. Sutter fought the majority of the fight with his sweater wrapped over his head, yet he still stayed in the fight. In the ensuing scrum, Bryan Allen, Tim Gleason, and Milan Lucic were all issued roughing minors. And with Boston on the power play, they were able to capitalize and score their first and only goal of the game. About thirty seconds later, Nathan Horton attempted to instigate a fight with Gleason. Gleason rejected the offer, but Horton dropped his gloves and began whaling on Gleason anyway. Gleason, who had not dropped a glove, took the blows and got knocked to the ice. Unsurprisingly, Horton was issued a double-minor for roughing and a game misconduct.
Not soon after that, Chara was called for high-sticking on Jeff Skinner and Brad Marchand was issued a game misconduct. Carolina was able to capitalize on several five-on-three opportunities. One goal came on an Eric Staal tip-in, and the other was on a one-timer from Tuomo Ruutu off a feed from Chad LaRose. Closer to the end of the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien was also given the boot.
Boston had a total of 72 minutes in penalties, with Chara being their leader (19 PIMs). Carolina was able to maintain their composure to win the game 4-1. Cam Ward had 33 saves on 34 shot attempts. Carolina moves up to second place with seven points in the Southeastern Division.
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