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It doesn’t get much uglier than this, Bruins fans.
On an afternoon where the B’s looked to right the sinking ship, the ship sunk to a new low, as Boston fell to the Eastern Conference’s cellar dwellers, the Carolina Hurricanes, by a convincing score of 5-1. The loss marked the fifth straight for Boston, and their eighth in the last nine games, leaving the team looking for answers as they will surely spend the next four off days searching for a way to reverse their recent trend.
Carolina’s Ray Whitney got the scoring going for the ‘Canes in the first, capitalizing on a David Krejci turnover and finding the back of the net to give his team an early 1-0 advantage. Carolina would add to their lead three times in the second period, starting with a power play goal by new team captain Eric Staal, followed by quick goals by Jussi Jokinen and Brandon Sutter that would chase Boston starting goalie Tim Thomas from the game.
Tuukka Rask would join the fun and stop the bleeding temporarily until the opening seconds of the third period, when defenseman Chad LaRose wristed one past the substitute netminder to extend Carolina’s lead to 5-0. Boston would get on the board before the final horn blew, as David Krejci buried a rebound to ruin ‘Canes goalie Cam Ward’s shutout bid. Final score at the RBC Center…a 5-1 embarrassment.
The win for the ‘Canes vaulted them above Edmonton in the overall league standings, out of the NHL’s cellar. On the flip side, Boston now sits in the midst of a five-game funk, the longest losing streak since dropping six straight in December of 2007.
Boston doesn’t get back to game action until Friday, leaving the team four full days to clean up their act before heading north to take on division-leading Buffalo. They hope to get their play-making center, Marc Savard, back in the lineup for that game to help jump-start the anemic Bruins offense. Savard has missed the last eight games with a knee injury.