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In a season-long, seven-game stretch on the road that went a long way in defining the season, the Bruins actually fared decent, especially considering all the drama with Marc Savard’s near-decapitation and the league’s support of its ridiculous rules instead of its own players.
All that aside, the Bruins took the ice Tuesday night against the surging Hurricanes, who have been playing like a Category 5 storm as of late. Seemingly out of the playoff race by Christmas, the ‘Canes have gone 13-4-1 since late January to help get them back into the playoff race. Somehow, Carolina entered Tuesday’s game just eight points behind the Bruins for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
In their final game of the long trip, the B’s halted the Storm’s surge, winning 5-2 thanks to three third period goals.
Generally, a team leading after the first period goes on to win. This is especially true for the Bruins, who improved to 17-3-4 when leading after one period. The Canes, meanwhile, fell to 2-17-6 when trailing after the first.
Patrice Bergeron scored his 16th goal seconds into the game to get the Bruins started. Johnny Boychuk added a goal midway through the second to get the Bruins a 2-0 lead. The Canes trailed 2-1 entering the third after Erik Cole got them on the board, scoring on Tuukka Rask, who finished with 30 saves in the win.
Then, the weakest team in the NHL came alive, scoring three goals. Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder, and David Krejci sent the Bruins packing with smiles on their faces. After the 5-2 win, the Bruins finished 3-3-1 on the trip, collecting seven of a possible 14 points on the road, which is no small feat.
The Bruins next hit the ice on Thursday against Matt Cooke and the Penguins.