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Carolina Power Play Shuts Out Bruins

Tim Thomas allows a power play goal in the 1st period. (AP Photo / Michael Dwyer)

Despite having the NHL’s best penalty kill, the Bruins allowed three power play goals to the lowly Carolina Hurricanes in a 3-0 home loss. Boston actually kept up a pretty good attack, but the Hurricanes patiently waited for chances to break away, which they capitalized on. Early on, Boston had many good chances, but Cam Ward made the stops for Carolina, and the one time he didn’t, the Bruins hit the post instead of scoring. (I’d like to see some stats compiled on that; I bet the Bruins lead the league in shots off the post.)

But the Blake Wheeler went to the box for holding with 1:09 left in the 1st, and Carolina took advantage. With just 16 seconds left, they scored their first power play goal for the 1-0 lead; last second pushes have been a serious problem for Boston before, and they can’t afford to give up goals like that.

The 2nd Period was more of a back-and-forth contest, with the Bruins getting two power play chances of their own. But sandwiched in between was another power play chance for Carolina following Andrew Ference’s trip. That resulted in a 2-0 Carolina lead with two seconds left on the advantage, while Boston couldn’t do anything with their chances.

The 3rd Period was a lot like the 1st, except the Bruins got even more shots and two more power plays, but after Milan Lucic interfered with Ward, Carolina took a 3-0 lead, and Tim Thomas was clearly frustrated with his performance. Even with two consecutive power plays, Boston kept up the pressure, but could not get any shots through, though there were chances that resulted in Carolina breaking up the play midway through, too. All Boston could do was think of their few blown plays that led to Carolina goals as the crowd let them hear it.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game:

Again no fights. Are all the referees therapists now?

Scoring Summary

1st Period
19:44 CAR PPG – Jeff Skinner (7) Snap Shot – Assists: Tuomo Ruutu (10) & Joe Corvo (5)
2nd Period
11:09 CAR PPG – Tuomo Ruutu (5) Tip-In – Assists: Ian White (7) & Joni Pitkanen (11)
3rd Period
7:52 CAR Jussi Jokinen (5) Snap Shot – Assists: Eric Staal (15) & Jeff Skinner (12)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
18:51 BOS Blake Wheeler: Holding – 2 min
2nd Period
7:01 CAR Erik Cole: Interference – 2 min
9:11 BOS Andrew Ference: Tripping – 2 min
15:41 CAR Brandon Sutter: Holding – 2 min
3rd Period
6:26 BOS Milan Lucic: Interference on goalkeeper – 2 min
10:04 CAR Joni Pitkanen: Hi-sticking – 2 min
12:00 CAR Tim Gleason: Delaying Game-Puck over glass – 2 min

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
CAR Cam Ward 37/37 60:00
BOS Tim Thomas 18/21 59:48

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
CAR 6 9 6 21
BOS 12 9 16 37

Game Notes:

  • The Bruins still haven’t won when they’ve been trailing after the 1st period.
  • Cam Ward’s first shutout of the year is also the first time Boston has given up three power play goals in a game since April 7, 2009 against the Canadiens.
  • Speaking of power plays, Boston was 0/4; Carolina was 3/3.
  • Tim Thomas is now 11-2-1 with a .951 save percentage and a 1.56 GAA.

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