|Bruins Acquire RW Brett Connolly||Patriots Linebacker Dont’a Hightower Out 6-7 Months||Connelly’s Top Ten: Celtics on Exciting Run but Lose 26-Point Lead||Connelly’s Top Ten: Comebacks, Championships and Doobie Brothers|
Here in New England, we’re used to handling blizzards and “hurricanes.” For the Boston Bruins, they were able to score a pair of goals in the third period and weathered the storm the Carolina Hurricanes brought to the ice for the 3-2 victory.
Daniel Paille scored his first goal of the season to put the B’s on top early in the second period before Jamie McBain tied things up for Carolina. Goals by Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron early in the third period put Boston up by a pair and for the game. Joe Corvo added a goal later in the third but it wasn’t enough for the Hurricanes.
The win brought the Bruins record to 29-15-7 on the year, good for 65 points and first in the Northeast Division. Boston is ahead of Montreal by only four points for the lead.
The loss hurt the Hurricanes as they are trying to gain some momentum to make the playoffs. They are currently sitting in ninth place with a record of 25-20-6 (56 points) and are behind Atlanta by only one point.
The Hurricanes came out on Tuesday night trying to even the season series with the Bruins, but to no avail got turned down once again. Boston won the series 3-1 for the season but Carolina has played very well against the Bruins this year and the players know that.
“It’s nice to win games,” said Chara, who had two assists. “Give Carolina credit. They play a high-tempo, speedy skill game and they put a lot of pressure on you. We found a way to put a lot of shots on Ward, who was basically playing unbelievable.”
From the goaltender standpoint, it was a rematch from the All-Star game a couple nights ago.
For the Bruins, Tim Thomas had yet another stellar effort as he stopped 24-of-26 shots on goal for his 25th win of the season. Thomas’ record now stands at 25-5-6 for the year and is in the lead for this second career Vezina Trophy for best goaltender.
“We found a way to win against a hungry team that’s battling to get into a playoff spot,” Thomas said. “They played good, and we played pretty good defensively but weren’t getting too much started. We went into the third and found a way to win.”
Cam Ward started in goal for the Hurricanes and also had a solid outing. He stopped 30-of-33 shots on goal as he saw his record dip a little to 22-16-5.
The Bruins will head back to Boston as they prepare to take on the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. The Stars are coming off a tough loss against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night 4-1. Dallas is no team to sleep on though. The team has a record of 30-15-5 and went 8-2-1 in the month of January. They are led by Brad Richards with 57 points on the year and Brenden Morrow with 21 goals. Thursday’s game will be the first and only game against Dallas this season.