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Fights are fantastic… but goals would be even better.
Fists flew Tuesday night at TD Garden, with the Bruins racking up 70 penalty minutes on the night, the most since last February’s famously fight-filled feud with the Montreal Canadiens. The frustration level of the men wearing the spoked B has apparently bubbled over, and instead of focusing their fury on scoring goals, they instead decided to lose their cool on their opponents, all the while losing their fourth game of the young season, 4-1, at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes, a team the B’s have now lost to twice in less than a week.
The scoring got going early for the ‘Canes in the opening period, when Anthony Stewart banged home a rebound to get Carolina the early 1-0 advantage. Joni Pitkanen would double Carolina’s lead midway through the second, on a goal that Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask surely would like to have back.
That’s when tempers started flaring up. Carolina’s Jay Harrison tangled with Nathan Horton to get the action going, with Zdeno Chara getting his hands dirty as well. We almost had a dust-up with the goalies also, with Tuukka Rask skating down to have a chat with Carolina’s Cam Ward, but really with all that padding, what damage could have been done?
The forward lines were shuffled to begin the third period, and the Boston power play finally showed some signs of life, with Rich Peverley able to get the B’s on the board with the help of a great screen down in front by Brad Marchand.
That’d be as close as Boston would get though in this one. Thanks to some more fisticuffs, the B’s found themselves shorthanded through much of the final minutes of the game, helping Carolina pad their lead with two power play goals by Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu, wrapping up a 4-1 Carolina win.
The loss drops Boston to 2-4-0 after a six-pack of games. The B’s will continue their four-game homestand hosting some former Bruins this week, starting Thursday night when they host the current NHL scoring leader Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs, followed up by a visit from old friend Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.