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The Bruins lost a tough game to the Hurricanes in Carolina 4-2 on Saturday night. Carolina responded to goals by Boston twice and added an empty net goal to seal the deal.
The Hurricanes are having a down season, but were ready to play and were helped further by sloppy play by the Bruins. Two Bruins giveaways in the zone led to goals by the Hurricanes.
Cam Ward also outplayed Tim Thomas, making 33 saves to only 17 by Thomas.
Patrice Bergeron started the scoring, beating Ward on a rebound, and Johnny Boychuck had the assist. The Bruins out-shot the Hurricanes in every period and 35-21 for the game, but Ward, who is having a tough year thus far, played well, only letting in two goals.
The second goal for the Bruins came from Milan Lucic only a minute and a half into the third period, making it 2-1 Bruins. David Krejci had the assist on the goal, extending his point streak to 11 games. That streak is the longest active point streak in the NHL right now.
The power play wasnt a weapon for the Bruins or the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes didn’t have a man advantage at any point, while the Bruins went 0-2.
The Hurricanes benefited from something we havent seen a lot of: turnovers in the defensive zone. Greg Campbell had a turnover that led to a goal, and Dennis Seidenberg had another that led to another goal.
Thomas didn’t see much action and that may have helped the Hurricanes. When he could see the puck, he made the save, on the three that he let in, there was traffic or the Bruins just made a turnover.
The Bruins will continue the road trip with a game in Florida monday night. There is a good chance that we will see Tuukka Rask, if Tuukka can play well we might see him a little more.