The Carolina Hurricanes got off to the start they wanted and at one point were leading the Boston Bruins by a 12-2 shot margin in the first period, but they could not find a solution to Tuukka Rask and lost to the Bruins, 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.
The former Vezina winner made 33 saves on 34 Carolina shots to back-stop the win for the home team.
Jiri Tlusty tipped in a Justin Faulk shot for the only goal for the visiting Canes, who now have a 1-6-2 road record, the worst in the NHL.
The goal came at 7:05 into the first period and the Canes were dominating. They went on to draw two quick penalties against the Bears, giving them almost two minutes of a two man advantage, but they were unable to capitalize and then the momentum turned.
First, Andrej Sekera turned the puck over right in front of Cam Ward and Seth Griffith got the goal to tie the score.
Then, in what has happened all too often in recent seasons, the team allowed a goal late in the period as Patrice Bergeron beat Ward with a nasty wrist shot with just 50 clicks left in the period. Riley Nash lost Bergeron for a moment on the play.
The Bruins went on to dominate the second period and outshot the Canes, 14-3, but Carolina turned it back on in the third period, returning the favor by outshooting the Bruins 15-4. Rask was equal to the task though and did not allow another goal and as Bill Peters noted after the game, the Bruins "played smart" and were in more of a defensive posture.
Carolina outshot Boston 34-25 for the game.
It was a tough, physical game as one would expect in Boston.
The Hurricanes returned home immediately after the contest and will next take on the San Jose Sharks at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
- Carolina officially went 0-3 on the powerplay but whenever you fail to score on a long 5-on-3, it kills momentum.
- Faulk and Tlusty led the team with four shots on goal each.
- Staal was moved back to center and earned an assist on the Tlusty goal.
- Alexander Semin was scratched this game because of an upper body concern.
- The team won 56% of the game's faceoffs led by Jay McClement who won 88%. McClement continues to generate chances and have open shots on net, but has yet to score a goal this season.
- Sekera had a game high 24:19 of ice time.
- event summary stat sheet
- Bill Peters post game comments