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Recap: Carolina Hurricanes lose late lead, fall 2-1 in the shootout to Boston Bruins

Canes fall yet again in a game that went past regulation.

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For 59-plus minutes, the Carolina Hurricanes (9-9-5) were on pace to ship out of Boston with a win. Then Torey Krug happened, and the Boston Bruins (13-10-1) escaped with a 2-1 win in the shootout, the Canes’ second blown third-period lead in as many games.

The scoring was few and far between in this game. Boston native Noah Hanifin scored the only goal for the Canes at 7:37 of the second period. The play was started by a 3-on-0 breakaway that Jeff Skinner failed to score on, then continued on the forecheck until the puck popped out to the blue line where Hanifin fired a laser past Anton Khudobin.

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Already down Jordan Staal to a concussion, the Canes lost a second forward when Elias Lindholm left the game midway through the third period with a lower-body injury. Lindholm would have come in mighty handy as the Hurricanes hung on for dear life and eventually conceded the tying goal to Krug with the extra man at 19:28 of the third period. The puck appeared to go off of Teuvo Teravainen’s skate out in front and squibbed past Cam Ward.

The Hurricanes once again found themselves heading in to overtime, something all too familiar this season. After a slow start in OT, Viktor Stalberg took a hooking penalty to give Boston a 4 on 3 power play with just over three minutes to go in OT. The number one penalty kill in the NHL came up big and killed off the penalty and the Hurricanes generated a couple decent chances at the end of overtime but were unable to crack Khudobin.

From there it went to the skills competition where the Hurricanes and Cam Ward are notoriously bad. To the surprise of nobody, the Hurricanes failed to win the shootout with Jaccob Slavin scoring the only goal in the shootout for the Canes. Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak scored for the Bruins in the skills competition.

Both Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin were stellar throughout the game and both goaltenders deserved the win. Ward stopped 34 of 35 shots while Khudobin stopped 29 of 30, earning the Bruins their first win of the year by someone not named Tuukka Rask. Scoring continues to be an issue for the Hurricanes, as they have now scored two or fewer goals in ten of their last 15 games.

Up next for the Hurricanes is a trip back to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers once more on Saturday afternoon. The Rangers continue to be hot and the Canes need to get 2 points to salvage something from this short road trip.

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