BOSTON -- Tuesday night's game between the Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes at the TD Garden got out of hand in the third period. So out of hand, that Cam Ward's 34 saves may be overlooked in Carolina's 4-1 win over the B's.
Anthony Stewart put the Hurricanes up 1-0, 2:47 into the first period, when he put home a loose puck that had slid between defenseman Matt Bartkowski's legs out front. Tuukka Rask made the initial save on Eric Staal, but nobody out front accounted for Stewart, who crashed the net from the right wing and snapped the rebound upstairs.
Carolina made it 2-0 midway through the second period, thanks to Joni Pitkanen's slapper from the top of the left circle that beat Rask low glove side. Pitkanen took a pass at his own blue line, and skated right up through open ice and over the Bruins' blue line, where he let the low slap shot go.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara tried to light a fire under seemingly lifeless Bruins team, late in the second period, by skating down in front of the Hurricanes' net and forcefully dropping the gloves with Carolina defenseman Jay Harrison. After Chara was done with him, he skated in the corner and got in the face of Ward, forcing Rask to skate all the way down the ice and make sure the B's weren't outnumbered.
Chris Kelly even got in on the physical action midway through the third, when he pounded -- yes, pounded -- Brett Sutter to the ice with repeated rights while Sutter's jersey was pulled over his head.
That sparked the Bruins' power play at least, as Rich Peverley sniped the top-right corner with a wrister, just 28 seconds into the ensuing power play after Kelly's K.O.
But things began to get out of hand when Nathan Horton received a double-minor and a 10-minute game misconduct for dropping the gloves and going after Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason, while Gleason's gloves were still on. Further penalties from Chara and Brad Marchand put the B's on a 5-on-3 disadvantage, and the Hurricanes took advantage.
Staal scored on the power play to put Carolina up 3-1 with 6:34 left in the third period. Tuomo Ruutu added another with 5:02 left in the third, putting things even more out of hand than they were, at 4-1.
It was so out of hand, that even Bruins coach Claude Julien got ejected with just under four minutes left in the game.