Talking Points: Hurricanes 4, Bruins 2

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Talking Points: Hurricanes 4, Bruins 2

RALEIGH, N.C. The Bruins remember the two losses to Carolina early in the season, but they couldnt do enough to reverse that trend in a gritty 4-2 loss over the Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

The loss snapped a two-game winning stretch for the Bruins following their emotional loss to the Canucks, and drops them to a still-impressive 25-5-1 since the beginning of November. Jay Harrison fired a left point shot through traffic with less than two minutes in the third period to hand the Hurricanes their victory.

The hockey game wasnt going to win any hockey aesthetic contests for either team, but it appeared Milan Lucics 16th goal of the season early in the third period would provide the difference for the Black and Gold. Lucic pounced on a loose puck after a David Krejci shot was blocked in front of the net, and managed to steam the puck past Cam Ward attempting to track the puck.

But Justin Faulk rifled a point shot through traffic that tied things up after a lengthy video review of the score.

After a scoreless first period between the Bruins and Hurricanes, the two teams traded goals in the middle 20 minutes. Patrice Bergeron jumped on the rebound of a Johnny Boychuk shot in front of the net and managed to outwork Bryan Allen for a shot that pushed past Ward. Carolina responded four minutes later with a strike to knot things up again.

Brandon Sutter wound up from the high slot and Patrick Dwyer managed to get a piece of the puck before it caromed past Thomas. It was the only puck Carolina managed to get past the Bs goaltender on a night that featured gook work from both Ward and Thomas.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.