By Joe Haggerty
With the Bruins coming off a shutout loss to the Avs and Carolina 0-3 heading into Wednesday nights game, it was pretty certain both teams would be fully loaded for battle.
The Hurricanes just proved to be one goal better in the desperation department in a 3-2 victory for Carolina at the RBC Center over a Bruins team that played strong hockey in the third period after shooting itself in the foot offensively. The Bruins have scored a total of three goals in their three losses this season.
Anthony Stewart battled for the game-winning goal in the third period, and Jiri Tlusty added an insurance goal in the third period when both Andrew Ference and Jordan Caron couldnt hold on to pucks in the defensive zone. Tlusty picked up the puck in the middle of the ice and scorched a shot past an aggressive Thomas blocker-side as he attacked the shooter.
Things were testy between the Bruins and Canes throughout, and Carolina jumped on the board first while the Black and Gold struck a familiar pose fumbling their way through five fruitless power plays.
Carolina finally hopped on the board in the second period when a Joni Pitkanen point shot knocked off Dennis Seidenbergs stick and bounced past Tim Thomas with Eric Staal screening in front of the net. The Hurricanes struck again in the third period when Anthony Stewart battled Joe Corvo in front of the net and slid a redirect past the Bruins goaltender.
But the Bs answered right back with their newly formed top line as Tyler Seguin took a Nathan Horton entry pass and snapped off a rocket shot from the right face-off dot that whistled right over Cam Wards glove hand to get Boston on the board. A Patrice Bergeron to Brad Marchand one-timer got the Bs to within a goal, but they couldnt push overtime.