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.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.
*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.
*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.
*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.
*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.
*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.
*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.
*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.