Bruins hold on for 3-2 win over Hurricanes

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Bruins hold on for 3-2 win over Hurricanes

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

RALEIGH, N.C. The Bruins have made the third period their calling card this season, and it was only appropriate they did it again against the Hurricanes Tuesday night in their first game coming out of the All-Star break. Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron each scored in a span of 1 minute and 19 seconds in the third period, leading the Bruins to a tight 3-2 win over a Carolina team that looks like its going to be handful in the second half of the season.The Bergeron goal looked like it bounced off a body in front of the net, and Boston enjoyed the good fortune of a little luck."No matter what you do, the first game back from the All-Star break is going to be a little sloppy," said goalie Tim Thomas, who was marvelous in the third period of a one-goal game. "But I thought we did a good job of battling and then hanging in there once we got the lead in the third period."The victory was the Bruins' third straight over the 'Canes in a span of two weeks.Joe Corvo capitalized on a bouncing puck to get Carolina within one goal in the third, but Thomas the Bruins defense held for the rest of the period.Thomas made eight saves in the third and 26 in the game overall to improve his record to 3-1 against Carolina this season, and the Bruins improved to a plus-31 in the third period this season. The plus-31 is the best team-wide plusminus number in any period for any team in the NHL this season, and is the kind of number that screams Stanley Cup.After a scoreless first, the Bruins and Hurricanes traded goals in the second period. Daniel Paille notched his first of the season on a tipped puck, and Jamie McBain was the beneficiary of two fortunate bounces in front of the Boston net. Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
 
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
 
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
 
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
 
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.

-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.

 -- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
 
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.