Bruins lose in frustrating fashion to Hurricanes, 4-1


Bruins lose in frustrating fashion to Hurricanes, 4-1

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.

Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend


Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

It’s only a coincidence that it will air the same week that the Boston Bruins went Hollywood with their annual three-game road trip through California, but David Backes and his wife Kelly are going to get some solid TV time this weekend. The animal-loving couple are going to be featured Saturday night in the all-new Animal Planet special "Stars to the Rescue," which highlights the Backes family’s excellent work to ensure every animal has a ‘furever’ home.

The lifelong animal lovers have adopted five rescue pets that all made the move from St. Louis to Boston this summer, and launched Athletes for Animals in 2013, a non-profit organization supporting professional athletes and animal advocacy efforts. The 32-year-old Backes chose a Boston animal shelter as his first setting to meet with the Boston media this summer after signing with the Bruins in free agency, and spoke glowingly about his inspiration for marrying two of his passions: helping animals and sports.

“The full story is that in college we wanted an animal or two, but it just wasn’t responsible because we were renting and the landlords didn’t approve," said Backes, the proud owner of four dogs (Maverick, Rosey, Marty and Bebe) and two cats (Sunny, Poly). "We just didn’t really have the time or resources to support them, so we volunteered at the local shelter for the three years I was in school.

“When my wife [Kelly] and I moved to St. Louis, we wanted to connect with the community, be a part and use our voice to influence social change to do our part making the world a little bit of a better place. So we said, ‘Why not connect with the animal welfare rescue community?’

“We absolutely love doing it: Walking dogs, scooping litter boxes and cleaning kennels. Let’s use our voice to kick this off and see what we can do, and it really just snowballed from that to then trying to tie other guys into it. It’s not limited to the animal stuff, but the animals that don’t have a voice, and the kids that don’t have a voice, really tug at our heart strings. We want to help them with this blessing of a great voice we’ve been given as professional athletes, and to really use that to give them some help.”

The “Stars to the Rescue” special premieres on Saturday night at 8 pm on Animal Planet where there will be a full segment on the Backes family, but here’s a clip where Backes talks about his well-publicized involvement with a number of stray dog rescues during his 2014 Olympic Hockey stint with Team USA in Sochi, Russia.

Backes isn’t the only Boston athlete featured during the Animal Planet special as it also chronicles the stories of other well-known athletes and celebrities and the dogs they can't live without: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Baltimore Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley, Selma Blair, ESPN Correspondent Michelle Beadle, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne, former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and more. From training buddies to comforting companions, “Stars to the Rescue” shows first-hand how these celebrities first met their cute rescued canines and how their dogs have impacted and transformed their lives for the better.

What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track


What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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