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.

Morning Skate: No surprise cheap-shot artists are running wild


Morning Skate: No surprise cheap-shot artists are running wild

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while hoping everybody on this Memorial Day takes some time to appreciate all of those that made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. We should also take a moment to say thanks to people like the three heroes in Oregon that stood up to a hateful bigot earlier this week, and in doing so reaffirmed what the majority of people living in the US believe we are all about while trying to live up to that ideal every day.
-- A number of NHL legends are shaking their heads at the dirty play that we’re seeing in these playoffs, particularly those plays targeting the superstars that people pay big money to see in the postseason. Why should anybody be shocked by this? The rooting out of enforcers, and fighting, has taken accountability out of the game for the cheap-shot artists and dirty players, and leaves little real deterrant for players looking to take out opponents with dangerous plays. I wrote about this a couple of years ago when the NHL threw the book at Shawn Thornton for going after Brooks Orpik, and in doing so chose to protect somebody trying to hurt opponents (Orpik) and punish somebody trying to protect his teammates (Thornton). It was a sea change for the league, and something players didn’t forget as more and more enforcers were quickly weeded out of the NHL. This is what the rule-makers and legislators wanted, and now it’s what they’re getting just a couple of years later with dangerous stick-work, cheap shots and a general lack of respect for fellow players.
-- Here's why the Tampa Bay Lightning would consider trading a player like Jonathan Drouin, and the major impact that could have on the offseason trade market.
-- Down Goes Brown has a Stanley Cup Final rooting guide for the other 28 other fan bases now that Nashville and Pittsburgh are in the final series.

-- So which goaltender has the edge in the Stanley Cup Final: Nashville's Pekka Rinne, or Pittsburgh's two-headed monster of Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury?
-- Scotty Bowman says winning back-to-back Stanley Cup titles has become monumentally difficult since the advent of the salary cap.
-- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are pushing each other to be betters, and showing exactly how a team should be led by its superstars in the salary-cap era for the league.
-- For something completely different: We can confirm through this report that a lot of hot dogs are eaten in the summertime. So glad we have people to research these kinds of things.

Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation


Morning Skate: Sidney Crosby has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wishing everybody a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. 

*Apparently Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette has yet to try Nashville’s hot chicken despite his time behind the Preds bench. It’s okay, I have yet to try it either in my handful of visits to Music City. 

*Good stuff from PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough. Apparently it wasn’t so easy to make Wayne Gretzky’s head bleed when it came time for director Doug Liman to cut Swingers together

*Sidney Crosby cares about the history and the issues of the game, and has been a good ambassador as the face of his NHL generation despite the hate that always comes with such responsibility. 

*Puck Daddy examines Crosby’s performance in the playoffs, and the odds of him winning another Conn Smythe Trophy. 

*The Penguins have made it to the Stanley Cup Final without Kris Letang for their playoff run, and that’s an amazing accomplishment. 

*Erik Karlsson said that he will be tending to his injured foot next week, and expects a full recovery for next season after a brilliant run with his Ottawa Senators

*Larry Brooks again rails against the Stanley Cup playoff structure and it’s relation to an “absurd regular season.” Say what you will, but the fact the Penguins are there for a second straight season shoots down some of the absurdity stuff in my mind. The best team from the East is where they should be and they did it without Kris Letang to boot. 

*Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat is confident his abilities will translate to the NHL despite his size after taking home honors as the best player in junior hockey this season. 

*For something completely different: Apparently there’s a hard core comic book geek gripe that “The Flash” is burning through bad guys too quickly. This would make sense if they couldn’t revisit these bad guys at any point, but they absolutely can go back to a big bad like Grodd anytime they want.