Hurricanes shut out Bruins, 3-0

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Hurricanes shut out Bruins, 3-0

By Danny Picardand Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Bruins allowed three power-play goals for the first time this season, and couldn't do anything while on the man advantage themselves as they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0, Friday at the TD Garden. The B's came out strong in the first period, but let up a power play goal at the end of the first period to Jeff Skinner with 16 seconds left in the period. That little slip killed Boston's momentum, and they were a lesser team in the final 40 minutes of the shutout loss."Our execution got very poor after the first period and our special teams play was unacceptable," said coach Claude Julien. "That was the story of the game."

Tim Thomas suffered his third loss of the season and is now 11-2-1 on the year, while Cam Ward brought his best stuff to the post-Thanksgiving Day table, making 37 saves in recording his 10th win and first shutout -- of the year.
The Hurricanes scored on their first three power plays of the afternoon, and took a 1-0 lead with 15.8 seconds left in the first period after Skinner took advantage of a Daniel Paille turnover in Carolinas zone.
Paille was streaking down the right wing on a 2-on-1 short-handed bid with Patrice Bergeron, but lost the puck at the Hurricanes blue line. Joe Corvo turned it up ice the other way, and Tuomo Ruutu came in on a 2-on-1, finding Skinner out front. Skinner put a one-timer past Thomas for the 1-0 lead.

Carolina made it 2-0 with 8:51 left in the second period, as Ruutu tipped home an Ian White shot from the point.

Jussi Jokinen added the Hurricanes third power-play goal of the game with 12:08 left in the third period. GOLD STAR: Give it to Cam Ward, who celebrated the birth of his child with a stellar 37-save effort and looked like the goaltender he can be during the good runs he's enjoyed through his career. The Bruins were all over Ward in the first period, but he made some highlight-reel saves among his 12 stops the best was altering a Nathan Horton shot near the right post in the first 20 minutes that kept Carolina in the game early. No gold stars for the Black and Gold in a pathetic effort.BLACK EYE: Where to begin: A power play that managed exactly zero shots in its first two cracks on Friday, and finished with only six shots on net while struggling to 0-for-4 on the day? A top-ranked penalty kill that allowed the 29th-ranked power play in the NHL to score three PP goals against them? Nathan Horton with a six-game goal-scoring drought? A team that's allowed the opposition to score the first goal in 10 of their last 12 games, and constantly seems to be playing catch-up hockey? So many to choose from.TURNING POINT: The Bruins dominated the first period and looked like they might be ready to score when Daniel Paille led a short-handed rush into the Carolina zone. But a Paille turnover quickly descended into a back-breaking Jeff Skinner goal with 16 seconds left. The Bruins were a lesser team after that killer of a Carolina score.BY THE NUMBERS: 104 the number of games the Bruins played between games where they allowed three power-play goals. The Bs penalty kill allowed the Hurricanes to go a perfect 3-for-3 on the power play in Friday afternoons loss, and last allowed three on April 9, 2009, against the Canadiens.QUOTE TO NOTE: "Playing from behind is getting old. That's why I've said weve got to find a way here. Figure out how to score that first goal. It's great that we've been able to overcome some deficits and get ourselves back in the game, but eventually it's going to catch up to us." Milan Lucic on the team's inability to get early leads. Most would agree it caught up with them on Friday afternoon.

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Bruins rebound from 3-0 deficit but wind up losing to Caps in overtime

Bruins rebound from 3-0 deficit but wind up losing to Caps in overtime

WASHINGTON -- The Capitals didn't exactly end their overtime victory with a raucous celebration.

No, instead Washington held a players-only meeting, still salty over blowing a three-goal lead.

Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 to avert a disastrous defeat Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3-3.

Backstrom saved the day, but not the Capitals from feeling uneasy.

"In the second and third period they outplayed," Backstrom said. "We were lucky that we came up with two points. We're not satisfied at all. We're happy with the two points, but not the way we played."

The locker room remained closed for approximately 15 minutes after the win, Washington's second in a row after losing three straight.

"We had a little talking here," said T.J. Oshie, who returned to the lineup for the first time since injuring his shoulder on Nov. 18. "There are some things we've got to clean up. I think it's more of a mentality more than it is the systems or anything like that. ... Once we get a step up on someone, we have to get that mentality that we're going to finish them off."

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night. The Bruins outshot Washington 34-20.

"Hell of an effort. We got a big point for us. To comeback from 3-0 against Washington, it's not that easy," Pastrnak said. "Too bad we couldn't get the two points, but in this case the one point is huge for us."

Backstrom patiently waited on the right side before firing the winner past goaltender Tuukka Rask, who entered second in the league with a 1.68 goals-against average. Rask allowed three goals in his previous outing, too.

Williams had two goals over the first 24 games this season, but he matched that total less than eight minutes in against the Bruins. He redirected Kuznetsov's lofted centering pass past Rask for a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the first period.

"To be honest it's nice to see the puck go in the net," Williams said. "I've been pressing and working hard. Hopefully this can springboard me to some more production."

Matt Niskanen left with an upper-body injury and did not return. With the Caps down a defenseman, Boston outshot Washington 11-2 in the second period.

"In the second period, we just sort of sat back," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "It's hard to protect leads in the league."

The Capitals' second goal also occurred in front of the net. Williams emerged from a scramble with a shot that slithered under Rask.

NOTES: With his 673rd career win, Trotz passed Mike Keenan (672) for eighth place on the NHL's career wins list. ... Williams' first goal was the fastest for Washington since 2012. ... Boston assigned F Noel Acciari to the Providence Bruins two days after the 24-year forward returned to practice. Acciari injured his right leg on Nov. 7. ... Holtby improved to 10-2 career against the Bruins. His first career win came in relief against Boston in November 2010. ... The three-game season series resumes Feb. 1 in Washington.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Colorado on Thursday night.

Capitals: Play at Buffalo on Friday night.