Bruins Nathan Horton trying to get one past Hurricane goaltender Cam Ward. October 12, 2011. Raleigh N.C.
Another disappointing effort out of the Bruins early in this young season. Cam Ward (26 saves) shut the door for most of the game until the Bruins found the back of the net in the third period. Tim Thomas (31 saves) had to make a few ridiculous saves just to keep some tallies off of the board for the Canes. Its early, but the chemistry just doesn't seem to be there yet.Both teams appeared to be sluggish early in the game, but The Hurricanes were hungrier for that first win of the season. At 0:42 Joni Pitkanen snuck a shot pass Thomas to capitalizes on the power-play. Old friend Tomas Kaberle was credited with an assist on the Canes first goal....of course.
It didn't take long into the third period for the Hurricanes to add another goal to their total. Anthony Stewart found the back of the net at 3:42 while Thomas was being screened. The Bruins found themselves down by two goals and it really wasn't looking too promising. However, not even thirty seconds later at 4:07 Tyler Seguin rips an absolute laser over Ward's shoulder after a couple of beautiful passes from Adam McQuaid and Nathan Horton. Seguin's goal is one Bruins fans hope to see a lot of this season.
The Bruins cut the lead in half and even after some shaky play they seemed to be back in the game. Then that one goal lead for the Canes turned into a two goal lead once again. The Bruins had some trouble getting the puck out of their end tonight, but a certain error cost them heavily this time. Rookie Jordan Caron pretty much handed the puck not on a silver platter, not on a golden platter, but how about on a platinum/diamond encrusted platter to Jiri Tlusty right in front of the Bruins net. It was a bad turnover that set Thomas up for disaster with really no chance to make the save. Tlusty ripped the puck over Thomas to add an insurance goal at 13:32.
At 16:35 on a delayed penalty the Bruins put the pressure on Carolina and scored their second goal cutting the deficit to one once again. Brad Marchand scored his second goal of the season from a pass from Patrice Bergeron that was deflected right into his wheel house for the one timer. It proved to be the last goal of the night for either team and Carolina earned their first win of the season.
The Bruins will hope to end this early drought when they visit the Blackhawks on Saturday. Saturday's game will feature the last two Stanley Cup Champions and should make for an exciting game.
-The Bruins were 0-5 on the power-play and there were no signs off it getting any better.
-Benoit Pouliot has a solid game while making a handful of takeaways, but just couldn't find the back of the net. He is looking promising early this season and maybe he has a chip on his shoulder after what Jack Edwards thinks of his play.
-Once again Adam McQuaid tried to send himself to the hospital by cracking his own head in the the boards late in the third period. He looked to be out cold for a moment and struggled to get to his feet. He did how ever stand in front of the net a try to keep the puck out of the net until Thomas froze the puck, even though he thought he was somewhere in Jupiter.
-And for all of you Kessel lovers. Tyler Seguin is now only a point behind Phil Kessel's early season output with a goal and three assists. Not too shabby.