The Bruins managed to take the Hurricanes to overtime, but ultimately the Bruins were outplayed by the Carolina Hurricanes on the road tonight and fell 3-2 . A combination of the Bruins' carelessness with the puck and untimely penalties lead to all three goals for Carolina tonight.
The Bruins opened the scoring 8:43 into the game when Milan Lucic collected a rebound from a shot by Dennis Wideman in front of the net, kicked the puck to his stick and tucked the puck past Cam Ward to give the B's the early 1-0 lead.
With Michael Ryder in the box for interference, the Hurricanes were able to sound the Whale horn for the first time this series. Joe Corvo chipped the puck into the zone and Eric Staal was able to gather the puck behind the net and skate out front to beat Tim Thomas for the equalizer with 3:11 left in the second period.
Carolina pulled ahead just 49 second later when Phil Kessel lost an edge, creating a 3 on 2 for the Hurricanes. Jussi Jokinen, Scott Walker, and Sergei Samsonov broke in and Samsonov's wrister found the back of the net for the 2-1 Carolina lead.
The Bruins tied up it at 2-2 with 10:57 left in the third period when Chuck Kobasew's shot from the right circle deflected off Mark Recchi's right leg in front of the net.
Jussi Jokinen got the game winner for the Hurricanes 2:48 into overtime after Zdeno Chara's clearing pass was picked off by Tuomo Ruutu. Ruutu passed the puck to Sergei Samsonov, who put a back hand shot on goal that created a rebound and an open net for Jokinen to ice the game for the Hurricanes.
- Carolina out-shot the B's 41-23.
- Andrew Ference left the game with an injury. If Ference can't play in Game 3, I am advocating for the Bruins to call up Johnny Boychuk. The Bruins have struggled moving the puck out of their own zone in this series and I don't think Shane Hnidy is the guy to solve that problem. Give the kid a shot.
- Carolina blocked 16 shots.
- Scott Walker registered 9 hits for the Hurricanes.