Friday, November 26, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Hurricanes 3, Bruins 0
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins played their annual noon matinee the day after Thanksgiving, and when it was over, it was the Carolina Hurricanes who were thankful.
The Hurricanes scored three power-play goals en route to a 3-0 victory at TD Garden. It was the first time this season the Bruins have allowed three PP goals. They entered the game having killed off 18 straight man-advantages.
The Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner, Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen each had a power-play goal. Boston goaltender Tim Thomas suffered only his second loss of the season, dropping his record to 11-2-1. It was the first shutout of the season for Carolina goaltender Cam Ward, who made 37 saves.
The last time the Bruins allowed three power-play goals in a single game was against the Montreal Canadiens on April 9, 2009.
IF IT WORKS: Bruins coach Claude Julien decided to tweak his lines a bit late in the team’s last game, a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over the Panthers Wednesday in Florida, so he kept them that way against the Hurricanes. Patrice Bergeron was back on the top line, centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. David Krejci was between Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder. Gregory Campbell centered Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi, while Tyler Seguin was in the middle between Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton.
With the Bruins trailing by two goals in the third, Julien changed things up a bit, flip-flopping Paille and Marchand on their respective lines.
BIRD FLU: The Bruins were without the services of rookie forward Jordan Caron due to the flu. He has 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in 19 games, along with a plus-4 this season. Paille was inserted into the lineup against the Hurricanes. A turnover by Paille during a shorthanded bid late in the first period led to Carolina’s first goal of the game, a power-play tally at 19:44 to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. After the goal, Paille was clearly upset and slammed his stick on the ice.
REX WORTHY: Bruins forward Mark Recchi, who is the oldest player in the NHL at 42, reached the 1,500-point plateau Wednesday against the Panthers at Florida. During a TV timeout at the Garden on Friday, a brief tribute was shown on the video board, recognizing Recchi’s accomplishment. In a classy move, players on both benches stood and banged their sticks against the boards. Recchi stood and waved his stick to the fans.
“At this stage of his career, I don’t think he’s playing so much for the money,” Julien said prior to the game. “I honestly feel he’s playing for the love of the game, because he enjoys being around the players and wants to continue to play as long as he can.”
UP NEXT: The Bruins travel to Atlanta to face the Thrashers on Sunday evening (5 p.m.). Boston then plays at Philadelphia on Wednesday in its first meeting with the Flyers since the Bruins’ devastating implosion during the Eastern Conference semifinals last May.