BOSTON -- The Bruins unraveled emotionally Tuesday night and the Hurricanes took full advantage, beating them 4-1 for the second time in three games.
Carolina was 2-for-9 on the power play with both power-play goals coming in a penalty-filled third period that saw Bruins coach Claude Julien give the referees an earful and get thrown out of the game.
Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen had a goal and two assists, goalie Cam Ward made 33 saves and former Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle had an assist, with Tuomo Ruutu, Eric Staal and Anthony Stewart also scoring for Carolina. Rich Peverley scored a power-play goal for the Bruins.
Pesky Hurricanes draw Bruins’ ire -- The snowball of frustration and penalties began with 5:41 remaining in the second period when Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took exception to Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison getting into it with Nathan Horton. Chara came racing over and proceeded to fight Harrison. That ignited a major scrum that almost resulted in a goalie fight when Ward yapped at Chara after Chara and Harrison were broken up. Tuukka Rask came flying down ice and talked it over with his counterpart, but the two decided fisticuffs weren’t necessary. Chara got an instigator call -- along with a five-minute fighting major and 10-minute misconduct -- and that, combined with a penalty on Rask for leaving the crease, resulted in a Carolina two-man advantage that the Bruins killed off.
The frustration continued in the third period as Chris Kelly fought Brett Sutter and Horton lost his cool with Tim Gleason earning an extra two for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. Just less than three minutes later, Brad Marchand got tossed out of the game for grabbing Jeff Skinner by the neck and the Hurricanes got another two-man advantage as Chara got called for high-sticking. Staal made them pay with a power-play goal at 13:26 and Ruutu with another power-play goal at 14:58 to blow the game open.
Milan Lucic was given a 10-minute misconduct at 16:16, which sent Julien into his final rage and he was ejected for protesting what he obviously felt was a one-sided call of the game. In the end, the Bruins were called for 72 penalty minutes to 22 for the Hurricanes.
Power play finally connects -- After 22 straight power plays without a goal, the Bruins finally lit the lamp on the man-advantage when Peverley connected at 10:59 of the third period, cutting the Canes’ lead to 2-1. Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Corvo got the helpers. The Bruins are now 2-for-24 on the power play.
Rask gets second start -- After stopping 35 of 36 shots in his first start of the season Oct. 10 but losing 1-0 to Colorado, Rask got his second start of the season Tuesday night. He didn’t look quite as sharp but he couldn’t be blamed entirely for the goals he allowed. He made 19 saves on 23 shots, but there were total lapses in defensive coverage for the first two goals and the second two came on 5-on-3 power plays.
McQuaid, Krejci out again -- Defenseman Adam McQuaid (neck) and center David Krejci (core injury) were out of the lineup again. Krejci missed his third straight game and McQuaid his second. Tyler Seguin filled in again for Krejci on the top line, centering Lucic and Horton, while Matt Bartkowski again filled in for McQuaid. Here’s what the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-Tyler Seguin-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Matt Bartkowski-Andrew Ference