9:41 p.m. - 3rd Period Snapshots: FINAL CAR 4, BOS 2
Bruins fall to 'Canes: With 44 seconds remaining in the third period, the Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask for the extra attacker but were unable to sustain enough pressure to find the equalizer to send the game into overtime. Jiri Tlusty was able to pot an empty net goal to give Carolina a two goal cushion, eventually leading to their second win in their last 16 games. The Bruins will head back to Boston are back in action on Monday when they take on the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Carolina Scores: With 12:07 remaining in the third frame, Chris Kelly was called for kneeing adjacent the Boston bench in the neutral zone. With under a minute remaining on the Carolina power play, ex-Bruin Joe Corvo connected on a one timer from the top of the left faceoff circle for his sixth goal of the year to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead. Earning assists on the play were Marc-Andre Bergeron (6) and Jordan Staal (16). This is just the second time the Bruins have allowed two power plays in a game since Tampa Bay on March 2.
Bruins on the PP: The Hurricanes were called for too many men on the ice at 1:57 into the third period, putting the Bruins on the power play for the second time in tonight's game. The Bruins had a strong two-minute power play were able to register five shots with the man advantage, but it was not enough to get a puck through to give the Bruins the lead.
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Next Game: The Bruins are back in action on Monday when they take on the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
8:47 p.m. - 2nd Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CAR 2
Seguin Scores, Knots Game at 2-2: A great defensive play by Andrew Ference to pressure Alexander Semin in the neutral zone led to a Carolina turnover, which Ference was able to chip ahead for a streaking Tyler Seguin headed into the Hurricanes zone uncontested for a breakaway chance. Seguin deked left and froze Justin Peters just long enough to put the puck past the Canes goaltender high glove-side for his 15th goal of the season, with Andrew Ference earning his eighth assist. Seguin extends his point/goal streak to three games on the play. That's Seguin's third goal in three games, and his second straight game-tying goal.
'Canes go up 2-1: At 14:04 into the second period, Jiri Tlusty roofed a shot high short-side past Rask to give the Hurricanes the lead for the first time in tonight's game for his 18th goal of the year. Eric Staal (28), who threw a slick backhanded pass from behind the B's net to Tlusty, and Tim Gleason (8), are both credited with assists on the play.
Bruins go on the Power Play: The Bruins went on the power play for the first time in the game after Chad LaRose caught Tyler Seguin with a high stick at 8:13 into the second period. The Bruins saw some good opportunities on the power play with Jagr slipping passes to the front of the net on two occasion leading to two scoring chances for the Bruins. With 46 second left on the LaRose's penalty, Tim Gleason was called for slashing to give the Bruins a five-on-three advantage. The Bruins had another two scoring chances with the two man advantage, but Justin Peters remained poised in net for Carolina and was able to stymie the B's, including a fantastic save by robbing Jagr on the doorstep after a great feed by David Krejci throughout he seam.
7:42 p.m. - 1st Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CAR 1
Campbell Takes on Blanchard: Right off the draw following Carolina's goal that tied it up on the power-play, Boston's Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Nicolas Blanchard with just over 30 seconds remaining in the first period. The third bout of the first frame proved to be one of the fiercest with both fighters landing their share of punches before falling the ice and getting broken up by the referees. The last time the B's had three fights in a game? The fiesty 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals at TD Garden on March 16.
Chara Fights Harrison, 'Canes Score: Shortly after Milan Lucic was being called for interference at 18:41, Zdeno Chara and Jay Harrison engaged one another, exchanging a flurry of punches before the two eventually fell to the ice and were sent to their respective penalty boxes. The Bruins found themselves on the PK with Chara and Harrison's matching majors and Lucic's two-minute minor to give the 'Canes the man-advantage. Carolina's Jeff Skinner took full advantage on the power play and banked the puck off the back of Tuukka Rask to give him his 12th goal of the year and tie the game at 1-1. Earning assists on the play were Alexander Semin (27) and Justin Faulk (8).
Thornton Drops the Gloves: Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves against Carolina's Kevin Westgarth off the draw at 14:27 into the first period. The entertaining bout saw Thornton connect with several punches before the referees broke the two pugilists, both still standing. That marks Thornton's seventh fighting major of the year and Westgarth's sixth and is the first time the Bruins have engaged in a fight since March 27 against Montreal, when Gregory Campbell took on Travis Moen.
Bruins on the PK: With 5:33 remaining in the first period, Rich Peverley was called for elbowing, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time in tonight's game. The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty to make them 122-134 on the year.
Lucic Scores: Jaromir Jagr and Gregory Campbell battled deep along the boards in the Hurricanes zone, before Jagr was eventually able to kick the puck out to B's defenseman Matt Bartkowski, stationed at the left point. Bartkowski then threw a shot on the Hurricanes net, with Milan Lucic screening Justin Peters, which deflected off Lucic's skate and into the back of the net in to give Lucic his eighth goal of the season. Bartkowski and Jagr earn their second and 18th assist of the season respectively. The Bruins did a lot of the little things on that play between Jagr and Campbell winning puck battles, Lucic providing traffic in front and Bartkowski sending in a low and hard shot on net. Good all-around hockey on that goal by the B's. Campbell now has 2-4=6 totals in his past four games, and Jagr has six assists in his past four games.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs CAR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (17-7-4, 1.95 GAA, .929 Save %) vs. Peters (3-8-0, 3.02 GAA, .902 Save %). Rask is 3-2-0 with a 2.55 GAA and .917 Save % in six career games against Carolina. Peters is 0-0-0 with a 7.37 GAA and .811 Save % in two career appearences against Boston.
BRUINS VS HURRICANES LIFETIME: The Bruins and Hurricanes will meet for the 185th time tonight with the B’s holding a 97-69-16-2 record with a 631-544 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 44-37-9-1 in 91 games on the road vs Carolina, with a 311-298 scoring edge. In their last 19 meetings, the Bruins are 13-6-0 against the Carolina Hurricanes. The B's are 27-28-3-2 against the Hurricanes since they relocated from Hartford in 1997, with a 17-10-2-1 mark in Carolina.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Chris Kelly is currently one goal shy of his 100th NHL goal… Nathan Horton is currently two goals shy of his 200th NHL goal… Jay Pandolfo is one appearance away from his 900th NHL game.
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HAMILTON A HEALTHY SCRATCH: Head Coach Claude Julien announced morning skate that Dougie Hamilton, for the second straight game, would be out of the lineup tonight as a healthy scratch. Julien reiterated that they wanted to give Hamilton rest earlier in the season but injuries didn't allow for that and that Hamilton would likely be in the lineup in the next game.
HOT HANDS: Bruins forward Gregory Campbell will comes into tonight riding a three-game point streak, tallying two goals (both coming on April 10 vs. NJD) and three assists for five points during that span. Jaromir Jagr has continued to produce with since joining the Bruins and extended his point streak to three games with five assists during that stretch, giving him 1-5=6 totals in four of his five games in a Boston Bruins sweater. Tyler Seguin notched the Bruins lone goal against the New York Islanders on April 11, giving him goals in two straight games with 4-2=6 totals in his last nine games.
SODERBERG SIGNED: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, April 13, that the club has signed forward Carl Soderberg to a three-year, one-way contract through the 2014-15 season. The NHL approved the Standard Player Contract of Soderberg for registration today at 5:00 p.m. Soderberg’s salary is worth an annual cap figure of one million dollars. Soderberg will join the club Wednesday, April 17, and will be eligible for the remainder of the NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Chiarelli issued the following statement in regards to Soderberg:
“We are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season. I would like to thank the President of the Linkoping hockey club, Mike Helber and their GM, Johan Hemlin, in playing a significant part in allowing Carl to play for the Boston Bruins. Carl is a big strong two way center who can also play wing. We look forward to him joining our team this week.”
HURRICANES NOTEBOOK: Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose played in his 500th career game on Thursday at Washington. LaRose ranks seventh on the Hurricanes' (since relocation) games played list, eighth in goals (85) and tied for third in shorthanded goals (eight)… The hurricanes lost their seventh straight game on Thursday at Washington (3/14 - 4/9), which ties the longest losing streak in Hurricanes' (since relocation) franchise history with the previous losing streak starting on December 27, 2002 and lasted through January 20, 2003…Forward Nicolas Blanchard made his NHL debut on April 11 against Washington and is the fifth Carolina player to make his debut this year...
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 16-for-103 (15.5%, 23rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 121-for-133 (91.0%, 1st NHL)… Hurricanes power play: 20-for-144 (13.9%, 26th NHL), Hurricanes penalty kill: 103-for-134 (76.9%, 28th NHL).