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The Third Period Was the Difference

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- Coming into Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins had outscored opponents by a 37-goal differential in the third period.

But at the RBC Center, it was the Hurricanes that dominated the third period as the Bruins lost 4-2.

“I think we’ve done well all year, especially after October, we had that killer instinct to extend the lead,” forward Milan Lucic said. “But we weren’t able to get that lead and they got some shots through on the point that found their way in.

"They kept their game simple, tried to chip pucks in and get pucks to the net, and it worked for them.”

After Lucic scored just 1:21 into the third to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead, the Black & Gold had an opportunity to take the two-goal lead. Forward Daniel Paille picked up the loose puck in front of the net, but wasn’t able to get it passed a sprawled-out Cam Ward.

“I think it was right after my goal and it was a real good shift after we got the lead," Lucic said. 

But the Bruins couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. The Hurricanes scored three unanswered goals, two of which were tipped in from the point and the last was an empty-netter as the Bruins tried to tie it up with the extra attacker.

“Yeah we were sloppy, we didn’t clean up in front of our net,” defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. “There were a lot of people and Timmy [Thomas] couldn’t see. We just have to do a better job clearing guys, getting pucks out of there and start scoring somehow.”

In the second period, forward Patrice Bergeron helped the Bruins pick up a 1-0 lead, but much like the third period, the Hurricanes answered and tied it up three minutes later.

“A two-goal lead is very important and we have to find a way to get their legs right out of it and we didn’t do that,” Bergeron said. “It shows in the result. When we got that first goal, we have to keep the momentum but we gave it away. Same thing with that second goal, we came back again and even though it was even for most of that third period, they score a big goal at the end and it hurt us.”

Bergeron said that it’s more about the mental toughness than the physical aspect, and that’s a part of the game the B’s need to get back to.

“It’s about doing the job for 60 minutes and not letting the other team get back into the game,” he said. “In the last two months, we’ve been good at that, but tonight it wasn’t the case.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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