Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bruins blow lead, but beat Hurricanes late

Bruins coach Claude Julien looks on during the game
RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 28: Coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins watches his team in action against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on January 28, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Last night, the Bruins came out strong against the Hurricanes, who swept the Bruins in the season series last season, going up 2-0 and then 3-1. But the Hurricanes fought back and tied it up 3-3 by the end of the second period. Late in the third period, the Bruins would take control and David Krejci scored the eventual game-winning goal off a sweet pass from rookie Dougie Hamilton to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead. Tyler Seguin would finish the scoring off with an empty net goal making it 5-3, while behind the play Jeff Skinner either inadvertently or purposely attempted to slewfoot Patrice Bergeron which caused a scrum that the Boston and Carolina feeds didn't catch. Watch the game summary video here.

Quick game summary
In the first period, while the Bruins were short-handed, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 3rd goal of the season to make it 1-0 Bruins. Marchand scored off a beautiful pass from Zdeno Chara, one-timing it up and over Canes goalie Cam Ward. A few minutes later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 2nd goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Bruins Milan Lucic set a perfect screen on Cam Ward as he didn't see the puck at all. Down 2-0, Canes Tim Gleason challenged Milan Lucic after Lucic laid a good hit on him. Lucic, probably remembering last season where Gleason kept backing down in a game, dropped the gloves with Gleason and they had an ok fight. I would call it a draw, maybe a slight edge to Lucic. Watch the Lucic-Gleason fight here. That fight seemed to spark the Canes and later on in the period, Hurricanes Jamie McBain scored to make it 2-1.

In the second period, Bruins Nathan Horton made a few beautiful moves to get by Hurricanes players, walk in and score on Cam Ward making it 3-1 Bruins. That was Horton's 2nd goal of the season. Not too long later, Hurricanes Jeff Skinner scored to make it 3-2. Less than a minute later, Bruins Chris Kelly made a bad turnover in the defensive zone and Hurricanes Eric Staal scored to tie the game 3-3.

In the third period, with less than two minutes in the period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 1st goal of the season to make it 4-3 Bruins.

Dougie Hamilton sets up David Krejci's GWG vs Carolina

Bruins Tyler Seguin added an empty net goal with ten seconds to go in the game, his 1st goal of the season, and it was a power-play goal. As I mentioned above, as Seguin scored the empty net goal, Patrice Bergeron and Jeff Skinner were mixing it up as Skinner apparently slewfooted Bergeron. It's hard to tell if it was intentional but Skinner has a history of doing it.

Patrice Bergeron is slewfooted, goes at Skinner during a Seguin ENG

Today Bruins Brad Marchand had some words about Jeff Skinner and his slewfooting, adding a little more hate to this rivalry for the next game.
Brad Marchand on the incident:
"Skinner slew-foots all the time," Marchand said Tuesday. "He's always doing that to guys and I think Bergy just had enough of it. We even spoke about it before the game in the room. The guys were talking about how much he slew foots and you've got to watch out for him. You can see it's very blatant. He kicks his legs out and throws him back."

"I remember I got a fine for that last year. It's not a good play, it’s frowned upon and if you continue to do that to guys, you’re going to get it. Bergy just had enough, and it was good for Bergy to stand up for himself like that."

Marchand called the move "a greasy play" and said he regretted doing it himself last season, noting that Skinner should break the habit.

"He's got to stop doing that," he said. "If he does it again, I wouldn't be surprised if a guy got up and took exception. It's just not a good play."

Patrice Bergeron talked about it as well, saying:
"It was the first time he did it [to me], but I thought it was uncalled for," Bergeron said. "The puck wasn't even close."

Game notes
Anton Khudobin played in net for the Bruins, his first game this season, and made 29 saves on 32 shots.

The Bruins led the game in shots 38-32, hits 25-20 and faceoff wins 38-26. The Hurricanes led the game in blocked shots 11-10.

The Bruins went 2-for-4 on the power-play while the Hurricanes went 0-for-6. The Bruins have still not allowed a power-play goal this season.

Player notes
Defenseman Adam McQuaid missed this game for personal reasons and Aaron Johnson took his place in the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 4-0-1 with 9 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is tonight, hosting the New Jersey Devils in Boston at 7pm ET.

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