As the puck dropped and play began, we saw the Bruins do what they have done way too much of lately. They played slow and anemic hockey. In those opening minutes, it was the skill of Tuukka Rask in the crease that kept Carolina off the scoreboard for most of the evening. The Bruins were huddling in their own zone being kept in there by an aggressive and desperate Carolina squad. The Hurricanes took off with seven unanswered shots on goal, and the Bruins were being completely outplayed in the first period.
Rich Peverley broke down the right wing and fired the B’s first shot that was stopped by goaltender Justin Peters. That puck went behind the net, and Peverley slipped past the defense, corralled the puck and scored on a wraparound(the first of three such goals) at 3:51 of the opening period. Peverley, who got bumped down to the fourth line with Jordan Caron and Shawn Thornton earned his first goal in eleven games.
Before the game Jack Edwards had commented that Brad Marchand had only two goals in the last seventeen games. Well, the Little Ball of Hate exploded in the first period. He earned two goals in the first seventeen minutes of the game. The first goal got Justin Peters tossed out of net and replaced by Dan Ellis. Both goals were assisted by Jarmomir Jagr. “As of late we haven’t scored a whole lot of goals in our games and it’s nice to be able to come in the room after the game and know that we had a good offensive game,” said Brad Marchand. “So we’re happy about that.”(Is it just me, or does anyone else LOVE the Jagr-Campbell-Marchand line?)
Seguin’s center experiment was over and he was moved down to the third line. “I can’t say I was shocked it got changed,” Seguin said. “We’re mixing things up, and I’ve played the third line before my first year, but not so much last year.” The third line didn’t put up any points on board tonight, but there was solid game play with that group (Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin)
The scoring bonanza continued much to the chagrin of the Hurricanes. Andrew Ference put in goal #4 just under four minutes in, and Jordan Caron got his first of the season just after the halfway mark. Dennis Seidenberg had a three point game(all assists-but ties for his best career game). Ference, Caron, Jagr, Marchand, and Gregory Campbell all had multi point games.(HINT: This new alignment looks awesome, Claude. Keep it for a couple of games.)
Tuukka Rask earned his first star of the game. He was aiming for his second straight shutout win when a resurging Carolina took advantage of some late sloppy play by Boston to score two quick goals within forty five seconds half way through the third period. He still made forty saves, and kept the Bruins in the game until the rout was officially on. “I don’t think we’re the best we can be in that area. Especially today, a couple letdowns there. Still, we’ve been pretty solid defensively, that’s our bread and butter, as you know, it was good to see that offense get going tonight.”
The Bruins will hope to continue their winning ways this week. They next play the New York Islanders, here at the Garden Thursday night.