Final: Carolina 4, Boston 2
Recap: With a little over six minutes gone in the opening period, Matt Bartkowski waited out a defender and sent a shot through from the point. It ricocheted off Milan Lucic and past Justin Peters, giving Boston a 1-0 lead. After a pair of fights involving Shawn Thornton and Zdeno Chara, Jeff Skinner knotted things up in the last minute of the period with a bad-angle goal.
In the second, Jiri Tlusty buried a behind-the-net feed from Eric Staal to make it 2-1 Carolina. With 2:03 to go 'til the intermission, Tyler Seguin cashed in on a breakaway to tie things up.
In the third, with Carolina on the power play, Tuukka Rask was slow to get his blocker up on a slapper from atop the faceoff circle by Joe Corvo. The former B's blueliner's sixth tally of the season proved to be the game-winner, as Tlusty notched his second of the night on an open net with less than 30 seconds to go.
Records: Carolina 17-22-2, 36 points; Boston 26-11-4, 56 points
Key Play of the Game: Early in the third, the Bruins had a chance to get back on top when the Hurricanes were whistled for too many men. The Bruins fired five pucks on net, but Peters stopped them all as the 'Canes thwarted all three of the Black and Gold's man advantages.
Connolly's Commendations: Jaromir Jagr continues to be, quite simply, the man for the Bruins. The 41-year-old winger just makes things happen. It's not as if Claude Julien didn't know he was capable of that initially, but the coach has wisely been riding the future Hall of Famer, especially on the power play, which has looked leaps and bounds better of late.
Connolly's Critiques: Nathan Horton finished minus-2 for the third game in a row. He's gone from plus-5 on the year to minus-1 in 72 hours. Eek!
Rask was just really off on the first and third goals. He was too far from the post, enabling Skinner to score from along the goal line in the first period. In the third, his lunge at Corvo's shot -- yeah, it had a lot on it -- was off target.
Notes: Dougie Hamilton was the healthy scratch for the second game in a row. The Bruins officially signed Carl Soderberg to a three-year contract earlier in the day.
Final Thoughts: Any team in this era, no matter how bad, is bound to find a way out of an awful skid, just as the Canes -- who were on a 1-13-1 run coming in -- did tonight. But boy, oh boy, if you're a team treading water like the Bruins have been that has lofty goals, you really don't want to be the opponent a team playing like Carolina beats to bust out of their slump.
Next: The Bruins will return home to take on the Senators -- yep, again -- on Monday night.