February 2, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
CAR - 2
BOS - 0

SHOTS
CAR - 22
BOS - 27

Once again it's a tale of two periods for the Bruins, who are headed to the third trailing Carolina 2-0.

After putting a whopping 22 shots on goal in the opening frame, Boston's offense went into a shell. Cam Ward needed to make just five saves in the second period.

Carolina, conversely, turned their offensive efforts up a few notches, firing 14 pucks at Tuukka Rask.

With 3:19 left in the second, one of the shots eluded the Finnish netminder. On a strange play in close, Rask had to scramble back when Tuomo Ruutu was wide-open in front of the net. Rask slid too far and Ruutu capitalized, swiftly depositing the puck into the back of the goal.

Boston's won the battle in hits (24-19) and dominated on faceoffs (23-10), but that's yielded squat through 40 minutes. 

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
CAR - 1
BOS - 0

SHOTS
CAR - 8
BOS - 22

One wacky period is in the books at the Garden where the Hurricanes lead the Bruins 1-0.

Boston had an unbelievable edge in shots (22-8) and scoring chances (12-5), but Carolina scored the only goal of the frame.

Jiri Tlusty got the puck out of the corner and threw it out front to Eric Staal. Staal beat Tuukka Rask on a quick one-timer, making it 1-0 Carolina.

Though most of the play took place down the other end of the ice, the B's had some trouble getting out of their own zone. The Hurricanes aggressive forecheck kept the Bruins pinned in, while Boston didn't do themselves any favors with ill-advised turnovers.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron won all five faceoffs he took in the first period. 

Johnny Boychuk either dinged his arm or wound up having his stick jam into his abdomen on a play midway through the period. He did not return.