On a night where Willie O’Ree was honored with smiles all around the arena, an abysmal first period from the Boston Bruins quickly turned those smiles into frowns.
The Bruins would be utterly embarrassed against the Hurricanes Tuesday night, losing 7-1, as the loss snaps a five-game winning streak and tabs a new season-high in goals allowed.
The first period was rather embarrassing for Boston. A five-goal performance for the Canes, as Teuvo Teravainen, Jesperi Kotkaniemi (twice), Seth Jarvis, and Derek Stepan would all score. Patrice Bergeron would put the Bruins on the board with a power-play goal to shorten the damage a four-goal game. Rask finished the period with seven saves on 12 shots, amounting to an abysmal .583 save percentage.
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The third was an improvement, as no goals were scored in the second period after Linus Ullmark came in relief for Rask, but still, the Bruins couldn’t find the back of the net in many scoring opportunities. The Fans in TD Garden were booing the Bruins defense after a 57-second offensive zone possession by the Hurricanes. Another squandered chance was when the Bruins had a 5-on-3 power-play and still couldn’t beat opposing goalie Frederik Andersen.
The B’s would find themselves in penalty trouble to start off the third. A power-play goal by Jacob Slavin would stretch the lead to 6-1, and the Canes wouldn’t stop there, as they would score another power-play goal from the twig of Andrei Svenchnikov.
Bruins Star of the Game: Linus Ullmark
In a game where no one deserves to be praised, Ullmark shined the brightest. After coming in at the second, Ullmark would save 20-of-22 shots faced and would post a .909 save percentage.
The Bruins will look to bounce back on Thursday against the Washington Capitals.