Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 03/16/10 at 11:29 PM ET
In order to keep their ridiculously slim playoff hopes alive, the Hurricanes knew that they would have to beat the Bruins in regulation on Tuesday night. Instead, they lost in regulation 5-2 and now find themselves ten points back of the eighth place Bruins. There were four points in the balance, and anything other than a regulation win would be bad. This is not a death blow, but the fat lady is warming up in the wings. With thirteen games left, it’s just too much ground to cover.
The game was over before it even started. Patrice Bergeron scored just 23 seconds in on the first shot of the game. This isn’t the way of a team trying to make the playoffs. This is something else.
Five different Bruins scored one goal and Tukka Rask made 30 saves to get the win. On the other side of the ledger, Erik Cole scored two goals and Manny Legace stopped 32 of 37 shots in loss. There wasn’t much to cheer about for Canes fans and this loss has to deflate the hopes of even the most unrealistically optimistic fan.
Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk (who is, I believe, no relation to Carolina’s Zach Boychuk), Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder and David Krejci each tallied a goal for the Bruins. Six different Bruins had exactly one assist. In total, eight players had at least one point, and nobody had more than two. They didn’t look like a team who has been struggling.
Erik Cole potted two goals, and they both gave the Canes a little bit of hope. Each time, he brought Carolina to within one goal. Unfortunately, the Bruins had an answer and then some. Canes blueliner Jamie McBain, playing in his first NHL game as a seventh defenseman, got the primary assist on Cole’s first goal. This was the only statistical highlight of the game for the home team.
Carolina will wrap up their four game home stand with a game against the Ovechkin-less Capitals on Thursday night.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.