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35-41-6
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40-34-8
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33 SOG
37 SOG
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Bruins 4, Hurricanes 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

David Droschak

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Bruins 4, Hurricanes 3, OT
Boston Bruins 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3

'Canes Drop Fourth Straight In Overtime

David Droschak

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RALEIGH, N.C. (FEB. 3, 2007) - There won't be any big speeches coming from captain Rod Brind'Amour after Carolina's latest setback, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

Carolina went up by two goals in the first period and tied it late after finally getting a power-play goal by Brind'Amour on a 5-on-3, but Eric Staal was called for a controversial tripping call early in overtime and Zdeno Chara cashed in as the Hurricanes left the RBC center with a point but their fourth straight loss.

"Words really don't mean a heck of a lot, you've got to go out and make it happen," said Brind'Amour, who scored for just the second time in 15 games after Carolina failed on its first nine power plays. "We've done enough talking. We talk every day about what we have to do, it gets redundant. We've got to find a way to get a win and get things rolling."

The Hurricanes squandered a two-goal first period lead with poor special teams play. Carolina allowed a power play goal 30 seconds into the period, then seconds after failing on its sixth power play, Brad Boyes scored on a breakaway after exiting the penalty box to tie the score heading into the third.

The Canes were 1-for-32 with the man advantage over the last 14-plus periods before cashing in on Brind'Amour's game-tying score after Boston took consecutive penalties for too many men on the ice, delay of game and interference.

Staal appeared to gain the puck in the offensive zone in overtime before getting his stick tangled in the feet of Boston defenseman Paul Maura, who went tumbling to the ice. Chara then won it 56 seconds into the Staal penalty.

"He's battling for a puck and he got the puck and while he was taking the puck the guy's feet were in the way," coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought it was a tough call for overtime because he came up with the puck."

Erik Cole could have had a hat trick midway through the second, but some choppy ice caused the puck to bounce on his breakaway and he fanned on the shot.

Cole's opportunity was one of a number of prime scoring chances that didn't register in the second for Carolina, a period in which the Canes had 19 shots yet allowed two goals.

"That's frustrating," said Laviolette. "Then you come out and want pick up where you left off to start the third period and we've got to start with a four-minute kill for a high stick."

"We must have had 15 scoring chances in the second period, something ridiculous," added David Tanabe. "It just seems like it has been going like that lately."

The Bruins had an 11-0 lead in shots in the third before Carolina was able to put one on net, but by then Glen Murray had given the Bruins a 3-2 lead. Cole also took a four-minute high-sticking penalty later in the third.

"It seems like every time we make a mistake it's in our net," said Brind'Amour. "It just doesn't seem like we're getting the big play when we need it - power play, penalty kill, whatever it is.

"It's tough because this is testing us," the captain added. "Tonight was a good effort, the other night was a good game. I look at scoring chances and we've had great chances for and against. That means you're dominating the game, but we're not finishing."

Carolina, with just four goals in its recent three-game skid, got two in the first from Cole. One came in typical Cole fashion where he out-raced a Boston defenseman down the wing and slipped a shot between the legs of Tim Thomas.

Cole's 24th and second of the game came from hard work. Dennis Seidenberg gloved a puck down and got a shot in close on Thomas, who couldn't control the rebound. The puck got lost under in a crowd of players before Cole dug it out after a few attempts and fired it up high over a prone Thomas.

The Hurricanes scored first for just the 21st time this season in 55 games.

Boston did hit the post twice in the first to continue its scoring slump with Phil Kessel clinging one off the iron just 3:21 in that would have given the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Cole then scored just 15 seconds later.

Eric Belanger, in a scoring slump with one goal in his last 18 games, was a healthy scratch for the first time this season as were defensemen Anton Babchuk and Andrew Hutchinson.

"We showed some positives," said Cam Ward. "We've got to keep working at the power play and plugging away and sooner or later we'll be able to cash some in. Special teams are such a big part of the game now that you've got to be successful at them."

The Canes now hit the road for a three-game swing to Montreal, Boston and Minnesota as the Eastern Conference playoff races tightens up for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

"We need a win, it doesn't matter if it's home or away," said Laviolette.

David Droschak is the former sports editor for the North Carolina bureaus of the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering organization in the world. In 2003, Droschak was named the North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year. The only writer in the Triangle to have covered the Carolina Hurricanes every season since the organization moved to North Carolina, he currently is a principal in the Raleigh-based public relations firm Hughes-Droschak Communications.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:36
CAR
Erik Cole (23) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 CAR
18:26
CAR
Erik Cole (24) ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (6), Eric Staal (24)
2 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
00:30
BOS
PPG - Glen Murray (25) ASST: P.J. Axelsson (12), Zdeno Chara (25)
2 - 1 CAR
19:07
BOS
Brad Boyes (9) ASST: Marc Savard (47)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
06:38
BOS
Glen Murray (26) ASST: Zdeno Chara (26), Paul Mara (14)
3 - 2 BOS
16:48
CAR
PPG - Rod Brind'Amour (15) ASST: Ray Whitney (38), Cory Stillman (13)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
01:49
BOS
PPG - Zdeno Chara (9) ASST: Marc Savard (48)
4 - 3 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
06:13
BOS
Shean Donovan  Holding against  Dennis Seidenberg
12:57
BOS
Wayne Primeau  Slashing against  Ray Whitney
15:15
BOS
Marc Savard  Roughing against  Craig Adams
15:15
CAR
Craig Adams  Roughing against  Marc Savard
17:10
CAR
Glen Wesley  Holding against  Petr Tenkrat
18:07
BOS
P.J. Axelsson  Holding against  Niclas Wallin
18:40
CAR
Bret Hedican  Hooking against  Marc Savard
2nd Period
03:31
CAR
David Tanabe  Tripping against  Patrice Bergeron
08:17
BOS
Wayne Primeau  Tripping against  Justin Williams
11:06
BOS
Phil Kessel  Hooking against  Trevor Letowski
13:54
BOS
Marc Savard  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Tim Gleason
13:54
CAR
Tim Gleason  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Marc Savard
15:16
BOS
P.J. Axelsson  Hooking against  Scott Walker
17:02
BOS
Brad Boyes  Too many men on the ice
3rd Period
00:13
CAR
Justin Williams  Hi-sticking against  Brad Boyes
00:13
CAR
Justin Williams  Hi-sticking against  Brad Boyes
02:03
BOS
Marc Savard  Hooking against  Craig Adams
08:07
BOS
Wayne Primeau  Holding the stick against  Erik Cole
10:14
CAR
Erik Cole  Hi-sticking against  Zdeno Chara
10:14
CAR
Erik Cole  Hi-sticking against  Zdeno Chara
13:47
BOS
Phil Kessel  Too many men on the ice
14:59
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
15:44
BOS
Brad Stuart  Interference against  Ray Whitney
OT Period
00:44
CAR
Eric Staal  Tripping against  Paul Mara
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 37TOI: 61:44
Saves: 34EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .919SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
SA: 33TOI: 61:29
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0