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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins had a rough weekend they’d like to forget as they dropped their third game in a row at the PNC Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes’ are hot on the Bruins’ heels in the league standings and tonight was the better team. Bad turnovers, sloppy giveaways, and the inability to take advantage during the power play have hit a mentally tired Bruins team who have played their second set of back-to-back games this month.


The B’s had an energetic start to open the first period however as the game wore on, their level of gameplay diminished as frustration set it in. A stolen puck from David Pastrnak proved costly for the team as Sebastion Aho scored his 21st goal of the season, giving the Canes a 1-0 lead.

Both teams were short-handed during the first period with Nick Foligno sitting in the box on a slashing penalty against Martin Nicas. Sebastian Aho sat out on an interference penalty against David Pastrnak. The period would end with the Hurricanes ahead 1-0.

Carolina was short-handed to start the second period when Brady Skjei was called for interference against Nick Foligno. Other Canes penalties included a delay of game (Brett Pesce) and tripping (Calvin de Hann). Boston’s Derek Forbort sat out on a cross-checking infraction against Jalen Chatfield.

Not long after Forbort’s penalty, a scuffle broke out in front of the Carolina net that unfortunately led to penalties between Brad Marchand and Andrei Svechnikov. With the Canes still on the power play, Paul Stastny made it 2-0, scoring his fourth of the season.

In the first few moments of the final period, Seth Jarvis extended Carolina’s lead to 3-0, scoring on the breakaway after picking the puck off of Brandon Carlo. Boston would finally get on the scoreboard with Taylor Hall tipping in the puck from an initial shot by Pavel Zacha (the goal was initially credited to Zacha but was changed to Hall).

With a little over five minutes left the B’s would once again be on the power play. In a last-ditch effort, Boston’s Linus Ullmark would be pulled giving the B’s a six-on-four-man advantage. As luck would have it, the Hurricane’s Jordan Staal would score a shorthanded empty-netter giving the team a 4-1 lead.



The Bruins would lose their second game in a back-to-back. It also marked their third loss in a row on a four-game road trip. Frederick Andersen made 24 saves extending the team’s win streak to five games; Boston’s Linus Ullmark made 32 saves. The B’s are now 38-7-5 while Carolina is 32-9-8.

NEXT GAME: Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, February 1st with puck drop at 7:30 PM.