The Bruins lost to Carolina for the second time this season, falling 4-1 in a frustrating loss at TD Garden. The score was close for most of the contest, but penalties and sloppy Defense came back to bight the B’s in the end. Rich Peverley pulled the Bruins within 1 after his goal about halfway through the 3rd period. But the shorthanded Bruins conceded 2 Goals in the following 4 minutes to eliminate any chance for a comeback. It was a long day for the B’s. They had plenty of chances early but simply couldn’t find the back fo the net. Captain Zdeno Chara started a scrap in the 2nd to rile up the team, but Boston could not convert the added emotion into goals.
At least we got to see Chara use that long reach, throwing long punches into the faces of multiple Carolina players, even using his length to sneak in some shots over the linesman who was breaking up the scrum. It sure is fun to watch the big guy fight.
As the 3rd period wore on the B’s aggravation becoame evident. Nathan Horton was apparently harassed by Tim Gleason in such a way that prompted Horton to start a fight. But when the Bruins winger dropped his gloves, Gleason just stared at him. Horton pulled Gleason’s sweater over his head and wrangled him to the ground like a schoolyard bully. Another attempt to fire up the team that was entertaining for the fans but failed to help them get back in the game.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli appeared on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub Wednesday morning, and said that Boston has a rep for being an emotional and physical team. He believes Carolina aimed to irritate but avoid engagement with the B’s. That certainly seemed like the case, especially with the Horton incident. Harsh calls from the refs kept the Bruins shorthanded for most of the 3rd period, but that’s no excuse for this loss. The Bruins just need to score when they get chances. Hopefully the emergence of Tyler Seguin (5 points in 6 games this year) will help to boost the B’s attack.
The Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night at the Garden. Claude Julien will probably put Tim Thomas back in net, which could bring some positive energy to this frustrated team. The season is still young, the the Bruins struggles are not cause for too much concern. They simply need to learn how to focus their emotions and convert all that energy into points.