Boston Bruins earn home win over Carolina Hurricanes after losses to Toronto and Montreal on the road
The Boston Bruins opened a quick two-game homestand this week with a win on Saturday but suffered two devastating losses on the road in back-to-back games in Canada on Wednesday and Thursday against division rivals.
The team has been plagued by injuries over the past several weeks, including a knee injury to captain Zdeno Chara, a shoulder injury to defenseman Kevan Miller, a groin strain to defenseman David Warsofsky and an undisclosed injury that has left center and alternate captain David Krejci playing on a day-to-day basis.
Boston saw defenseman Torrey Krug return from injury on Nov. 10, but he was unable to help the team earn a win on the road.
The Bruins started their Canadian road trip in Toronto on Wednesday. The Maple Leafs started the game with a goal six minutes and 46 seconds into the game by forward Phil Kessel. The rest of the period remained scoreless for both teams.
The majority of the scoring occurred during the second period, starting with another goal by Kessel just 18 seconds into the period.
Just a minute and a half later, Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly followed up with another goal to give the hosts a 3-0 lead. The Leafs went on to score two power play goals at 3:32 and 9:51of the period, putting the Maple Leafs ahead 5-0. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was replaced after he allowed four goals on just 16 shots.
The Bruins finally answered with a goal 14:16 into the second period after forward Riley Smith had a goal disallowed.
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg ripped a shot past the Leafs keeper to cut the lead to 5-1, but the deficit was too large to overcome.
The Leafs sealed their win in the third period with one last power-play goal. Center Peter Holland scored 7:21 into the third, earning the final score at 6-1 in favor of the Maple Leafs.
Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre was not much better for the Bruins, as they fell 5-1 to the leaders of the Northeast Division. Goaltender Niklas Svedberg was placed in goal for the Bruins and squared off against Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.
Although Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored the only goal of the first period at 16:04 on a power play, the Canadiens dominated the remainder of the game between the longtime rivals.
Montreal began their scoring streak in the second period when Canadiens forward Dale Weise scored on a penalty shot two minutes into the period.
Canadiens center Lars Eller and forward Max Pacioretty scored two more goals during the second period at 12:00 and 14:57, respectively.
Pacioretty scored again during the third period, netting a goal just 5:09 into the period.
Montreal forward Jiri Sekac scored the last goal of the game on the power play 14:06 into the game, leaving the final score at 5-1 in favor of the Canadiens.
The Bruins finished off the week with a win against the Carolina Hurricanes during a Saturday matinee at TD Garden.
The Bruins got all the scoring they would need in the first period.
Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty put the Hurricanes on the scoreboard at 7:05, but the Bruins answered with a goal at 14:24.
Center Patrice Bergeron sealed the Bruins’ win at 19:10, with an assist from forward Brad Marchand and Seidenberg.
The Bruins will take on the St. Louis Blues tonight at 7 p.m. at TD Garden before traveling to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Blue Jackets on Friday night.