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Bruins Let Frustration Get the Best of Them, Lose to Hurricanes: Fan Reaction
The Boston Bruins have had a disappointing start to the 2011-12 season and their October 18 matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes turned into a flashpoint for their frustrations. The Bruins have only two wins through their first six games and the entirety of their struggles can be attributed to a lack of scoring. An injury to first line center David Krejci(notes) hasn't helped matters, but they haven't exactly been starved for scoring opportunities. The Bruins are putting more than 30 shots on goal per game and they've had their fair share of bad luck, catching plenty of iron without crossing the goal line.
Entering their tilt with the Hurricanes, the Bruins had the fourth lowest scoring average in the NHL and goalie Cam Ward(notes) wasn't interested in changing that. Despite dominating the first-half of action, the Bruins didn't score until mid-way through the third period and their ensuing frustration boiled over. Boston picked up more than an hour of penalty time as the gloves kept dropping. Zdeno Chara(notes), Nathan Horton(notes), Brad Marchand(notes), Milan Lucic(notes) and even coach Claude Julien took misconduct calls as the referees lost control of the game.
The Hurricanes put the Bruins on the defensive early, taking advantage of a loose puck in front of the Bruins' net to make it 1-0 just 2:47 into the game. Ward fended off a handful of big scoring chances by the Bruins over the first six minutes of action. Patrice Bergeron(notes) found Marchand and Rich Peverley(notes) for clean looks at the crease; later, Lucic broke open in front of the defensemen for a wide open wrist shot, but Ward slammed the door on all of them.
Halfway into the third period, Rich Peverley ended a Bruins power play scoring drought that spanned 22 man advantages. His third goal of the year cut a two-goal deficit to one, but Boston proved susceptible to Carolina's baiting and wound up beating themselves. The Bruins then spent most of the 21st century trying to kill a never-ending series of 5-on-3 power plays. Goalie Tuukka Rask(notes) finished with four goals allowed, but he deserved a better fate than the nearly ten minutes of shorthanded work he was handed; the Hurricanes scored twice during that stretch.
The defending Stanley Cup Champions played frustrated, and they should be frustrated because they're a far better team than their 2-4 record. Their next chance to prove it comes on Thursday, October 20, against the 3-0-1 Toronto Maple Leafs.
Carolina at Boston, October 18, 2011, Yahoo! Sports
William Menna is a native New Englander and longtime Boston sports fan.
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