By all the accounts, the Carolina Hurricanes were supposed to be a different team in these playoffs, and really since March, than the one the Boston Bruins dominated in four regular-season meetings.
But as Luke Decock points out in the News & Observer, the team reverted to its old ways in Game 1 of its Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Bruins last night.
“The first 30 minutes, we played a pretty good game, and it was 1-1,” forward Jussi Jokinen was quoted by Decock. “We have some great chances, and then they got that 2-1 (lead), and after that they were the better team.
“We started to cheat too much and did some stupid things. The second half, we didn’t play as well. When they got their second goal, we began to panic for some reason.”
So now the ‘Canes will have to do what they did in their first-round series with New Jersey: regroup after a 4-1 Game 1 loss. That might be difficult because the Bruins didn’t even play their best game, particularly in the physical department — where Carolina was expecting even more hitting. But Carolina will undoubtedly make its adjustments, including some line changes, and maybe play with a little more of edge itself. We’ll find out what the Hurricanes come up with in Game 2 Sunday night.