After being shut out Monday, the Bruins failed to score for the first 44 minutes Wednesday night on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Although they wound up scoring two third-period goals, they were never able to catch the ‘Canes en route to a 3-2 loss, which dropped them to 1-3- on the season.
Carolina is now 1-2-1 on the year.
Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand scored the Bruins’ goals. Carolina got goals from Joni Pitkanen, Anthony Stewart and Jiri Tlusty. Cam Ward was brilliant in the ‘Canes net with 26 saves on 28 shots.
Here are a few quick notes:
•Already without No. 1 center David Krejci, the Bruins lost defenseman Adam McQuaid in the third period. McQuaid crashed into the end boards under his own power and did not return to the game once he was able to get off the ice.
•Seguin filled in admirably for Krejci, with a goal among his four shots on net. If Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton could just finish, this would’ve been a different game.
•Of course, when the first line’s not scoring, it helps to have a potent power play. The Bruins, however, were 0-for-5 and barely generated momentum, never mind scoring chances, on their man advantages. Patrice Bergeron moved up front without Krejci. Johnny Boychuk got on one of the units and got a couple shots through on net. But there was just no activity around the net to cash in on tips or rebounds.
•Benoit Pouliot earned a couple shifts on a line with Bergeron and Marchand in the third. He looked pretty active again in just 10:05 of ice time. Maybe it’s time to get his big body onto the power play.
•This is not a misprint: Tomas Kaberle, the former gun-shy Bruins blueliner, fired three — yes, three! — shots on net.
•With former Bruins head coach Dave Lewis now behind Carolina’s bench as an assistant, it shouldn’t be a surprise Carolina was called for too many men on the ice twice. The Bruins led the world in that infraction under Lewis.
•Bryan Allen blocked seven shots for Carolina, which registered 22 blocks as a team.