Bruins lose cool, game to Hurricanes

Horton/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — The Bruins accumulated 72 penalty penalty minutes last night en route to a 4-1 loss to Carolina at TD Garden.

Here’s my game story from NHL.com.

Among the Bruins’ penalties was a double-minor against Nathan Horton for roughing that put the Bruins down two men after they had just cut the lead to 2-1 on a Rich Peverley goal.

Horton also earned a 10-minute misconduct. Before the night was out, head coach Claude Julien, and forwards Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic also earned 10-minute penalties that ended their nigh early. In the second period, Zdeno Chara earned 17 penalty minutes for getting involved in a potential altercation between Horton and Jay Harrison.

I addressed the Bruins’ discipline problems in my column for CBS Boston. The bottom line is, this team needs to do a much better job of channeling its frustrations. The Bruins talked all offseason about how opponents were going to bring their ‘A’ game. Well part of that is trying to gain a psychological or physical edge by any means necessary. If the Bruins are going to be goaded into every little skirmish, regardless of the willingness of the opponent or the situation in the game, this is going to be a long season.

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