Cam Ward dazzled and the the Bruins' penalty kill was uncharacteristically poor as the Hurricanes shut out the B'sat TD Garden on Friday. 

 

The Hurricanes got power-play goals from Jeff Skinner, Tuomo Ruutu, and Jussi Jokinen in the first, second, and third periods, respectively. It was the first time this season that the Bruins, who entered the game with the league's top penalty kill, allowed three power-play goals. 

 

Wednesday's game was the ninth this season in which the B's have trailed after two periods. (AP)After Wednesday's 3-1 Bruins' win over the Panthers (recap), a couple of things seem to be happening more than one would expect this season: the B's are falling behind and overcoming it, and Brad Marchand is scoring shorthanded goals. 



Mark Recchi had a pair of goals and Tim Thomas picked up his 11th win on Wednesday in a 3-1 Bruins win over the Panthers in Florida. 

 

It was yet another game in which the B's had to fight back in the third period, as they entered the period trailing, 1-0, before they got a shorthanded tally from Brad Marchand and a pair of goals from Mark Recchi. With his two points, Recchi now has 1500 in his career, which is 13th all-time. 

 

NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. The Bruins are coming off a loss to the Lightning on Monday in which they got off to a slow start and fell 3-1. "It's a tough league, and if you're not ready to play, you're going to get beat," he said. "And the Bruins clearly weren't ready to play against Tampa. They looked as bad as they've looked all year."

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement regarding center Marc Savard on Tuesday:

 

"Today Marc passed the tests administered by Dr. Micky Collins from the Sports Medicine department at UPMC, and is now cleared for contact. Marc will rejoin the team tomorrow for morning skate in Florida. There is no time-table at this time for Marc to start playing games."

 

The NHL released the results of All-Star voting by the fans thus far, and the Bruins are far from well-represented. Penguins center Sidney Crosby leads all vote-getters with 118,755 votes, while no Bruins are currently on pace to get in via the fan vote. Patrice Bergeron is 35th among forwards with 15,020 votes, while Zdeno Chara's 41,081 votes are 10th among defensemen.

 

Given the Bruins' 7-1-0 road record entering Monday, one would think it would take a lot for a team to defeat them away from TD Garden. Luckily for the Lightning, the B's didn't give a lot in a 3-1 loss Monday night. Not 60 minutes' worth, at least. 



The Bruins became the most recent team to fall victim to Steven Stamkos and  the Lightning as they fell to Tampa Bay, 3-1, on Monday night. 

 

Michael Ryder scored the lone Bruins' goal at 10:38 of the third, with Tampa Bay getting goals from Dana Tyrell, Stamkos, and Teddy Purcell in the second period. 

 

Bruins center Marc Savard told reporters Monday that he will see a Pittsburgh concussion specialist (either Mark Lovell or Michael Collins, according to various reports), whom he called "the guru of concussions" and undergo the final test required to be cleared for full-contact on Tuesday. Savard joined his teammates in practice for the first time during Saturday's morning skate, but is still unable to give and receive contact.

 

The Bruins came back from a 3-0 deficit for the second time this season, but unlike the first time in Washington, they grabbed a point in a 4-3 shootout loss. David Krejci made his return to the Bruins' lineup after it was unknown whether he would play.