The Bruins put up an early candidate for their worst loss of the season Tuesday as they lost an ugly one to the Hurricanes, 4-1, and saw their season record drop to 2-4-0.
As the game wore on, the Bruins became increasingly frustrated, leading to, among other things, a game misconduct for coach Claude Julien in the final minutes.
The Hurricanes received goals from Anthony Stewart, Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu, with Rich Peverley scoring the Bruins' lone goal. Stewart has scored both of his goals this season again the Bruins.
Tuukka Rask has lost both games he's started, with Cam Ward receiving the win for the Hurricanes.
On a night that featured instances of Nathan Horton taking whacks at Carolina players and the likes of Shawn Thornton being turned down in his requests to dance (Thornton practically begged Tim Gleason), the teams finally came to blows more than halfway through the second period. Horton got tangled up with Jay Harrison before Zdeno Chara came in and began pounding the Hurricanes defenseman. Chara then had a nose-to-nose encounter with Ward, which caused Rask to skate the length of the ice to challenge the Hurricanes netminder. Ward declined, and Rask was assessed a minor penalty for leaving the crease.
Chara racked up 17 penalty minutes on the play, as he got an instigator and 10-minute misconduct in addition to his fighting major. Horton received a roughing minor, with Harrison, like Chara, getting a fighting major. After all the penalties, the Bruins were forced to kill off a 5-on-3.
Fisticuffs occurred again halfway through the third period, when Lucic tried to fight Gleason before Chris Kelly eventually fought Brett Sutter, who had injured Joe Corvo earlier in the game. Minutes later, Nathan Horton threw Gleason to the ice after Gleason kept his gloves on and clearly was not interested in fighting. Horton was assed a double-minor for roughing as well as a 10-minute game misconduct, ending his night.
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