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Saturday, April 13th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Bruins (26-10-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (16-22-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Playing without their top two scorers on Thursday, it
wasn't much of a surprise that the Boston Bruins failed to log a third
Likely without Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron again on Saturday night, the
Bruins hope that the Carolina Hurricanes' recent struggles can serve as the
equalizer as the clubs get together at PNC Arena.
Though Boston lost for just the second time in its last seven games with a 2-1
setback to the New York Islanders on Thursday, it still cost the team in the
standings. The Bruins fell a point behind the Montreal Canadiens for first
place in the Northeast Division after the Habs picked up a win over the
Buffalo Sabres the same night.
Montreal and Boston both have eight games to play and the Canadiens are
visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The Habs also officially
clinched a playoff spot thanks to their victory, something the Bruins could
have also done with a point versus the Islanders.
Instead, New York's Josh Bailey scored twice to hand the Bruins their first
home loss in regulation since March 3 (8-1-1).
Tyler Seguin had a power-play goal and Tuukka Rask made 34 saves in defeat for
the Bruins, who were without Marchand and Bergeron due to concussions.
Marchand suffered his head injury in Wednesday's win over the Islanders, while
Bergeron has missed the past five.
"We're doing our best to find chemistry, realizing that when they come back,
we're going to be a better team," Bruins center Gregory Campbell said
Bergeron was scheduled to travel with the Bruins to Carolina, but is unlikely
to play. He is tied for second on Boston with 31 points, while Marchand is
tops with 16 goals and 33 points.
Boston has three road games left on the season and begins a four-game
homestand on Monday.
First, the Bruins will try to sweep their three-game season series with the
Hurricanes, who won all four meetings between the clubs last season. Boston
has won seven of its last 10 in Carolina.
The Hurricanes were contenders to win the Southeast Division a month ago, but
have lost seven straight and 14 of their last 15 to fall into 14th place in
the Eastern Conference. The fading club is 10 points back of a playoff spot
with eight games to go.
Carolina, which hasn't lost eight in a row since an 0-10-4 skid from Oct. 10-
Nov. 13, 2009, is coming off a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on
Thursday. Jeff Skinner had the lone goal for the Hurricanes and Justin Peters
made 28 saves.
"We did a good job, guys sticking up for each other, guys fighting to the
end," said Skinner. "Everyone wants to win in here. I think you can see it by
that effort in the third."
Carolina has lost eight straight at home and is just 7-13-0 as the hosting
team this season.
04/13 10:16:37 ET