Bruins come out flat, lose to Canes in shootout

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For the third game in a row, the Boston Bruins have lost in extra time as the Carolina Hurricanes earned a 2-1 shootout win this afternoon. While the margin might have been razor thin, it’s hard for the Bruins to be satisfied with what happened.

“I feel like I’ve spent a little too much time talking about things, and defending myself on things. Enough with the talking, and it’s time to start playing the way I know I can,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic told CSN New England before the start of the contest. Then Boston proceeded to have one of its worst starts in recent memory.

The Bruins didn’t even register a shot on goal until 16:55 minutes into the game and were outshot 14-4 in the first period. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask kept them in the game though and Patrice Bergeron found the back of the net in a comparatively better second period.

The Bruins only managed two shots on goal in the third though and couldn’t figure out their former teammate, goaltender Anton Khudobin, in the shootout. Carolina’s Eric Staal was the only player to score in the skills competition.

With three straight overtime/shootout losses, Boston is now 19-15-6 this season. That puts them one point shy of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the second Wild Card spot. For the Hurricanes, this is their first two-game winning streak since they earned four consecutive victories from Nov. 1-7.