By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Bruins were truly in the Christmas spirit on Sunday.
Undeniably to a fault, in fact, gifting the Fake Whalers (Carolina Hurricanes) goals aplenty in a 5-3 loss at PNC Arena.
Something only made more frustrating by a start that saw the Black and Gold score two goals on the Hurricanes’ Petr Mrazek in the opening 8:56 of the first period. Opened up by Ryan Donato’s power-play strike (aided by Trevor vans Riemsdyk), the Bruins jumped out to a two-goal edge when Steven Kampfer ripped an absolute laser just 6:16 later.
But Charlie McAvoy palmed a puck into his own net before the end of the period, and the Bruins opened up the second period by surrendering three goals in an 11:47 stretch to put themselves in a two-goal deficit.
In fairness, McAvoy was kinda mugged here pic.twitter.com/47vEs4tcSo— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 23, 2018
Donato would snipe home a goal before the end of the middle stanza, though, good for the first two-goal game of his NHL career, and enough to bring the B’s within one entering the third period.
Boston’s hopes for a comeback were dashed on a misplay by Tuukka Rask during a B’s power-play opportunity, though, as he failed to corral a puck behind his net, allowing Teuvo Teravainen to collect his easiest goal of the season.
This game, in a word? Grosser than your home rink being a mall.
McAvoy had a downright horrendous game, directly giving the puck away for two goals against, and finishing his night with a minus-4 in 21:28. And Rask laid an egg, with stops on just 32 of 37 shots thrown his way.
The Bruins will now go through their holiday break before returning to the rink Thursday night against the Devils.