Bruins Wrap: Wasted Power Play Opportunities Doom Boston

Boston dropped its third straight


Jan 29, 2023

The Boston Bruins lost their third consecutive game Sunday, suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

The B’s fell to 38-7-5 on the season with the loss, while the Canes improved to 32-9-8.

Check out the full box score here.

The Bruins can beat anyone in the National Hockey League, but not when they go 0-for-4 on the power play and register just 25 shots in a game.

As it has been throughout its three-game losing streak, Boston could best be described as disjointed Sunday afternoon. While the Hurricanes were very good, it felt as though the Bruins continuously shot themselves in the foot and wasted away any opportunity that presented itself.

David Pastrnak, in particular, was far from his usual self. On two separate power-play opportunities, Pastrnak was sprung on a breakaway but failed to get a shot off. That’s unacceptable from one of the NHL’s best snipers.

By the time the Bruins did start to put together extended time in the offensive zone, they were already down three goals. That isn’t a recipe for success, even for the best team in the league.

— Frederik Andersen was superb when he actually faced shots, making 24 saves on 25 opportunities.

— Sebastian Aho opened up the scoring for the Hurricanes, his seventh tally in four games.

— Pavel Zacha scored another goal for Boston, his fifth in the eight games since signing a contract extension.

Carolina was given -110 odds by DraftKings Sportsbook to come away with the win. A $100 bet would have netted a payout of $190.91.

The Bruins will cap off a five-game road trip when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET from Scotiabank Arena. You can watch the game, plus an hour of pregame coverage, on NESN.

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