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Bruins-Hurricanes: Game Three Recap

RALEIGH, NC - MAY 06:  Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Carolina Hurricanes during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at RBC Center on May 6, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Jim LopesContributor IMay 7, 2009

After a dissapointing Game Three overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricane, the Boston Bruins remain in Carolina, where they will play Game Four of the series on Friday Night. 

The Boston Bruins did everything right in period number one of Game Three.  They moved the puck well, kept the puck out of their zone for the most part, and—maybe most impressive of all—they stayed out of the penalty box.

Period number two, on the other hand, was a different story.  The Bruins made two crucial turnovers in their own zone, which led to the Canes' getting two cheap goals within a minute and nine seconds.  The B's were once looking at heading into the third period up a goal, but instead headed in down a goal. 

The third period looked more like the first for the B's.  They made some great adjustments and soon got rewarded for their great play, with a redirected shot from Chuck Kobasew, off Recchi's stick and past Cam Ward.

The B's took that momentum into OT, where they go two very good looks at the net, but could not capitalize early on. With the puck in their own zone, Steve Montador attempted to clear the zone with a hard pounce, but whiffed on the puck.  Former Bruin Sergi Samsonov took advantage and penetrated the defense, feeding the puck to Jussi Jokinen for the open-net wrister.

Down two games to one, the Bruins are looking to avoid going down 3-1.  They know the difference is tremendous between 3-1, and tied at 2-2, and I am sure that head coach Claude Julien will have his team ready to play all sixty minutes—the way they did in Game One of this series.

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