November 27, 2022

November 23, 2022;  Sunrise, Florida, USA;  Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) celebrates after scoring during the first period against the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins will be looking to bounce back from a rare loss when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday afternoon.

Boston faced little adversity on its way to the top of the NHL standings. Now the Bruins are looking to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season against a team they’ve played with in three of the last four playoffs.

Wednesday’s 5-2 loss at Florida snapped the Bruins’ seven-game winning streak and was the most lopsided of their three road losses.

“When you’re very successful, sometimes what you preach falls on deaf ears,” Boston coach Jim Montgomery said. “We didn’t push that much, but the turnovers and taking too many minor penalties, not using our feet and our sticks well enough to stop taking minor penalties.”

Defenseman Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak each scored a goal for the Bruins, who allowed three power-play goals against the Panthers. Boston has conceded a power-play goal in five consecutive games.

“We’ve been a little unruly this year,” said forward Brad Marchand. “He bit us in the butt (Wednesday).”

After his 5-on-3 goal on Wednesday, McAvoy has 10 points in seven games this season. The only Bruins defensemen to reach that mark in less time are Hall of Famers Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque.

McAvoy has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in his last five games. That’s more than any NHL player in the same span except Pittsburgh Penguins superstar captain Sidney Crosby (11 points).

“(McAvoy) just uses his God-given ability to make things happen,” Montgomery said. “He can skate right next to the forwards. He has confidence where he would look, whether he’s looking (Matt Grzelcyk) or in the crack… he’s up against the wall and he’s making things happen.

The Bruins are two games in seven games in which they also face the last two Stanley Cup champions in Tampa Bay and Colorado (twice each), defending Presidents’ Trophy winner Florida and Conference leader Vegas. from West.

Carolina heads to Beantown after a four-game losing streak (0-1-3), including Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

The Hurricanes are 1-2-3 in their last six games and were shut out for the second time this season. They had previously won five straight games against Arizona.

“It’s frustrating,” Carolina captain Jordan Staal said. “The puck doesn’t go in. We find small ways to fight. … I think there is a lot to improve and a lot to improve. It’s going to have to start soon. »

Staal and teammates Jesper Fast and Jordan Martinook haven’t scored a point in four straight games.

Carolina’s power play, ranked 30th, is also experiencing a dry spell. It’s 0 for 20 over the last six games.

“If your power play lasts, you can ride out the storm when you don’t score five-on-five,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Sometimes you have to set fat, ugly goals, and we don’t get them.”

Antti Raanta was expected to start in goal on Wednesday, but Brind’Amour said during morning practice that he “got a gash”.

As a result, Pyotr Kochetkov has now played three games in a row. His 24 saves included a save at bat over Arizona’s Travis Boyd.

Earlier Wednesday, Kochetkov signed a four-year, $8 million contract extension to stay with Carolina.

–Field level media

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