The way things have been going for the Boston Bruins of late, it's no surprise their misfortunes continued Saturday night when former Bruin Joe Corvo scored a power-play goal 9:36 of the third period to help the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-2 win at PNC Arena.
After Boston dominated Carolina 6-2 on Monday at TD Garden, the Hurricanes played a more aggressive game and kept the Bruins from gaining the top spot in the Northeast Division.
Carolina's Jiri Tlusty scored a pair of goals (one empty net), while Jeff Skinner and Corvo added the others. The Bruins' Milan Lucic scored, and Tyler Seguin added Boston's other goal. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask finished with 32 saves.
The Bruins sustained a solid forecheck and scored first when Lucic deflected in Matt Bartkowski's offering from the left point and beat Carolina goaltender Justin Peters for a 1-0 lead at 6:07 of the first period.
Just when it seemed the Bruins would enter the first intermission with the lead, the Hurricanes capitalized on the power play with 35.3 seconds remaining to tie the game at 1-1 when Jeff Skinner snuck it past Rask.
The Hurricanes gained a 2-1 advantage at 14:04 of the second period when Jiri Tlusty beat Rask to the short side after Carolina's sustained pressure in the offensive zone. It was a shot Rask should have stopped, but his teammates responded and tied the game at 2-2 when Seguin notched his 15th of the season by beating Peters to the top right glove side at 17:57 of the period.
Corvo's power-play goal proved to be the game winner at 9:36 of the third period. Tlusty added the empty-netter for a 4-2 final.
SAVE OF THE GAME: Peters made an incredible glove save on the Bruins' Jaromir Jagr at 10:13 of the second period. With the game tied 1-1, Boston had a power play when Jagr received a pass on the off post with an open net, but Peters snared the snap shot to stifle the attack.
SODERBERG SIGNS: Prior to Saturday's game, the Bruins announced the signing of forward Carl Soderberg to a three-year, one-way contract through the 2014-15 season. The 27-year-old will join the team on Wednesday and will be eligible for the remainder of the regular season and the Stanley Cup playoffs. His salary is worth an annual cap figure of $1 million.
"We are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "I would like to thank the president of the Linkoping hockey club, Mike Helber and their GM, Johan Hemlin, in playing a significant part in allowing Carl to play for the Boston Bruins. Carl is a big strong two-way center who can also play wing. We look forward to him joining our team this week."
In 54 games this season with Linkoping HC of the Swedish Elite League, he posted 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points, including a plus-18 rating. The Bruins originally acquired Soderberg from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goaltender Hannu Toivonen in July 2007.
DROP ‘EM: There were plenty of fisticuffs in the first period. The Bruins' Shawn Thornton first dropped the gloves with the Hurricanes' Kevin Westgarth at 14:14. Then at 18:41 of the period, Carolina's Jay Harrison jumped the Bruins' Zdeno Chara during a scrum and the two went toe-to-toe. In the waning seconds of the period, Boston's Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Carolina's Nicolas Blanchard.
UP NEXT: The Bruins return home for four games, beginning Monday against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Boston will then host the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, respectively.