Groundhog Day: Canes sweep B's

BOSTON -- The Bruins had to be feeling like Phil, Bill Murray's character in the 1993 comedy "Groundhog Day," as they were beat for a fourth straight time by the Hurricanes and swept for the season series. Cam Ward was sensational against Boston once again, making 47 saves in the 3-0 shutout.

Many in attendance were left wondering how Carolina, which sits last in the Eastern Conference even after winning Thursday, seems to have the secret to beating the defending Stanley Cup champions.

"Obviously Ward has had their number but really I don't know, it's a mystery," one NHL scout told ESPNBoston.com as the seconds wound down in a game the Bruins will do their best to learn from.

But while the Bruins were by no means brushing aside the Hurricanes' performance, they seemed to have a good grasp on why Carolina was again able to beat them.

"Well if they did I'm not going to tell you," defenseman Andrew Ference said with a laugh when asked if the Hurricanes had the perfect game plan against the Bruins. "I think there's a combination. The teams are -- it's very cliché and it probably gets used too much -- but the teams are very close to each other night in and night out and if they're not sharp, and if you're not playing really good hockey, you can get beat. ... I don't think we played our best, and in this league if you're not at your best you definitely leave yourself open to be beaten."

Fellow rearguard Dennis Seidenberg echoed his teammate's sentiments.

"Well, just like the first three games, they're working really hard," Seidenberg said. "They're disrupting our breakouts, they're hard on us, and we just don't seem to find a way to get our game going. But, it all has to do with us being strong mentally and executing out on the ice."

Both Seidenberg and Ference said the Bruins hurt themselves by not getting rebounds and second chances.

"There were a lot of shots. But if a goalie sees the pucks, most of the time he stops them," Seidenberg said. "We just didn't do a good enough job to get in front of him and get those rebounds and put them in."

Ference concurred, saying, "Despite the number of shots, the second opportunities are the ones you usually score on, on a good goalie like that. ... If you can't win those races and the battles to the puck and second opportunities, it's going to be a high shot count but not necessarily that really good quality on those second chances."