Recap: Beleskey Nets Two vs. Hurricanes – Bruins win!

For the first time since 2006, the Bruins decided to have a father-son road trip. Even the crunchiest curmudgeon who doesn’t care about off-ice stuff (that would be me) couldn’t deny that it was adorable. Luckily, all the parents and grandparents present were able to see a Bruins win (because it was a road game, obviously).

Carolina was on the back end of a back-to-back, with McClement, Nestrasil, and Justin Faulk sitting out due to various injuries. The Bruins scratched hot dog Max Talbot, everyone’s other favorite last overall pick Zach Trotman, and bruising-yet-occasionally-scoring Tyler Randell.

Alternate captain and perfect human being Patrice Bergeron was playing in his 800th game. I remember watching his first – I feel so ancient.

The start was pretty ho-hum, but His Excellency Saint Patrice Bergeron opened up the scoring at 10:26, after Cam Ward made a questionable pass from behind the net to Canes blueliner Jaccob Slavin, who tried flicking the puck up the boards but instead bounced it off of Brett Connolly, turning it over. Bergy pounced and chipped the puck over Ward, who had just dropped to his knees, for the goal.

Bergy politely teaches Cam Ward about bad passing:

So dreamy. Bergy and Mary Poppins have a lot in common.
practically perfect

Grand-père Bergeron is very proud of his little buddy:

Only two minutes later, formerly-maligned free agent signing Matt “Popeye” Beleskey scored a gorgeous goal on a fantastic individual effort. Skating up the left wing, he made a self-pass around Michal Jordan (not that Carolina Jordan), and beat Ward, glove side, far post. It was a beauty.

That’s five goals in four games for The Forward Nobody Wanted To Sign Who Actually Does Everything Right™. I could watch this guy play all day – he busts his ass out there. Hard work, every day.
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…but I digress. Jimmy “Causeway” Hayes, on his friend Popeye:

The second period was back and forth – some good chances both ways, but luckily the Flying Finnish King was good enough to overcome the Failing Flailing Defense. The Bruins got a lot of offensive zone time, but couldn’t make anything happen. Canes outshot them 10-6.

Early in the third, the Whalercanes cut the Bruins’ lead in half after David Pastrnak landed in the box, assessed with a minor for holding. Rookie stud defenseman (and BC Eagle alum, ugh) Noah Hanifin scored with a wide shot from the blueline that bounced back toward the post, hit Kevan Miller, and beat Rask. It was a fluky one for sure.

About three minutes later, Beleskey again upped the ante, with a one timer wrist shot coming from a smooth Ryan Spooner pass from the crease (Spooner forced a turnover behind the net).

There was some back and forth play, and Zac Rinaldo landed in the box for interference on Brett Pesce. The Hurricanes obviously got extended zone time, but Rask stood tall, making a couple consecutive great saves on former Bruin Kris Versteeg. With 2.5 minutes remaining, Carolina pulled Ward for the extra skater. Viktor “Yes, I’m Tuukka’s cousin, remember?” Rask used trickery to get up close to get a wrister off from the slot. He couldn’t pull the wool over Tuukka’s eyes, though, and the save was made.

impostor “cousin” Viktor Rask

With 14 seconds remaining, Brad Marchand jumped on a loose puck, and flung it into the empty net for the Bruins’ fourth goal. It was obvious he felt bad for depriving Beleskey of a hat trick, but then adorable fatherly happiness ensued, and we all forgot how cruel and heartless the Little Ball of Hate can be. Bruins win, 4-1. Woo!

baloo and mowgli dance
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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin

Just to make this VERY clear.

Attendance for Cane games is brutal. They have very few season ticket holders. The few that they do have always sell their tickets against big market teams. They know they can get some of their money back. That’s why Bruin fans so out numbered Cane fans.


Canes fans:

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suck it whinny canes fans. Work hard to cheer on your team.

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This just confirms that we need to take a roadtrip to Carolina for Bruins-Canes game. Do they want congeniality? Maybe they should support their team by filling the arena.

Miss Muse

Tickets probably wouldn’t be that obnoxiously priced, either.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin

Tickets on secondary market were going for 35% of face value.

Miss Muse

Ha ha great recap!

I love the jokes Jack and Brick made about Michal Jordon during the game “Why isn’t he wearing number 23?!” After the second Beleskey goal: “Oh that’s why he isn’t wearing 23!”

I’m with you on Beleskey. I think he’s great, and I am saying this without even considering Karl. smile

Kills me that Viktor Rask is Swedish. I think Tuukka has a dark family secret that fuels his hatred of Swedes. grin

Did you see Beleskey with his arm around Marshy’s…neck after the ENG? grin

I don’t care if it’s a road game against a lesser opponent. We’re getting into every point counts now territory and it was a solid win.


Great to see TFNWTSWADER getting rewarded with goals lately. He’s already tied his high for points in a season. Plenty more to come from him.


It’s impressive how well the Bruins fans travel. It is not uncommon for them to make themselves known in other teams’ barns such as Arizona or Colorado, and occasionally Sunrise (though it only takes ~4 fans for that last one because the Fancy Cats attendance numbers are usually so poor)


There are a lot of New England transplants working in the tech sector in Charlotte/Research Triangle Park, as well as a lot in the Raleigh-Durham area.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin

And doctors in the Triangle (Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point)