Like an ex-girlfriend from hell that won't go away, the Boston Bruins just keep rising up from the dead when you have completely counted them out.
Make no mistake, their out-of-nowhere 5-2 win last night at Carolina's RBC Center will have no correlation to a hot streak.
The much-anticipated showdown with the Penguins tomorrow night (Kill Matt Cooke!) will undoubtedly end up a dud so last night's win was simply more fool's gold from a team that's been swimming in it all season.
What was more surprising against the Hurricanes (28-33-8): the fact that the Bruins (31-26-12), the league's lowest scoring team, jumped out to a 2-0 lead or that they sealed it Capitals/Sharks/Blackhawks style with three third period goals?
Five different B's scored and Tuukka Rask made 30 saves as he improved to 16-9-4. From now on, can Claude Julien please keep Tim Thomas chained to the bench?
Only 23 seconds into the game, Patrice Bergeron scored another tip-in goal (a carbon copy of his goal the night before) from Dennis Seidenberg and Mark Recchi.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk joined the Bruins' rush (a completely foreign concept) was rewarded with a goal in the second period. Matt Hunwick and Michael Ryder assisted the young defenseman who has been a pleasant surprise.
Carolina's Erik Cole answered on a power-play roughly five minutes later and you had to think, here we go again.
That was as close as the Hurricanes would get however as Recchi scored another early goal (this one 45 seconds into the third period). It was his old patented move: a wrist shot from the slot. David Krejci assisted Recchi on that goal which tied Guy LeFleur for 22nd all-time in NHL goals.
The two most underachieving Bruins locked this one up as Ryder and Krejci scored 2:30 apart in the third. Goodnight everybody and drive home safely.
Tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh is anticipated for all the wrong reasons; what will the Bruins do for retaliation? My expectations are very low and in all honestly, I'll probably forget to watch the game as I'll be consumed by the first day of the men's NCAA basketball tournament.