NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Boston |
(Saturday, December 20th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Boston 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Radim Vrbata and Eric Staal tallied goals and
Kevin Weekes made 36 saves, as the Carolina Hurricanes held on to defeat the
Boston Bruins, 2-1, at the FleetCenter.
Weekes stopped seven shots in the first period, 14 in the second and 15 in the
third. Carolina improved to 4-2-1-2 in its last nine games.
Glen Murray scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who fell to 2-6-5-1 in their
last 14 contests. Andrew Raycroft turned aside 23 shots for Boston.
After a scoreless first period, Vrbata gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 1:57 of the
second. Following a giveaway in the Boston zone, Bob Boughner cheated in from
the point and fed a pass to an open Vrbata in the slot. Vrbata had plenty of
time and fired a low shot just inside the left post for his eighth tally of
Weekes preserved the lead midway through the middle frame when he stoned
Murray with a sliding skate save. Murray one-timed a shot from the lower left
circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Nick Boynton.
In the closing minutes of the second period, Boston's Patrice Bergeron made a
nice move to free himself in the slot, but his shot caromed off the left post.
Staal made it 2-0 at 3:33 of the third period, as he picked up a bouncing puck
to the left of the Boston net, skated out in front and slid a backhander past
Raycroft for his seventh goal of the campaign.
The Bruins finally got on the board on the power play with 10:20 left in
regulation. Weekes made the initial save on Boynton's point shot, but Murray
collected the rebound and fired the puck past the sprawling goaltender for his
11th tally of the year.
It marked the first goal at home for Boston since Murray scored in the second
period of a game against Ottawa on December 8, a span of 147 minutes and 55
Murray had a good opportunity to knot the contest with 7 1/2 minutes
remaining, but his shot from the right circle during a 2-on-1 break was
stopped by Weekes.
Weekes again came up big a few minutes later when he stuck out the pad to rob
The Bruins got a tough break with 3:38 left. Martin Lapointe appeared to bang
home a rebound during a power play, but referee Don Koharski whistled the play
dead after losing sight of the puck in front of Weekes.
Thornton was also thwarted by Weekes in the closing seconds, as his shot from
the right circle deflected off the body of the netminder.
Carolina improved to 2-0 under new coach Peter Laviolette...The Bruins fell to
0-4-3 in their last seven home games...Boston was 1-for-5 on the power play,
while the Hurricanes went 0-for-7 with the man advantage...It was just the
third win for Carolina in its last 13 road games (3-8-1-1)...The Hurricanes
are now 7-4-1 in their last 12 contests versus the Bruins.
12/20 15:58:40 ET