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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 the season.

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 seconds.

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 Mike Knuble.

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.

Game Notes

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

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