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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Carolina



(Saturday, February 21st)

Final Score: Boston 3, Carolina 3

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Brian Rolston scored less than a minute after Erik Cole gave Carolina the lead to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-3 tie with the Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

Glen Murray scored twice and Andrew Raycroft made 34 saves for the Bruins, who have picked up at least a point in their last 12 games (8-0-2-2).

Kevin Weekes stopped 25 shots for the Hurricanes, who have just one win in their last nine contests (1-4-3-1).

"This Carolina team, we knew it was going to work hard," said Boston head coach Mike Sullivan. "They're fighting for everything they can get, and we knew it was going to be a challenge."

After the teams combined for four goals in the first period, the game remained tied at 2-2 until Cole's 11th of the season gave Carolina the lead with 7:57 left in the third. A streaking Craig Adams took a shot from the right circle that was stopped by Raycroft, but Adams got his own rebound and tried another shot from in close that was again blocked by the Boston netminder.

But the puck was sitting in the crease and a trailing Cole put it in the net just before it was knocked off its moorings.

The Bruins evened the score at 3-3 just 38 seconds later on Rolston's 18th goal. Rolston came skating into the Carolina zone along the right side of the ice, sent a pass to a Jiri Slegr in the slot and then received the puck back from Slegr before beating Weekes with a shot from just outside the right post.

Both goaltenders withstood challenges in the overtime session. Weekes stopped all five shots that came his way in the extra frame, while Raycroft made three saves in the period.

"They've been like a lot of our home games, except in a lot of them we haven't been getting a point," said Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette. "We're pressing, we're looking, we're down there and we're trying to create, and we come up short."

Boston fell out of a tie for fourth in the Eastern Conference and down to fifth with 78 points. Ottawa's 2-1 win over Calgary on Saturday put the Senators a point ahead of the Bruins, who are in third place in the Northeast Division.

Carolina took a 1-0 lead 4:02 into the contest on Josef Vasicek's 16th goal of the season. Vasicek and Jeff O'Neill were skating in on a 2-on-2 when the two Boston defenders collided into each other and fell down, leaving Vasicek free to beat Raycroft with a wrister from in close.

Boston tied it at 1-1 on Murray's first goal of the game at 11:31 of the opening stanza. After getting a cross-ice feed from Joe Thornton, Murray put the puck in the net from a sharp angle near the bottom of the left circle.

Ron Francis' eighth of the season put the Hurricanes back in front, 2-1, with 3:15 left in the first period. After getting his own rebound, Vasicek had the puck at the right post and found Francis in front of the net for the tally.

The goal was the 544th of Francis' career, tying him with Maurice Richard for 20th place on the NHL's all-time goals list.

However, Murray scored a power-play goal on a breakaway to even the score at 2-2 at 17:26 of the opening frame.

Game Notes

Murray has 15 goals in his last 15 games...Boston's Mike Knuble recorded his 100th NHL assist on Murray's first goal...The Bruins, who wrapped up a seven- game road trip with this contest, are 9-2-2-1 in their last 14 games away from home...Carolina is 2-0-1 against Boston this season.

02/22 00:19:30 ET

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