NHL Game Summary - Boston at Carolina |
(Tuesday, March 30th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Carolina 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist to lead
the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC
Martin Lapointe and Sergei Samsonov also scored for the Bruins, who moved two
points ahead of Toronto for first place in the Northeast Division and into the
second spot in the Eastern Conference.
Felix Potvin made 21 saves for Boston, which has won four of its last five
"We're trying to put ourselves in the best position for the playoffs," said
Bruins coach Mike Sullivan. "Getting points is critical. I think we've put
ourselves in a position to control our own destiny, and we're starting to do
just that. The approach we've taken is to really focus on that one game."
Ryan Bayda and Josef Vasicek scored for Carolina, which has lost two straight.
Kevin Weekes made 26 saves in the loss.
Trailing 1-0, Lapointe forced a turnover in the Carolina zone and then
redirected a shot by Sean O'Donnell passed Weekes at 12:07 of the opening
period to tie the game. O'Donnell's shot was actually redirected twice, as
P.J. Axelsson also got a piece of the puck on its way to the net.
Patrice Bergeron battled with Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour behind the
Hurricanes' net and with the help of Thornton got the puck in front to
Samsonov, whose one-timer from the slot beat Weekes five minutes into the
second period to give Boston a 2-1 lead.
The Bruins opened a 3-1 lead when Thornton skated into the right circle and
beat Weekes high to the glove side with a blistering wrist shot at 2:40 of the
Bayda gave Carolina a 1-0 edge with his third goal of the season at 6:39 of
the opening stanza.
Carolina pulled within one on a goal by Vasicek. Eric Staal set up the goal
with a cross-crease pass to Vasicek, who stopped the puck with his skate
before beating Potvin at 7:15 of the final frame.
"We didn't win the one-on-one battles, we didn't skate very well," said
Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette. "I think it was a pretty lousy game for
Carolina failed on three attempts on the power play and has not scored on its
last 26 tries with the extra skater...Boston ended 0-for-4 on the power
play...The Bruins have won four straight on the road...Samsonov has four goals
and two assists in his last four games...Carolina is 3-26-0 when trailing
after two periods this season... Boston is unbeaten in its last six in
03/30 23:40:32 ET