NHL Game Summary - Boston at Carolina|
(Tuesday, February 19th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - David Krejci and Phil Kessel both lit the lamp
in the shootout, as the Boston Bruins coughed up a two-goal lead late but
salvaged a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
Tim Thomas made 45 saves in regulation and stood tall in the shootout for the
Bruins, who had dropped three of four coming in. Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara
had the goals in regulation.
"Tim had to make some big saves at some really crucial times that kept us with
the lead. No doubt it was a good performance by him," said Boston head coach
Ray Whitney and Erik Cole both scored for Carolina, which has dropped two
straight. Cam Ward had 36 saves in defeat.
Thomas was the star of the game, until he yielded two goals with the opposing
netminder pulled in the waning seconds.
The Hurricanes cracked into the scoring column with 1:03 left in the contest,
as two quick passes from Eric Staal and Andrew Ladd gave Whitney a wide-open
look from the left side of the net, and he cashed in to make it 2-1.
Just 20 seconds later, Staal's wraparound attempt slid into the left circle,
where Cole gained control and snapped a quick wrister that found room under
After a fruitless overtime, Kessel beat Ward through the five-hole after Matt
Cullen rang one off the post for the Hurricanes. Thomas then came up with a
save on Sergei Samsonov before Krejci iced the win with a wrister that found
"I feel like we don't get rewarded tonight for what we did," Hurricanes coach
Peter Laviolette said. "Tim Thomas played a terrific game for them. You fire
forty-seven shots on net, you certainly wouldn't think you'd have to wait
until the last minute to try and tie up a hockey game. Boston played hard, but
I can't say enough about the guys and their effort tonight."
This contest marked the start of Carolina's longest homestand of the season, a
six-game stretch in Raleigh. Carolina is currently clinging to a two-point
lead in the Southeast Division.
Boston struck on the power play 4:50 into the contest to gain the early lead.
With the Bruins set up in the Carolina zone, Marco Sturm held the puck along
the right side of the net before feeding it into the crease, where Chara poked
it past Ward.
The Bruins capitalized with a man-advantage again in the second to up the lead
to 2-0, as Savard blasted a shot from the top of the right circle that made it
through traffic in front and in.
This was the final installment of this series, which Carolina took by a 3-1
margin...Boston concludes its five-game road swing with trips to Florida and
02/19 23:30:33 ET