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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 Claude Julien.

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 the crossbar.

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 room glove-side.

"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.

Game Notes

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 Tampa Bay.

02/19 23:30:33 ET

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