NHL Game Summary - Boston at Carolina
(Saturday, December 27th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Carolina 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Michael Ryder scored the go-ahead goal with 6:14 left in the third period, as the Boston Bruins topped the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, at RBC Center.
Blake Wheeler notched a pair of goals, and Chuck Kobasew added an empty-net marker for Boston, which won its seventh consecutive contest. The Bruins hadn't won seven in a row since an eight-game streak from March 30-April 14, 1993.
Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots to get the win for Boston, which leads the Eastern Conference with 56 points. The Bruins haven't lost since December 10 at Washington and are 21-2-1 in their last 24 games.
Matt Cullen and Anton Babchuk scored for Carolina, which was coming off a win at Atlanta on Friday, and has followed its last three victories with a loss. Cam Ward made 18 stops in net for the 'Canes.
With the game knotted at 2-2 past the midway point of the third period, Marc Savard picked up a loose puck and skated backwards to the right side of the ice in the Boston offensive zone. After taking one stride back, he fired a pass through traffic to the left side for Ryder, who one-timed the puck past Ward.
Carolina, which hit the crossbar twice in the third period's first three minutes, was unable to put the disc past Thomas the rest of the way. Kobasew tallied with the net vacant with 15.1 ticks remaining.
Cullen gave Carolina the lead with 3:54 remaining in the opening frame, after Chad LaRose put a shot on net. Thomas stopped it, but couldn't control the rebound, which Cullen shoveled in.
Boston entered the middle period down by one, but quickly assumed the lead as Wheeler evened the contest just 2:23 expired. His second goal of the game, coming at 6:04, gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
However, with 9:02 left in the second, Babchuk blasted a shot from the point that got past Thomas to tie the game once more.
It was Boston's first regulation win in Carolina since March 30, 2004...The Bruins' Milan Lucic had an eight-game point streak snapped...Boston went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Carolina went 0-for-4...The Bruins play at Atlanta on Sunday...Carolina hosts Atlanta on Wednesday.
12/27 22:29:46 ET