NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Boston
(Thursday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Boston 0
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Kevin Weekes turned aside 18 shots for his 14th career shutout and Eric Staal and Jeff O'Neill tallied a goal and an assist apiece, as the Carolina Hurricanes blanked the Boston Bruins, 2-0, at the FleetCenter.
Weekes made three saves in the first period, 10 more in the second and five in the third. Josef Vasicek notched two assists for the Hurricanes, who recorded their first victory of the season (1-2-3) and snapped their franchise-record 16-game winless streak, dating back to last season.
Andrew Raycroft stopped 30 shots for the Bruins, who lost for the first time in their last six contests (4-1-1).
Staal, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft, gave Carolina a 1-0 lead just 1:57 into the contest. Staal received a perfect pass from O'Neill during a 2-on-1 break and fired the puck into an open net for his first NHL goal.
Raycroft kept it a one-goal game with several big saves in the second period. He slid across to stone Rod Brind'Amour during a Carolina power play early in the frame and then made a pad stop on Kevyn Adams' rebound attempt with four minutes remaining in the stanza.
The Boston netminder continued to keep his team in the game in the third period. He got the pad on Staal's rebound effort with 12 minutes remaining and made a stellar glove save a few minutes later on Vasicek during a 2-on-1 break.
O'Neill then provided the insurance tally with 7:13 left when he beat Raycroft with a slap shot from above the right circle for his first goal of the campaign.
Weekes preserved his shutout in the final minute when he extended the left pad to rob Glen Murray from the slot.
Weekes now has six shutouts as a member of the Hurricanes...Carolina finished last season on an 0-9-2 slide. The Hurricanes' last win prior to tonight was an overtime triumph over Buffalo on March 12...Boston suffered its first shutout since a 3-0 blanking at the hands of Florida on January 15, 2003...The Bruins were 0-for-3 on the power play, while Carolina went 0-for-2 with the man advantage...Carolina is 10-2-1 in its last 13 games at Boston.
10/23 22:21:52 ET