NHL Game Summary - Boston at Carolina
(Wednesday, March 1)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Boston 3
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Aaron Ward scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Carolina Hurricanes opened up their post-Olympic schedule with a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins at the RBC Center.
Oleg Tverdovsky and Ray Whitney also added goals for the Hurricanes, who still sit atop the Eastern Conference standings with 84 points after tonight's victory.
Cam Ward made 25 saves in the win, Carolina's third in its last five games.
"We were in control of the game, and then we made a couple of really bad turnovers, bad decisions with the puck," said Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette.
Marco Sturm, David Tanabe and Sergei Samsonov all lit the lamp for the Bruins, who have lost five of their last six games. Tim Thomas allowed four goals on 29 shots faced in defeat.
"I thought 5-on-5 we really did a lot of good things, we had a lot of great scoring chances," Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan said. "I thought we had some chances down the stretch to tie the game. We just couldn't seem to find the back of the net."
The Bruins also lost recent gold-medal winner P.J. Axelsson, who left the game late in the second frame with a left leg injury and did not return. Axelsson played for Team Sweden in the 2006 Winter Games.
Down 3-2, Carolina netted the equalizer 3:32 into the third period after Whitney beat Thomas five hole from deep in front on the power play.
Ward's second goal of the game gave the Hurricanes a 4-3 lead with 4:24 remaining. Niklas Nordgren started the scoring play with a backhanded pass from the left side of the net, which Ward received in the top of the right circle. Thomas was already down on the ice and Ward fired a shot that found room inside the top right corner of the net.
It was Ward's sixth goal of the season.
"Pretty good to come from behind, especially after being off like that for a while," Laviolette said. "To come back and go to the well, which has been our trademark, the third period, was nice to see."
Boston had netted two quick goals midway through the second stanza to take a 3-2 lead.
Tanabe's third goal of the season tied the contest at 2-2 at 11:30 of the second and just 23 seconds later, Samsonov put the Bruins ahead. After a steal at the blue line by Boston, Glen Murray sent a pass from the right side of the net to Samsonov. The forward fanned on his first shot, but still managed to get the puck past Cam Ward's right pad for his 18th tally of the season.
The Bruins jumped to a 1-0 lead 6:21 into the first period after Sturm skated in on net all alone and lifted a shot over Ward's blocker for his 21st goal of the year.
Carolina answered to tie the contest at 1-1 after Tverdovsky took a pass from Eric Staal from behind the net before converting over Thomas' right shoulder from in front with 8:41 remaining in the first.
The Hurricanes went ahead 2-1 5:09 into the second frame after Ward capped off a three-on-two Carolina rush with a slapshot that found the back of the net from above the right circle.
Whitney's goal was his 10th of the season...Staal tallied his 40th assist of the season...The Hurricane's Cory Stillman added an assist and has six helpers in his last five games...Boston's Brad Boyes assisted on Sturm's goal and now has six assists in his last five games...Carolina finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while Boston was 0-for-5.
03/01 23:19:17 ET