NHL Game Summary - Boston at Carolina
(Wednesday, October 26th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Matt Cullen scored two goals, including the game-winner at 3:24 of overtime, to lead Carolina past Boston, 4-3, at the RBC Center.
Frantisek Kaberle posted a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have won three straight and recorded a point for the sixth straight game (5-0-1). Carolina also remained unbeaten in four home games this season.
Erik Cole also scored for the Hurricanes, while Aaron Ward and Eric Staal added two assists apiece. Martin Gerber stopped 24-of-27 shots in goal.
Brad Boyes had a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who have just one win in their last six games (1-3-2). Brian Leetch had a goal and an assist and Sergei Samsonov also scored in the setback.
Andrew Raycroft surrendered four goals on 33 shots in the loss.
Carolina scored the only goal of the third period to send the game into overtime tied at 3-3.
Both teams had great opportunities early in the extra session, but the game continued until Cullen put one home. Ward charged into the zone on the right wing and slid a pass into the slot. Cullen fought off a defender and whacked at the puck with one arm just before Raycroft could poke it away. The desperate swipe sent the puck into the air and over the goaltender to end the game.
"Obviously we're disappointed. We've got to be better," said Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan.
Cole had tied the game with 12:38 left in the third period. Staal charged at the net and was stopped on a nice save by Raycroft, but Cole was just outside the crease to dump in the rebound.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Cullen's goal at 9:24 of the first period, but Boston evened the score at 1-1 on a power-play goal by Boyes less than two minutes later.
Samsonov's power-play goal at 5:41 of the second period gave the Bruins a 2-1 edge. Dave Scatchard partially tipped the puck at the front of the crease and Gerber pushed a rebound near the left circle. Samsonov raced to the puck and fired a quick backhand just inside the left post.
Leetch and Boyes worked a give-and-go to make it 3-1 at 10:20 of the second. Leetch carried the puck into the zone and dished to Boyes, who returned a pass to Leetch for the easy wrister from the slot.
Carolina cut it 3-2 on Kaberle's goal with 3:26 remaining in the second. Staal beat a Boston defenseman with an excellent move in the left circle before Raycroft stopped his wrist shot. However, Kaberle was there at the right side of the crease for the easy rebound.
"We were not at our best in the first 40 minutes - we weren't horrible, we were just playing the game," said Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette. "Both styles seemed to be pretty similar. The score said 3-2 but it was a pretty even, bland hockey game for the first 2 periods."
The Bruins have allowed their opponents to score first in eight of 11 games this season...Cullen has six goals this season...Carolina snapped a six-game home winless streak (0-4-2) against Boston...The Bruins went 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Hurricanes went scoreless on six chances with the man advantage.
10/26 22:57:50 ET