NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Boston
(Saturday, March 18th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Carolina 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Brad Boyes tallied a hat trick, with his second goal snapping a 2-2 tie in the third, to lead the Boston Bruins past the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Boston re-signed Tim Thomas to a three-year contract before the game and the 31-year-old netminder promptly went out and made 38 saves for the Bruins, who are trying to get back on the winning track after a six-game losing streak by winning their second straight.
"I feel good about it," Thomas said of the new deal. "I actually feel like I could've played better today, not necessarily on the goals but I was giving up a few rebounds that I don't normally give up."
Overall, it was just Boston's fourth win in its last 15 games. Patrice Bergeron added a goal and an assist in the Bruins' fourth straight win over Carolina.
Rod Brind'Amour and Eric Staal each scored for the Hurricanes, who continue to struggle and have now lost four of their last six games. Cam Ward made 29 saves in the defeat.
"I said after the second period that it wasn't going to be easy today," said head coach Peter Laviolette. "Sometimes the shots go and sometimes they don't. Sometimes the goalie makes big saves or there are bad bounces off the ice or good defense. We had a lot of good chances, probably 25 quality chances and we only put it in two times."
After giving up a two-goal lead, Boyes put the Bruins back on top with his 20th tally of the season and second of the game. Marco Sturm stole the puck along the left boards before sending a pass to Boyes in front. The center was all alone and he quickly slid a backhanded shot under a sliding Ward at 7:45 of the third.
On the power play, Boyes completed his hat trick and extended the Bruins to a 4-2 edge after he deflected Brian Leetch's shot from the left point past Ward at the 10:24 mark of the third.
"It's nice and special," Boyes said of his first NHL hat trick. "Maybe the net just looked a little bigger in that period for me."
After a scoreless first period, Boston netted the first goal of the game early in the second. Off a faceoff win, Brad Stuart took the puck at the point and ripped a shot on net. Ward made the save, but Bergeron put home the rebound while on the power play 2:26 into the frame.
Boston extended to a 2-0 lead just over one minute into the third after Sturm sent a pass from the high slot to Boyes, who one-timed the feed past Ward from the left side.
Brind'Amour made it a one-goal game just over two minutes later after he blasted a shot through traffic from the right point past Thomas' glove at 3:06 of the third.
Carolina tied the contest at 2-2 just 1:14 later. After an excellent Boston scoring chance that saw Bergeron hit the post, the Hurricanes moved up in transition with Staal taking a long outlet pass from Aaron Ward. Staal moved in on net all alone, deked twice and put a backhand under Thomas' left pad.
Sturm finished the game with two assists. He and Boyes have tallied points in five straight games...Staal's goal was his 41st of the year. He also has points in five consecutive games...Carolina finished 0-for-9 on the power play. Boston netted two goals in six power-play chances.
03/18 15:39:05 ET