NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Boston
(Thursday, February 8th)
Final Score: Carolina 5, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney had a night to remember, notching a natural hat trick in a 1:40 span late in the second period and adding two assists to lead the Carolina Hurricanes past the Boston Bruins, 5-2.
Rod Brind'Amour and Justin Williams each tallied a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, who won their second straight after a four-game losing skid. Cam Ward stopped 34 shots for Carolina.
Brandon Bochenski scored both Boston goals, but Tim Thomas let in four goals on 35 shots for the Bruins, who had won consecutive games entering the contest.
Bochenski got the Bruins on the board late in the first period. Paul Mara drove the puck into the Carolina zone, and backhanded a pass in front from just below the right circle, where Bochenski flipped the puck past Ward to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead with 4:28 left.
Things appeared to be going well for the Bruins before an offensive explosion by the Hurricanes, and Whitney in particular, late in the second.
Whitney tied the game at 1-1 with 4:24 left in the middle stanza, planting himself in front of the Boston goal, where Trevor Letowski found him uncovered from behind the net. Whitney took the feed and wristed the puck top shelf, just underneath the crossbar, to knot the game up.
The Carolina winger gave his team a 2-1 lead a little more than a minute later, wristing a shot past Thomas and just inside the right post with 3:15 remaining.
Whitney then completed the hat trick with 2:44 left in the second, skating around the net and in front before flipping a backhanded shot through Thomas' legs, his 24th goal of the season.
"It was fast," said Whitney of his hat trick. "They weren't graceful goals, not highlight goals, but they got us in the right direction."
Things went from bad to worse for the Bruins at the end of the second. Whitney's slapper from just inside the blue line found the net with just 2.6 seconds left, but the shot had been deflected by Williams and past Thomas for Williams' 28th score of the season.
Bochenski made things interesting late, notching his fifth goal of the season by slamming home a rebound of a P.J. Axelsson slapshot to make it 4-2 at the 12:36 mark of the third period, but Brind'Amour capped the scoring with an empty-netter in the game's final minute.
Carolina's Erik Cole was injured when he collided with Boston's Glen Murray near the Hurricanes bench with 12:14 left in second period. Cole stayed on the ice for several minutes, clutching his right hip area, before being helped off the ice by two trainers. He did not return...Carolina improved to 3-1 on the season against the Bruins, and has won six of the last eight meetings between the teams.
02/08 23:06:09 ET