NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, February 5th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (37-12-4) at Boston Bruins (23-23-8), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to get back on the winning
track today when they visit the Boston Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden.
The NHL's leading team had a five-game winning streak halted in Friday's 3-0
loss to host New Jersey on Scott Stevens night at the Meadowlands. Martin
Brodeur made 28 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season to anchor the
Rookie netminder Cam Ward allowed three goals on 21 shots faced as the
Hurricanes were shut out for only the second time this season. On November
12 they were trounced, 9-0, by visiting Atlanta.
Newly-acquired Doug Weight made his Hurricanes debut in Friday's match and was
a minus-2 on the night.
Carolina was 14-1 in its previous 15 games before Friday's defeat. The Canes
have not had a losing streak since a three-game skid from December 26-29.
With 78 points the Canes remain the league's top club -- one ahead of Western
Carolina will finish a four-game road set Thursday in Tampa.
Boston, meanwhile, hopes to rebound after having a two-game winning streak
ended in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Montreal. Cristobal Huet made 35 saves to
register his fifth career shutout and lead the Canadiens' effort.
Tim Thomas stopped 27 of 28 shots for the Bruins, who were blanked for the
fourth time this season. Thomas made his 11th consecutive start in goal for
Brad Boyes saw his eight-game point streak come to an end. The rookie tallied
five goals and eight assists during the run.
Boston will visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
The Hurricanes defeated the Bruins, 4-3, in overtime on October 26 in Raleigh,
as Matt Cullen tallied two goals, including the game-winner.
02/05 10:11:47 ET