Hurricanes rally, shock Bruins

As well as the Carolina Hurricanes play against the defending

Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, you would never know they are

stuck near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

Jay Harrison scored the winning goal with 1:30 remaining, and

the Hurricanes topped the Bruins 4-2 on Saturday night for their

third win over Boston this season.

”That should suggest to this whole locker room that we’re not

far off,” Harrison said.

As well as the Carolina Hurricanes play against the defending

Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, you would never know they are

stuck near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Jay

Harrison scored the winning goal with 1:30 remaining, and the

Hurricanes topped the Bruins 4-2 on Saturday night for their third

win over Boston this season. ”That should suggest to this whole

locker room that we’re not far off,” Harrison said. Justin Faulk,

Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer also scored, and Cam Ward made 33

saves for the Hurricanes. Carolina, which didn’t have a power-play

opportunity, is 5-1-1 in its last seven home games. ”I think we

felt pretty good tonight, and feeling pretty good going into the

game,” Faulk said. ”I think we’re just looking to replicate that

for a few more games.” Harrison wristed a shot from the point that

went through a maze of Boston and Carolina players and appeared to

deflect off Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk before it sailed past

goalie Tim Thomas. ”It was basically tips, skates and knuckle

pucks,” said Thomas, summarizing Carolina’s goals. ”They did the

right thing. You throw it at the net with traffic and see what

happens. Sometimes you win games like that.” Staal added an

empty-net goal with 1:02 left. Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron had

the Bruins’ goals, and David Krejci extended his point streak to 11

games, the longest in the NHL this season. Thomas made 17 saves.

”We were sloppy, we didn’t clean up in front of our net,”

defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. ”They had people and pucks in

front of there, and Timmy couldn’t see it. We just have to do a

better job of cleaning guys and pucks out of there.” With the game

tied 1-1 early in the third period, the puck made its way to Lucic

near the right circle after a blocked shot. Lucic fired a snap shot

past Ward’s blocker into the top left corner of the net. Faulk tied

it for Carolina with 6:02 remaining on a slap shot from the point

that floated high and evaded Thomas’ left shoulder. Hurricanes

forward Jiri Tlusty almost tipped the puck in front, but a video

review determined he didn’t touch the puck. The Bruins dropped

three points behind the NHL-leading New York Rangers at the top of

the Eastern Conference. Carolina remained one point ahead of Tampa

Bay and the New York Islanders at the bottom of the East. Despite a

number of quality scoring opportunities for both teams – Thomas

robbed Alexei Ponikarovsky with a left pad save late in the first

period – the game was still scoreless early in the second period.

Boston struck first when Bergeron cleaned up Boychuk’s rebound in

front. Bergeron has five goals and four assists in his last six

games. The Hurricanes responded when Brandon Sutter stole the puck

near the Bruins blue line and slapped a shot at Thomas. Dwyer

redirected the puck in front of the net for his first goal since

Dec. 7. ”You have to bring your `A’ game in order to beat them,”

Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. ”I thought our guys played hard

and it was a good win for us.” NOTES: Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen

played in his 500th NHL game. Ponikarovsky was in his 600th. …

Jeff Skinner (concussion) sat out but is close to returning for the

Hurricanes. … The Bruins were 16-2 when scoring first.

Justin Faulk, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer also scored, and Cam

Ward made 33 saves for the Hurricanes. Carolina, which didn’t have

a power-play opportunity, is 5-1-1 in its last seven home

games.

”I think we felt pretty good tonight, and feeling pretty good

going into the game,” Faulk said. ”I think we’re just looking to

replicate that for a few more games.”

Harrison wristed a shot from the point that went through a maze

of Boston and Carolina players and appeared to deflect off Bruins

defenseman Johnny Boychuk before it sailed past goalie Tim

Thomas.

”It was basically tips, skates and knuckle pucks,” said

Thomas, summarizing Carolina’s goals. ”They did the right thing.

You throw it at the net with traffic and see what happens.

Sometimes you win games like that.”

Staal added an empty-net goal with 1:02 left. Milan Lucic and

Patrice Bergeron had the Bruins’ goals, and David Krejci extended

his point streak to 11 games, the longest in the NHL this season.

Thomas made 17 saves.

”We were sloppy, we didn’t clean up in front of our net,”

defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. ”They had people and pucks in

front of there, and Timmy couldn’t see it. We just have to do a

better job of cleaning guys and pucks out of there.”

With the game tied 1-1 early in the third period, the puck made

its way to Lucic near the right circle after a blocked shot. Lucic

fired a snap shot past Ward’s blocker into the top left corner of

the net.

Faulk tied it for Carolina with 6:02 remaining on a slap shot

from the point that floated high and evaded Thomas’ left shoulder.

Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty almost tipped the puck in front, but

a video review determined he didn’t touch the puck.

The Bruins dropped three points behind the NHL-leading New York

Rangers at the top of the Eastern Conference. Carolina remained one

point ahead of Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders at the bottom

of the East.

Despite a number of quality scoring opportunities for both teams

– Thomas robbed Alexei Ponikarovsky with a left pad save late in

the first period – the game was still scoreless early in the second

period.

Boston struck first when Bergeron cleaned up Boychuk’s rebound

in front. Bergeron has five goals and four assists in his last six

games.

The Hurricanes responded when Brandon Sutter stole the puck near

the Bruins blue line and slapped a shot at Thomas. Dwyer redirected

the puck in front of the net for his first goal since Dec. 7.

”You have to bring your `A’ game in order to beat them,”

Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. ”I thought our guys played hard

and it was a good win for us.”

NOTES: Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen played in his 500th NHL game.

Ponikarovsky was in his 600th. … Jeff Skinner (concussion) sat

out but is close to returning for the Hurricanes. … The Bruins

were 16-2 when scoring first.