Hurricanes end skid, top Bruins 4-2
Posted at: 04/13/2013 8:35 PM
(AP) RALEIGH, N.C. - Jiri Tlusty scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes ended a seven-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Joe Corvo’s power-play goal at 9:36 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie.
The win was Carolina’s first in the month of April and the Hurricanes also ended an eight-game losing streak at home.
Jeff Skinner added a first-period power-play goal, the first time this season Boston had allowed two power-play goals in a game.
Carolina goalie Justin Peters stopped 28 shots while Boston’s Tuukka Rask had 34 saves.
Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins.
The teams were tied 1-1 after a wild first period that had three fights, and the Hurricanes outshot the Bruins 17-4.
Boston’s Shawn Thornton tangled with Kevin Westgarth at 14:14 of the first, while Jay Harrison fought Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara at 18:41. Carolina’s Nicolas Blanchard, in just his second NHL game, dropped the gloves with Gregory Campbell at 19:32.
Lucic opened the scoring at 6:07 of the first, scoring his sixth goal on a deflection. Jaromir Jagr had an assist for his 1,686th career point.
Skinner tied it on a power play at 19:24, taking a pass from Alexander Semin and beating Rask from behind stick-side.
Tlusty gave Carolina a 2-1 lead at 14:04 of the second, receiving Eric Staal’s pass from behind the net in the right circle and lifting it over Rask’s right shoulder.
But the Bruins tied it 2-2 at 17:57 when Andrew Ference took the puck from Semin at the red line and passed to Seguin for a breakaway.
Corvo, who played for Boston last season, put the Hurricanes ahead on the power play at 9:36 of the third when he received Marc-Andre Bergeron’s pass on the left point and beat Rask over the right shoulder.
Tlusty added an empty-net goal with 28.1 seconds left in the game for his career-high 19th goal.
NOTES: Boston will host Ottawa on Monday night while Carolina will visit Ottawa on Tuesday night. ... Boston C Patrice Bergeron, out since a concussion on April 2 against Ottawa, was back at full speed for the morning skate but did not dress, while C Brad Marchand remained out with his concussion suffered at New Jersey. Bruins D Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. ... Carolina D Joni Pitkanen (five games, heel), C Tim Brent (two games, lower body), LW Drayson Bowman (two games, lower body) and RW Tim Wallace (first game, upper body) were scratches.
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