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Hurricanes 4, Bruins 3

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:32 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 4, Bruins 3
Boston Bruins 3, Carolina Hurricanes 4

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes keep racking up injuries. At least this time, a victory eased the pain.

Chad LaRose converted a penalty shot, and Eric Staal scored on the power play in the third period to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.

The bad news for Carolina was that defenseman Bret Hedican left with a sprained knee in the second period and didn't return. The Hurricanes said after the game that Hedican is expected to be out up to two weeks.

Hedican got his skate tangled with Boston's Chuck Kobasew's with 8:37 remaining in the period, causing his right leg to awkwardly turn. He writhed in pain before being helped off the ice.

 

The Hurricanes were already playing without forward Justin Williams (torn ACL), forward Matt Cullen (broken nose) and defenseman David Tanabe (concussion). Carolina announced after the game that it had recalled Wade Brookbank.

But the injuries won't change Carolina's style of play.

"There's really only one way to win and that's to play the game hard," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "We talked about that this morning - hard work is determining wins and losses. It's almost that simple. And I thought we worked hard tonight."

Mike Commodore and Rod Brind'Amour had Carolina's other goals to get the first consecutive home game wins for the Hurricanes since early November.

Phil Kessel, P.J. Axelsson and Kobasew scored for Boston, and Marc Savard had two assists. After a strong start to the season, the Bruins are 1-5-1 in their last seven games.

"I'm disappointed that we lost," Kessel said. "It's a tough situation. Hopefully we can play better the next game. We're not happy but we've got a game tomorrow. We've got to regroup and try to get a win."

The Boston Bruins Phil Kessel works the puck and eventually scores on the Carolina Hurricanes Cam Ward during the third period on Friday. The Bruins lost the game 4-3. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

After being pulled down by Boston's Dennis Wideman on a breakaway, LaRose went to his backhand on the penalty shot, lifting the puck over Tim Thomas. It was only the second short-handed, penalty-shot goal in the NHL this season.

"I went to the bench and I asked (assistant coach) Jeff Daniels 'What do you think?' "LaRose said. "He said, 'Go to your butter,' and that's my move to my backhand."

Thomas made 33 saves in his third game back from a groin injury. The Hurricanes outshot the Bruins 37-21.

"I wish I could have let in a couple less because we need wins no matter how we get them," Thomas said.

That Staal's game winner came on the power play was something of a surprise - Carolina had scored on only three of its last 40 chances with the man advantage.

With Boston's Vladimir Sobotka in the penalty box for delaying the game, Staal collected the puck in front of Thomas, made a quick move to get the goalie out of position and then backhanded the puck into the net to give the Hurricanes a two-goal edge.

"I think we were keeping it more simple, just working it on the backhand and looking for shots," Staal said.

Kessel converted a centering pass by Milan Lucic 10 seconds later to bring Boston within one, but the Bruins couldn't get the equalizer, squandering Commodore's holding penalty late in the game.

Kessel came close, ringing a shot off the post.

Notes: Carolina sent C Brandon Nolan back to Albany earlier on Friday. ... Boston RW Brandon Bochenski hit the post with a slap shot early in the game. ... Staal extended his point streak to six games. ... Andrew Ladd played with a face shield that college players normally wear after breaking a bone underneath his left eye in a fight with the New York Rangers' Sean Avery on Wednesday night. ... After going its first 37 games without a short-handed goal, the Hurricanes have scored one in consecutive games.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:56
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Niclas Wallin (4), Cory Stillman (21)
1 - 0 CAR
08:07
BOS
SHG - Chuck Kobasew (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc Savard (32)
1 - 1 Tie
10:51
CAR
Mike Commodore (1) Slapshot - ASST: Eric Staal (15)
2 - 1 CAR
2nd Period
15:28
CAR
SHG - PS - Chad LaRose (5) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
00:51
BOS
P.J. Axelsson (7) Slapshot - ASST: Marc Savard (33)
3 - 2 CAR
03:47
CAR
PPG - Eric Staal (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Ladd (2), Ray Whitney (20)
4 - 2 CAR
03:58
BOS
Phil Kessel (10) Tip-in - ASST: Milan Lucic (5)
4 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
07:54
BOS
Matt Hunwick  Hooking against  Eric Staal
12:03
CAR
Bret Hedican  Slashing against  Phil Kessel
18:39
BOS
Jeremy Reich  Hooking against  Dennis Seidenberg
2nd Period
03:07
BOS
Marco Sturm  Hi stick - double minor against  Dennis Seidenberg
14:50
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Hooking against  Andrew Ference
3rd Period
02:24
BOS
Vladimir Sobotka  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:30
BOS
Mark Stuart  Misconduct (10 min)
06:30
BOS
Mark Stuart  Instigator against  Mike Commodore
06:30
BOS
Mark Stuart  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Commodore
06:30
CAR
Mike Commodore  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Stuart
12:23
CAR
Mike Commodore  Holding against  Petteri Nokelainen
18:04
BOS
Peter Schaefer  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .892SH: 0 - 1
Cam Ward
SA: 21TOI: 59:40
Saves: 18EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 2