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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins


Saturday, March 18, 12:00 p.m. (ET)
TD Banknorth Garden * Boston, Mass.

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Hurricanes: 45-15-6 (96 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Bruins: 26-30-11 (63 pts.), Northeast Division, 5th place

Saturday's Game

The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes continue their four-game road swing with a Saturday matinee against the Boston Bruins (12 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). Carolina scored a 5-1 win at Montreal on Thursday in the first game of the road swing that will take them to Toronto and Buffalo early next week. The Hurricanes earned six of 10 possible points in their recent five-game road trip with games at Pittsburgh, NY Rangers, Philadelphia and Florida.

Carolina has 16 games remaining in its 82-game regular-season schedule, with all games against Eastern Conference opponents. The Hurricanes' 96 points put them two points ahead of Ottawa for first place in the conference, 24 points ahead of Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division and one point ahead of Detroit for the NHL lead through games of March 16.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points and assists in each of the last four games (3/10-3/16: 1g, 5a)
  • Center Matt Cullen has earned points in each of the last three games (3/11-3/16: 2g, 1a)
  • Left wing Ray Whitney has earned assists and points in each of the last three games (3/11-3/16: 2g, 3a)
  • Defenseman Glen Wesley has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (3/14-3/16: 0g, 2a)
  • Defenseman Aaron Ward has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (3/14-3/16: 0g, 2a)
  • Right wing Justin Williams has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (3/14-3/16: 2g, 3a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned points in each of the last two games (3/14-3/16: 1g, 1a)

Milestone Watch

  • The Carolina Hurricanes eclipsed the previous franchise records for wins in a season (43), home wins in a season (27) and points in a season (93) with their 44th win (27th home win) of 2005-06 on March 14 against the New York Rangers
  • Captain Rod Brind'Amour is two goals shy of 100 Hurricanes goals
  • Center Matt Cullen is one goal shy of 100 NHL goals

Television: FSN South
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network - WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh - flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)

Carolina Notes

The Hurricanes currently post a 45-15-6 record, including a 22-5-2 record in 29 games since Dec. 31. Carolina had its franchise-best nine-game home winning streak (12/13-1/28) snapped against Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. That home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Philadelphia, 10/7-11/12) and the Hurricanes currently post the best home record in the league at 27-5-1 (55 points). With 96 points in their first 66 games, the Hurricanes now look to improve upon their newly-set franchise record for points in a season. The previous franchise-high for points in a season was 93 set by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal earned had a goal and an assist on Thursday at Montreal for his 25th multiple-point game of the season. His goal game him 40 goals on the season, making him the first Hurricanes player since Jeff O'Neill (41) in 2000-01 to record 40 or more goals in a season. Through games of March 16, Staal ranked third in the league with 88 points and fifth in the NHL with 40 goals. He has notched points in 48 of the Hurricanes' 66 games this season. Through games of March 16, he ranked tied for sixth in the league with 17 power-play goals and tied for 11th with three shorthanded goals.

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 82-of-438 (18.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 297-of-358 (83.0%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Niclas Wallin, lower body, day-to-day, missed 2 games
  • Left wing Erik Cole, fractured vertebra 3/4, out 6-8 weeks, missed 6 games
  • Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, wrist, surgery 2/1, out two months, missed 14 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 51 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

March 18 Saturday none
March 19 Sunday none
March 20 Monday RecZone 10:00 a.m.
March 21 Tuesday Air Canada Centre 11:30 a.m.
March 22 Wednesday HSBC Arena 11:30 a.m.
March 23 Thursday none
March 24 Friday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
March 25 Saturday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 26 Sunday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
March 27 Monday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 28 Tuesday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
March 29 Wednesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
March 30 Thursday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
March 31 Friday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

*All times are local - Times and locations subject to change

Against the Bruins

Saturday marks the fourth and final meeting between Carolina and Boston during the 2005-06 regular season. Carolina took the first game of the 2005-06 season series when Matt Cullen scored in overtime to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 victory on Oct. 26. Doug Weight scored as Carolina's fourth shooter, and Martin Gerber held off Sergei Samsonov (Boston's fourth shooter) as the Hurricanes scored a 4-3 shootout win on Feb. 5 at TD Banknorth Garden. Carolina took a 4-3 decision at the RBC Center in the teams' most recent meeting on March 1.

The Hurricanes won the 2003-04 season series against the Bruins 2-1-1-0, scoring wins in each of their two visits to Boston, including a 2-0 shutout win on Oct. 23, 2003. Josef Vasicek (2g, 4a) led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Bruins with six points (2g, 4a). Joe Thornton paced Boston with five points (1g, 4a) in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 59-82-16 all-time record against the Bruins, going 33-36-9 at home and 26-46-7 in Boston.

Hurricanes vs. Bruins 2005-06 Schedule
Oct. 26 RBC Center W, 4-3 (OT)
Feb. 5 TD Banknorth Garden W, 4-3 (SO)
March 1 RBC Center W, 4-3
March 18 TD Banknorth Garden 12:00 p.m.

Oct. 26, 2005
Hurricanes 4, Boston 3 (OT)

The Carolina Hurricanes scored their second straight come-from-behind victory when Matt Cullen scored 3:24 into overtime to keep the Hurricanes undefeated at the RBC Center for 2005-06. Cullen put the Hurricanes ahead 1-0 into the game, but Boston scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead 10:20 into the second period. Carolina rallied on goals by defenseman Frantisek Kaberle and Erik Cole to take the game to overtime when Cullen gave the Hurricanes their first 4-on-4 overtime win of the season. Eric Staal won the game's first star with assists on Kaberle's and Cole's goals. Defenseman Aaron Ward earned the first assists on each of Cullen's goals for his first two-assists game of his career and first two-point game since March 8, 2004. Martin Gerber made 24 saves to earn his third straight win for Carolina.

Feb. 5, 2006
Hurricanes 4, Boston 3 (SO)

Carolina scored its fifth shootout win of the 2005-06 season when center Doug Weight scored Carolina's second shootout goal and goaltender Martin Gerber stopped Boston's fourth and final shooter Sergei Samsonov. The game marked the return of left wing Cory Stillman to the Hurricanes' lineup, and Stillman earned assists on goals by linemates Eric Staal and Erik Cole. Staal notched the primary assist on Cole's goal for his 20th multi-point game of the season. Defenseman Aaron Ward also earned two assists in the game and defenseman Glen Wesley notched his second goal of the season, Carolina's first of the game.

March 1, 2006
Hurricanes 4, Boston 3

The Carolina Hurricanes scored their third 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins this season when defenseman Aaron Ward scored his second goal of the game and career-best sixth of the season with 4:24 remaining in the third period. Ward earned first-star honors for his efforts. Goaltender Cam Ward made 25 saves in the game and earned an assist on Ray Whitney's game-tying power-play goal to earn his 12th win and the game's second star. Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky used his third goal of the season to tie the game 1-1 in the first period. The Hurricanes' four goals brought their season goals-scored total to 219, the highest goals-scored total the team has posted since moving to North Carolina (217 in 1999-00).

12 Staal
61 Stillman
11 Williams
26 Cole

SV %
29 Gerber
30 Ward

37 Bergeron
26 Boyes
16 Sturm

SV %
1 Raycroft
30 Thomas
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