Putting a bow on a five-game homestand!
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Because of the early-evening 5 p.m. faceoff, the Hurricanes will not have a morning skate, but we’ll be passing along any and all updates as they become available.Last updated: 4:20 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF4:20 p.m.
Previewing tonight's Eastern Conference match-up between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes.
CANES ROSTER NOTES3:00 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters will shuffle the lineup just a bit today, getting Brett Bellemore and Alexander Semin back in the lineup. As a result, Michal Jordan and Brad Malone will come out.
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Anton Khudobin will make his second career start against his former team. He earned a 2-1 shootout win over the Bruins on Jan. 4, stopping 19 of 20 shots in regulation and overtime and all three shots in the shootout.
CANES CLOSE OUT FIVE-GAME HOMESTAND VS. BOSTON6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to extend their winning streak to three games on Sunday evening as they host the Boston Bruins to wrap up their second five-game homestand in the month of March.
The Hurricanes handled the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Thursday night before defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-1 last night. New Jersey led 1-0 late in the second period until the Hurricanes netted three unanswered goals in a span of just over six minutes en route to their 28th victory of the season.
“It was a game that we had to stick with it,” said Eric Staal, who recorded a goal and an assist. “They’re patient and not the most fun team to play against because of their system. You need to stick with your game, and key goals at key times are important.”
Chris Terry scored in the final two minutes of the second period to even the score 1-1 heading into the locker room. Then, just nine seconds into the final period, Staal netted what proved to be the game-winning goal, beating a Devils defenseman to a rebound and stuffing the puck past Keith Kinkaid. Minutes later, Justin Faulk sealed the deal with a slap shot from the point, his 15th goal of the season.
"We wanted to crank it up. We talked about it and talked about getting a little sharper and better,” Staal said. “As the game went on, we were getting better and better, and you could feel that on the bench. Guys were more confident making plays, and when you do that line after line, it makes it difficult on the other team. We were able to capitalize with some nice goals.”
“It allows you to breathe, right? You’ve been down one, and within two minutes, basically … you’ve erased the [deficit],” head coach Bill Peters said. “I give the guys all the credit in the world for sticking with it.”
After battling and subsequently recovering from an illness, Cam Ward has earned wins in two straight starts, stopping 48 of 51 shots (.941 save percentage) in that stretch. Considering the back-to-back scenario, Anton Khudobin is the probable Hurricanes starter. He made his first appearance in net against his former team earlier this season, and he is now 1-0-0 with a 0.92 goals-agianst average against Boston.
Alexander Semin did not play last night due to a hamstring injury, and he remains day-to-day.
“He didn’t yesterday but skated today. He'll get treated with Pete, and we'll see where he's at,” Peters said after Saturday’s morning skate. “Hopefully it's nothing that's long-term, but we'll manage that.”
NOTES: 19 of the last 24 meetings between the two teams have been decided by two or more goals. … Both Victor Rask and Eric Staal extended their point streaks on Saturday night. Rask now has points in four straight games (1g, 3a) and Staal, three (2g, 4a).