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REVIEW: HURRICANES 7, Boston Bruins 3

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

BOSTON--Paul Ranheim recorded his first two-goal game of the season, combining with linemates Robert Kron and Martin Gelinas for seven points, as the Hurricanes routed slumping Boston, 7-3.

Kron added a goal and two assists and Gelinas had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which posted its best offensive output since a 7-2 rout of the New York Rangers on February 21, 1997. That occurred while the franchise was still based in Hartford.

"Our line hasn't been together that long and for us to produce the way we did tonight is really a good sign," said Ranheim.

Carolina has recorded consecutive road wins for the first time since October 23-30.

"This is the kind of win I wanted to see, coming off a disappointing loss against Ottawa," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "I thought that second period we played, when we got 16 shots on net, was probably the best period of our season. We don't always play like it, but tonight we were the bigger, stronger team."

Joe Murphy and Anson Carter scored six seconds apart in the first period and Kyle McLaren had the other goal for Boston, which is winless in its last four home games and fell to 1-6-2 in its last nine overall.

"It seems like other teams come in here and feel comfortable. When opposing teams feel fine playing in the FleetCenter, the way they are now, that's not a good sign," Bruins coach Pat Burns said. "From the drop of the puck, there is no emotion on the club right now. We've got to play a lot harder and with more intensity because we are not going to win games 8-7."

Ranheim's first of the night snapped a 3-3 tie with 5:42 left in the second period. He battled past Carter to the net and, with his back to the goal, put a backhander inside the right goalpost.

Kron made it 5-3 just 1:49 into the third, skating unchecked off the left boards and putting a backhander under goaltender Byron Dafoe for his sixth goal.

Ranheim scored again two minutes later and former Bruin Glen Wesley added a power-play tally with seven minutes remaining.

"We are just not a very good hockey team right now," conceded Boston defenseman Ray Bourque. "We are breaking down in the wrong places and we are playing with no confidence at all."

Gelinas and Sami Kapanen staked Carolina to a 2-0 lead, but Boston tied it before the end of the first period on goals by Joe Murphy and Carter.

Gary Roberts put the Hurricanes back in front 36 seconds into the second, 3:10 before McLaren tied it.

"That first period there were a lot of penalties called and those two goals they got six seconds apart could have been a back-breaker," Roberts said. "But we regrouped in the first intermission and to get that goal quickly in the second period seemed to pick us up."

-----------------------------Carolina             2 2 3--7Boston               2 1 0--3-----------------------------FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Carolina, Gelinas 4 (Kovalenko, Malik),5:59. 2, Carolina, Kapanen 16 (Francis, Battaglia), 13:05. 3, Boston,Murphy 5 (power play) (Savage, Bourque), 17:32. 4, Boston, Carter 16(unassisted), 17:38. Penalties: Gill, Bos (interference), 3:56; Wesley,Car (interference), 10:30; Halko, Car (interference), 15:54; Roberts, Car(Obstr holding), 18:27.SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Carolina, Roberts 8 (Oneill), 0:36. 6,Boston, K Mclaren 4 (Mathieu, Laaksonen), 3:46. 7, Carolina, Ranheim 5(Kron), 14:18. Penalties: Mcsorley, Bos (hooking), 8:39; Mathieu, Bos(Obstr holding), 15:12; Kovalenko, Car (roughing), 19:50; Thornton, Bos(roughing), 19:50.THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 8, Carolina, Kron 6 (Gelinas), 1:49. 9,Carolina, Ranheim 6 (Wesley, Kron), 3:48. 10, Carolina, Wesley 3 (powerplay) (unassisted), 13:00. Penalties: Sweeney, Bos (Obstr holding), 12:40.Shots on goal:---------------------------------Carolina              8 16 12--36Boston               14  7 12--33---------------------------------

Power-play Conversions: Car - 1 of 4, Bos - 1 of 3. Goalies: Carolina, Irbe (33 shots, 30 saves; record: 13-13-7). Boston, Dafoe (36, 29; record: 9-10-5). A:15,582. Referee: Fraser. Linesmen: Collins, Gagnon.

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