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BIG MOMENTS - May 6, 2009: BOS @ CAR

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Boston at Carolina - Game 3

A) Boston drew first blood after a lengthy possession in the Carolina zone.

Dennis Wideman fired a shot from the point, which was initially saved by the Hurricanes' Cam Ward, but the goalie gave up a short rebound out in front. Milan Lucic slipped behind the defense, found the puck at his feet and kicked it into open space before backhanding a shot past Ward, quieting the Carolina crowd and giving Boston an early 1-0 lead.
 




B) The Hurricanes gained a world of momentum while on the power play late in the second period.

Joe Corvo dumped the puck into the corner where Eric Staal gave chase.  Working it free from one Bruins defender and then swiping Steve Montador's flubbed clearing attempt, Staal then quickly moved the puck in front of the net and released a shot past a frozen Tim Thomas, tying the game temporarily.






C) Just over a minute after Staal's goal the Hurricanes were on the attack again.

The Bruins turned over the puck near center ice, giving Carolina a fast moving 3-on-2. Scott Walker took the puck wide to the right, and then fed Sergei Samsonov on the far side of the ice. The former Bruins first round draft pick slipped a shot just inside the post, sending a stunned Boston squad to the locker room down 2-1.
 





D) Down 2-1 midway through the third period the Bruins got desperate, and then a little lucky. 

Chuck Kobasew threw a puck towards the net from the right circle with the Bruins buzzing in the Carolina zone. Mark Recchi was posted up in front and directed the shot off his leg and past Cam Ward, giving the Bruins some life and sending the game in to overtime.





 


E) In overtime, Carolina's persistence paid off.  Sergei Samsonov brought the puck along the right wing after a Hurricanes keep, then spun and backhanded a shot towards the net. Tuomo Ruutu was posted up in front of the crease, creating a screen on Bruins goalie Tim Thomas that allowed Jussi Jokinen to sweep in, scoring and lifting Carolina to a 2-1 series lead.




FINAL SCORE:  Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

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