RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Boston Bruins' latest road win carried them to the
top of the Northeast Division.
Sergei Samsonov scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and the
Bruins moved into sole possession of first place in the division by beating
Carolina 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Joe Thornton and Martin Lapointe also had goals, and Felix Potvin made 21
saves for the Bruins, who have 101 points after going 9-2-1 in their last 12
games. Toronto was idle and has 99 points.
The Bruins have earned points in 25 of 29 games, including 15 of their last
16 on the road.
Boston is second in the Eastern Conference, three points behind Tampa Bay.
The Bruins have home games against Washington and New Jersey before closing the
season on the road against the Devils.
``All year we've been playing a simple game,'' Thornton said. ``When we get
on the road, we don't play too fancy. We just chip the puck in, go and
forecheck hard and keep the puck out of our end. There's really no secret, just
the work ethic and smart plays.''
Ryan Bayda and Josef Vasicek scored for Carolina, while Kevin Weekes had 26
The teams were tied at 1 before the Bruins took control in the second
period. They got Samsonov's 15th goal, then withstood a five-on-three Carolina
power play and got a good bounce to preserve their lead.
The Bruins added Thornton's 23rd of the season for a two-goal advantage
early in the third. Vasicek cut the deficit midway through the period, but
Carolina got no closer.
The Hurricanes had played well recently despite being eliminated from the
playoff race. Carolina had scored 28 points in 22 games coming in, but got few
good scoring chances and struggled again on the power play.
The Hurricanes failed on three chances Tuesday. The Hurricanes had a two-man
advantage for two minutes in the second period and a man advantage going into
the third, but didn't manage a shot on either power play.
The Hurricanes have gone 0-for-26 on the power play since Sean Hill's
second-period goal against Pittsburgh on March 19. Carolina came into the game
with the league's worst power play, scoring just 40 goals on 374 attempts.
``The power play is something you need to have going in order to have
success,'' Bayda said. ``One goal on the power play makes it that much easier
to win. ... Once in a while, it's the lucky one that goes off a shinpad to get
everything rolling. Throughout the whole year, we really haven't had that.''
Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said the power play was an extension of a
``pretty lousy game for us.''
``We just didn't execute,'' he said.
Samsonov put the Bruins ahead to stay, taking a pass from Patrice Bergeron
along the boards and beating Weekes from between the circles five minutes into
the second period.
Carolina had a chance to tie it when Thornton was whistled for interference
and Glen Murray called for hooking at 14:59 of the period, but the Hurricanes
couldn't take advantage.
With about 90 seconds left in the period, Carolina's Craig Adams fired a
shot at Potvin from the left side. The puck ricocheted off the skate of
teammate Kevyn Adams and struck the right post.
Other than Vasicek's third-period goal, it turned out to be the Hurricanes'
best scoring chance late.
``As the game went on, I thought we got stronger,'' Boston coach Mike