BOSTON - Tim Thomas stopped 19 shots for his first playoff shutout to help the Boston Bruins keep their season going with a 4-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday night.
Phil Kessel scored twice and Zdeno Chara gave Boston big emotional lift when he returned in the third period after leaving the ice in the second when he was slashed by Jussi Jokinen.
Chara and Marc Savard each had a pair of assists for top-seeded Boston, which had lost three straight playoff games.
Cam Ward made 36 saves for the Hurricanes.
Game 6 is at Carolina on Tuesday.