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GAME: Boston Bruins (4-5-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-2-1).

TIME: Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT.

The Boston Bruins had a hard time getting the puck past Ed Belfour in their last game. Scoring against the Carolina Hurricanes' Martin Gerber may prove to be just as difficult.

Gerber and the Hurricanes, coming off their biggest win of the young season, look to remain undefeated at home when they host the Bruins.

Ottawa needed barely three minutes to take a two-goal lead over Carolina on Monday night, but Gerber settled in and made 44 saves to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory.

Gerber, who started for the first time since injuring his hip in the season opener, held the fourth-highest scoring team in the NHL to its lowest output of the season in handing the Senators their first loss of 2005-06.

"They're for sure better feelings out there," Gerber said of facing the early deficit. "But the game is over after 60 minutes."

Frantisek Kaberle scored the winning goal early in the third period and Eric Staal and Matt Cullen also had goals for the Hurricanes, who improved to 3-0 at home and won for the fourth time in five games.

The Bruins will be looking to solve Gerber after the 40-year-old Belfour made 49 saves to lead Toronto to a 5-4 shootout win over Boston on Monday.

Brad Boyes, Patrick Leahy, Ian Moran and Glen Murray scored for the Bruins, but Boston couldn't hold a 4-3 lead in the third or capitalize on a two-man advantage late in the game.

"It felt like we were up a man for the last 10 minutes of the game, but somehow we got outscored 1-0," Boston goalie Andrew Raycroft said. "It can't happen. It just can't happen."

The Bruins outshot the Leafs 24-6 and scored three straight goals in the second, but Belfour found a way to earn his 439th win, third-most all-time.

The Hurricanes continue a three-game homestand that concludes against Philadelphia on Friday, while the Bruins return home following Wednesday's game for a rematch with the Leafs on Thursday.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 24): Bruins - 9 points, 5th place, 3 PB, Northeast Division. Hurricanes - 11 points, 1st place, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Murray, 6 goals and 13 points; Joe Thornton, 9 assists; Hal Gill, 23 PIM. Hurricanes - Staal, 6 goals, 7 assists and 13 points; Erik Cole, 14 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 24): Bruins - Power play: 16.9 percent (12 for 71), 15th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 79.1 percent (53 for 67), 23rd. Hurricanes - Power play: 19.2 percent (10 for 52), 10th. Penalty killing: 86.7 percent (39 for 45), 6th.

GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Raycroft (3-4-1, 3.28 GAA); Hannu Toivonen (1-1-0, 4.49). Hurricanes - Gerber (2-1-0, 2.31); Cam Ward (3-1-1, 2.53).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Hurricanes, 2-1-1.

LAST MEETING: March 30, 2004; Bruins, 3-2. At Raleigh, N.C., Thornton, Sergei Samsonov and Martin Lapointe scored goals and Felix Potvin made 21 saves as the Bruins broke the 100-point plateau for the second time in three seasons.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 3-3-1 on the road; Hurricanes - 3-0-0 at home.

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