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The Boston Bruins know they they'll need to start scoring more if they hope to avoid their longest losing streak of the season.

The Bruins look to shake a four-game slide on Friday when they visit the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes.

Boston (18-14-4) has gone 0-3-1 during its second four-game losing streak of the season and has not won since a 2-0 victory over Columbus on Dec. 15. The Bruins have allowed at least four goals in each of their last three games, including Sunday's 4-2 loss in Pittsburgh, and at least three goals in six of their last seven.

However, Boston has struggled just as much or more on offense. The Bruins have scored more than two goals only once in their last six games and have just 94 this season, remaining the only Northeast Division team yet to score 100.

They are just 5-for-30 on the power play (16.7 percent) over the last eight games.

"It's frustrating," forward Marc Savard said. "You want to score goals. That's the fun of the game: putting the puck in the other team's net. When you're only getting one or two a game, it's frustrating and it weighs on you."

P.J. Axelsson and Petteri Nokelainen scored on Sunday for the Bruins, who lost for the first time in four road games. Boston is 10-8-2 away from home.

The Bruins have dropped three of four in Carolina but won 4-3 in overtime on Feb. 3 in their last trip there. However, since the start of the 2003-04 season, Boston has won just three times in 12 games against the Hurricanes (19-16-3).

Carolina has won three of five overall, but lost 4-2 to the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Scott Walker and Eric Staal scored for the Hurricanes, who had scored at least three goals in each of their previous five games.

Carolina's Matt Cullen appeared to get knocked momentarily unconscious after taking a forearm and elbow to the face from New York's Colton Orr. Cullen was eventually helped off the ice, clutching a towel to a facial cut.

"I believe he has a broken nose," coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's hard to say if he has a concussion. A mild one, maybe. I'm not sure. When you get knocked out like that and your face hits the ice, if you can walk away with just a broken nose, that's a good thing. It's too early to say if he has a concussion or not."

Cullen has recorded an assist in each of his last three games, and has two goals and five assists over his last six.

Defenseman David Tanabe missed a third straight game with a concussion, but defenseman Mike Commodore returned after missing 13 of the previous 14 games with finger and foot injuries.

Wednesday's game was the end of a 1-2 road trip for the Hurricanes, who have not played in Raleigh since a 3-2 overtime win over Toronto on Dec. 18.

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