GAME: Carolina Hurricanes (9-12-8-2) at Boston Bruins (13-7-8-4).
TIME: Saturday, 1 p.m. EST.
The Peter Laviolette era in Carolina got off to a good start Thursday night.
The Hurricanes look to make it two wins in a row under their new coach as
they face the struggling Boston Bruins at the FleetCenter.
Rod Brind'Amour scored with 1:10 left in regulation, and Jeff O'Neill added
the game-winner at 2:14 of overtime as the Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh
Penguins 2-1 in Laviolette's Carolina debut.
Laviolette was hired after the Hurricanes, who rank last in the NHL with 58
goals, fired Paul Maurice on Monday. Laviolette, who had 77 wins in two seasons
as coach of the New York Islanders before he was let go after losing in the
first round of last season's playoffs, vowed to bring an up-tempo style to
Carolina to increase scoring.
It took a while for the Hurricanes to find the net against the Penguins, the
league's worst defensive team, but they did outshoot Pittsburgh 34-11.
"We had to start thinking, 'Here we go again,"' said O'Neill, who ended a
monthlong scoring drought. "But we said before the game we were finally going
to get some results for our work."
Brind'Amour's game-winner was his first goal in 14 games.
The Hurricanes hope that Thursday's win will be the first step in their
climb up the Eastern Conference standings. Laviolette hung a board with the
conference standings in the locker room so the team, which is in 11th place in
the East, will see it as they take the ice.
"He put it up to know where we stand on a day-to-day basis," goalie Kevin
Weekes said. "Still, a lot of factors are within our control."
The Bruins are coming off Thursday's 5-0 home loss to the Calgary Flames.
Andrew Raycroft, who has emerged as Boston's No. 1 goalie this season, allowed
five goals on 10 shots before being replaced by Felix Potvin to start the third
"They had some good chances and their better players took them," Raycroft
said. "But at the same time I've got to make a save somewhere along the line
to stop the bleeding."
The Bruins have just one win in their last eight (1-3-4).