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BOSTON (AP) - It didn't take long for Doug Weight to have an impact on the Carolina Hurricanes.

Weight, playing in just his second game for Carolina, scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to lift the surging Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday.

Carolina goalie Martin Gerber, who stopped three shots during the shootout, stuffed a Sergei Samsonov attempt to secure the win. He had 24 saves in regulation and overtime.

"Martin made a few big stops when we needed him to," Carolina left wing Erik Cole said. "He's been doing a great job, especially in penalty shots."

Ray Whitney shot between Boston goalie Tim Thomas' legs for the first goal of the shootout. But after Gerber turned away Patrice Bergeron and Glen Murray, Brad Boyes scored for Boston to force another round.

Weight, who was traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Hurricanes last Monday, scored on Carolina's next opportunity.

Carolina improved to 5-1 in shootouts, while Boston fell to 0-5.

"We have guys that are capable of scoring," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. "For whatever reason, we haven't had success in shootouts."

Eric Staal had a goal and an assist and Cory Stillman added a pair of assists for the Hurricanes, who improved to 2-1-0 on their four-game road trip.

Carolina, which lost to New Jersey 3-0 Friday, recovered from a pair of one-goal deficits to win for 15th win in 17 games. The Hurricanes have the best record in the NHL and haven't lost consecutive games since losing three straight Nov. 19-22.

"Whether we're up a goal or down a goal, we kept coming," Stillman said. "It goes to show you what our team is made of."

Brad Stuart forced overtime when he took a nifty pass from P.J. Axelsson and fired a slap shot to the left of Gerber 17:55 into the third period. Milan Jurcina also assisted on the goal, which was Stuart's eighth of the season.

Carolina outshot Boston 7-0 in overtime and Frantisek Kaberle hit the left post on a 3-on-1 in the closing seconds of overtime before the Hurricanes won 2-1 in the shootout.

The Bruins lost their second consecutive game after winning five of six. Thomas had 40 saves, but fell to 7-2-1 since getting called up from Providence on Jan. 10.

Thomas saved all nine shots he faced in the first period to help the Bruins go up 1-0. But the Hurricanes outshot Boston 18-4 in the second period, scoring twice.

"I can't say enough about (Thomas)," Boston defender Nick Boynton said. "He's been playing great. He makes key saves when he has to give us a shot."

Staal took a Stillman pass and fired a slap shot past Thomas from the middle of the right circle 3:23 into the third period to put the Hurricanes up 3-2.

Staal, who has four goals and six assists in the last seven games and 34 goals on the season, also assisted on Cole's game-tying goal late in the second period.

Less than a minute after Boyes' 16th of the season gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead, Cole backhanded a shot past Thomas to make it 2-2 15:23 into the second period.

"I thought we were pretty relentless," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said.

Glen Wesley's second goal of the year tied it at 1 in the second period. Thomas made a pad save on a Chad LaRose slap shot, but Wesley poked the rebound past an outstretched Thomas and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. Ward also assisted on the score.

A day after being shut out by the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins spent most of the first period on the offensive.

Boston recorded 11 first-period shots and took a 1-0 lead when David Tanabe blasted a slap shot past Gerber 9:54 into the period. It was Tanabe's second of the season.

Notes: Staal has 20 multi-point games on the season. ... Axelsson recorded his 200th career point. ... Boston was without left wing Marco Sturm, who sustained an upper-body injury in the Bruins' 2-0 loss to Montreal Saturday. ... The Bruins fell to 9-1-2 against Southeastern Division opponents. ... Tanabe was Carolina's first-round draft pick in 1999. ... The Bruins fell to 3-5-2 in the second game of back-to-backs.

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