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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The last time Carolina was routed by New Jersey, it was able to get its playoff run back on track against Boston.

The Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes will be hoping for a similar result on Tuesday when they face the Bruins for the second time in eight days.

Carolina (30-28-4) won 3-2 at Boston on Feb. 12, three days after a 6-1 loss at New Jersey. Andrew Ladd scored twice in the first period, and the Hurricanes held on despite a pair of Shawn Thornton goals for Boston (29-23-6) in a span of 27 seconds late in the third period.

Former Bruins first-round draft choice Sergei Samsonov added a goal and an assist for Carolina in the win. The Hurricanes have won four straight against the Bruins and are 6-0-1 in the last seven games in the series.

This time around, Carolina will be trying to bounce back from Monday's 5-1 loss to the Devils. The two defeats against New Jersey are the Hurricanes' only losses in their last six games as they push for a Southeast Division title.

Jeff Hamilton scored the lone goal Monday for the Hurricanes, who had totaled 12 while winning their previous three games.

"They came out with some pressure and we needed to play a pretty solid game," said Hurricanes goalie John Grahame, who made 26 saves in his first start since Dec. 31. "We weren't even close."

The Hurricanes were playing their second full game without captain Rod Brind'Amour, who will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee, and Ray Whitney (groin) and Erik Cole (flu) were both scratched. Whitney, who leads the team with 54 points, and Cole, who has 13 goals and 22 assists, are both day-to-day.

Carolina leads the division by two points over Atlanta and Washington. Florida is four points back, and last-place Tampa Bay is only eight points out of first.

Hurricanes Coach Peter Laviolette may opt to return to Cam Ward in net to face Boston. Ward is 6-1-1 with a 2.50 goals-against average in eight career starts against the Bruins, including wins in three starts this season. He posted a 1-0 shutout in Boston on Jan. 8.

The Bruins lost for the fifth time in seven games on Saturday, falling 4-3 in overtime in Toronto. Zdeno Chara scored with 49.8 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and earn the Bruins a point.

Boston coach Claude Julien was disappointed his team couldn't take better advantage after outshooting the Maple Leafs 18-9 in the first period.

"The big challenge for us is to bear down and find ways to score those goals," he told the Bruins' official Web site.

Boston is tied with Buffalo for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

"Once again, we didn't have consistent play throughout the whole game," defenseman Andrew Ference said.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 19 '08 BOS 3 at CAR 2 - SO P. Kessel
Feb 12 '08 CAR 3 at BOS 2 S. Samsonov
Jan 08 '08 CAR 1 at BOS 0 E. Staal
Dec 28 '07 BOS 3 at CAR 4 E. Staal