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Hurricanes 5, Bruins 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

David Droschak

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Hurricanes 5, Bruins 2
Boston Bruins 2, Carolina Hurricanes 5

Canes Deliver a Hot Night in December

David Droschak

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 2, 2006) - Erik Cole and Eric Staal hot. Penalty killing in top form. Cory Stillman poised to return to help the power play.

There's not a better time to head out on the second-longest road trip of the season.

Staal scored twice and Cole turned in the play of the year as the Carolina Hurricanes dumped Boston 5-2, stomping the Bruins for the second time in less than two weeks Saturday night.

The victory closed out the three-game home stand in fine fashion as the Canes get ready to head West to play Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Colorado in a week's span.

Carolina took a one-goal lead into the final period before Staal scored his second off a pass from Scott Walker.

Staal now has a team-leading 16 goals as the Canes improved to five games over .500 with the injured Stillman likely to make his season debut soon.

"My goals have been kind of here and there," said Staal. "I want to help out as much as I can consistently and help us win games. I'm getting chances, they are not going in at certain times like they were last year, but I still feel like I'm generating some offense."

Ray Whitney added a goal six minutes after Staal's second to ice it as Carolina improved to 11-0 this season when leading after two, and 42-0-2 over the last two regular seasons. Whitney's 10th gave the Hurricanes six double-figure goal scorers. No other team can match that stat. The only other team with at least five double-digit goal scorers is Buffalo.

"It was nice to get back to that third period wearing them down, grind them down style," coach Peter Laviolette said as Carolina outshot Boston 14-6 over the final 20 minutes.

Cole turned in a highlight-reel goal early in the second period to tie it 2-2. Cole went sprawling inside his zone to block a shot by Brad Stuart, then hopped to his skates and took off in a race with the Boston defenseman for the puck. Cole reached it first and poked it ahead slightly with Stuart on his hip. The Carolina left wing then cut across the goal mouth, beating Stuart and a charging Jason York, waited until goalie Tim Thomas went down, then schooled him up high.

It was a five-tool play by Cole, displaying defense, speed, strength, finesse and scoring touch as he went the length of the ice for his 11th of the season and fourth in his last four games.

"That was a working-man's effort with a lot of skill involved," Laviolette said. "When he got back to the bench I looked at him and said 'Wow.' Everybody on the bench said the same thing."

"I think that might make the ESPN top 10 list," Staal said of Cole's goal. "I was standing right behind him when he blocked the shot and I said, 'OK, that's a nice play, a good blocked shot.' Then he got up and flew by two guys and made a nice move and scored. He's got great wheels and good hands."

Cole has returned strong from a broken neck that sidelined him for several months late last season and now has 27 points in 28 games.

"I hope this continues for me as we go out West," he said. "I feel like I'm close to where I was last year before I got hurt. I feel good out there and relaxed."

The Hurricanes turned in a brilliant penalty-killing display over the final 13 minutes of the second period after Cole tied it. The Canes allowed just one shot on a four-minute high-sticking penalty against Craig Adams, then took a 3-2 lead heading into the third when Justin Williams scored short-handed 18 seconds into an Anton Babchuk delay of game penalty with 1:04 left.

The Williams goal was set up perfectly by Rod Brind'Amour, who blocked a shot at the blue line, then waited a few seconds before a Boston player cleared a passing lane to feather a pass to send Williams in on a breakaway.

Seconds later, Cam Ward kept Carolina in the lead with a point-blank save on Petr Tenkrat.

Boston also failed on its two third-period power plays to go 0-for-5 on the night as Carolina has inched up to 11th in the league in penalty killing.

"I'm getting a little bit more comfortable with the bench and the new players and Chad LaRose is figuring in to things more," Laviolette said. "There is a comfort level going on both ways with the system and with the penalty killers. A lot of nights it goes quietly unnoticed, but maybe not tonight since we scored. But it saves games for you."

Carolina started out hot with a Staal goal 2:43 in and then two straight power plays, but the Canes failed to generate anything with the man advantage and then allowed two Boston goals 1:02 apart. The goals came after the Bruins were held without a shot for the first 10 minutes of the game and Whitney failed to convert on a 2-on-1 with Cole that would have given the Canes a 2-0 lead.

"The positive thing was we went back into the second period forgetting about the score and just worrying about our game and how we play the game," said Laviolette. "We talked about getting out of the second period at least even."

David Droschak is the former sports editor for the North Carolina bureaus of the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering organization in the world. In 2003, Droschak was named the North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year. The only writer in the Triangle to have covered the Carolina Hurricanes every season since the organization moved to North Carolina, he currently is a principal in the Raleigh-based public relations firm Hughes-Droschak Communications.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:43
CAR
Eric Staal (15) ASST: Anton Babchuk (7), Kevyn Adams (2)
1 - 0 CAR
14:15
BOS
Shean Donovan (2) ASST: Wayne Primeau (3), Mark Mowers (3)
1 - 1 Tie
15:17
BOS
Brad Stuart (2) ASST: Marco Sturm (4), Patrice Bergeron (18)
2 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
05:56
CAR
Erik Cole (11) ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
18:56
CAR
SHG - Justin Williams (11) ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (25)
3 - 2 CAR
3rd Period
06:10
CAR
Eric Staal (16) ASST: Scott Walker (11), Erik Cole (16)
4 - 2 CAR
11:24
CAR
Ray Whitney (10) ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (26), Justin Williams (16)
5 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
02:01
BOS
Shean Donovan  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Ladd
02:01
CAR
Andrew Ladd  Fighting (maj) against  Shean Donovan
04:40
BOS
Andrew Alberts  Roughing against  Erik Cole
04:40
BOS
Andrew Alberts  Roughing against  Erik Cole
04:40
CAR
Anton Babchuk  Roughing against  Andrew Alberts
07:14
BOS
Mark Stuart  Holding against  Trevor Letowski
2nd Period
07:12
CAR
Craig Adams  Hi-sticking against  Petr Tenkrat
07:12
CAR
Craig Adams  Hi-sticking against  Petr Tenkrat
12:26
BOS
Andrew Alberts  Roughing against  Scott Walker
12:26
CAR
Scott Walker  Roughing against  Andrew Alberts
13:31
BOS
Marco Sturm  Slashing against  Niclas Wallin
18:37
CAR
Anton Babchuk  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
00:35
CAR
Justin Williams  Hi-sticking against  Zdeno Chara
12:10
CAR
Kevyn Adams  Holding against  Zdeno Chara
17:33
BOS
Milan Jurcina  Hooking against  Kevyn Adams
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .833SH: 2 - 3
Cam Ward
SA: 19TOI: 59:51
Saves: 17EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .895SH: 1 - 1