Carolina
Hurricanes
40-34-8
Boston
Bruins
35-41-6

36 SOG
36 SOG
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CAR
BOS
game recap

Hurricanes 5, Bruins 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:16 AM

Associated Press

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

BOSTON (AP) -Peter Laviolette's in-between period tirade surely registered with Ray Whitney.

Whitney had three goals and two assists to lift the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

"They weren't pretty goals, but when we are playing well, they're the kind of goals this teams gets," Whitney said.

Carolina trailed 1-0 but scored four goals in the final 4:24 of the second period. Whitney needed only 1:40 to notch his second NHL hat trick and then helped set up Justin Williams' team-leading 28th goal with 2.6 seconds remaining in the period, sending the Bruins off the ice to a chorus of boos.

Laviolette, Carolina's coach, wasn't pleased with his club early in the game. They responded and gave him his 100th NHL victory.

"We played a terrible first period and we got a tongue lashing between periods," Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley said. "Whitney single-handedly gave us the lead and we gained confidence from there."

Carolina won for the third time in nine games and took three of four in the season series against the Bruins.

Hurricanes left wing Erik Cole had to be helped off the ice with a lower body injury at 8:46 of the second period and didn't return. Last year, Cole missed the final 22 regular-season games and the first 23 playoff contests. He returned for the last two games of the Stanley Cup finals for the Hurricanes and has 49 points this season.

Rod Brind'Amour added an empty-net goal and had three assists. Cam Ward made 34 saves for Carolina.

Brandon Bochenski scored twice and Paul Mara had his second point in 12 games for Boston, which dropped its fourth straight at home and sixth in eight overall.

"There are a lot of teams between us and the eighth seed and Carolina is one we need to catch," defenseman Brad Stuart said. "Maybe we're trying to do too much, but we can't afford to keep throwing away games."

Bochenski gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he jammed the puck past Ward with 4:28 remaining in the first period. Bochenski was acquired in a swap of minor leaguers from Chicago on Feb. 3 and has scored three goals in two games since joining Boston.

"I wanted to make a good impression," Bochenski said. "I know I need to score goals to stick around here so that is what I am trying to do."

Whitney has 23 points in 26 career games against Boston and leads Carolina with 64 points.

The Bruins have one regulation victory since Dec. 29.

Notes: Glen Murray and Marco Sturm returned to the Bruins lineup after missing one game. ... Bill Mosienko has the record for fastest three goals in a game when in 1952 he accomplished the feat in 21 seconds. ... Stuart has one goal in the last 23 games. He entered the game a team-worst minus 22.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:32
BOS
Brandon Bochenski (4) Snap shot - ASST: Paul Mara (15), Patrice Bergeron (33)
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
15:36
CAR
Ray Whitney (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Trevor Letowski (4), Rod Brind'Amour (44)
1 - 1 Tie
16:45
CAR
Ray Whitney (23) Snap shot - ASST: Eric Staal (26), Justin Williams (24)
2 - 1 CAR
17:16
CAR
Ray Whitney (24) Backhand shot - ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (45), Trevor Letowski (5)
3 - 1 CAR
19:57
CAR
PPG - Justin Williams (28) Slapshot - ASST: Ray Whitney (40), Eric Staal (27)
4 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
12:36
BOS
Brandon Bochenski (5) Wrist shot - ASST: P.J. Axelsson (13), Brad Stuart (10)
4 - 2 CAR
19:32
CAR
EN - Rod Brind'Amour (16) Slapshot - ASST: Justin Williams (25), Ray Whitney (41)
5 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
02:32
BOS
Marco Sturm  Hooking
10:46
CAR
Frantisek Kaberle  Holding
17:21
BOS
Glen Murray  Hooking
18:18
CAR
Eric Staal  Hooking
2nd Period
01:54
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Hi-sticking
01:54
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Hi-sticking
08:56
CAR
Justin Williams  Hooking
12:42
CAR
Scott Walker  Fighting (maj)
12:42
BOS
Andrew Alberts  Fighting (maj)
17:55
BOS
Brandon Bochenski  Holding
19:48
BOS
Marc Savard  Hooking
3rd Period
13:17
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Tripping
17:15
BOS
Brandon Bochenski  Tripping
19:32
BOS
Marc Savard  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:32
BOS
Marc Savard  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Cam Ward
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .944SH: 3 - 3
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 35TOI: 59:08
Saves: 31EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .886SH: 3 - 3