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Harrison and Faulk Come Through: Hurricanes 4, Bruins 2

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Justin Faulk scored the game tying goal and Jay Harrison notched the game winner as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-2 in front of a sold out crowd of 18,680 at the RBC on Saturday night.

The Hurricanes scored three goals in the final 6:02 in the deciding third period, including an empty netter by Eric Staal.

After a scoreless first period, the Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Patrice Bergeron knocked in a Johnny Boychuk rebound. The Canes tied things up shortly after that though when Brandon Sutter stole the puck just inside the blueline and sent a shot toward the net. The puck hit Patrick Dwyer on the way, giving Dwyer his fifth goal of the season.

The Bruins would jump back into the lead just one minute and change into the third when Milan Lucic placed a perfect shot up and over Cam Ward. But the Canes did not give up and had multiple chances down in the Bruins end throughout the period.

Carolina finally dented the scoresheet when Tim Brent got the puck out to Faulk who then put a nice shot in from the point. Harrison also put in a shot from the point with just 1:30 left for the game winner.

The Bruins outmuscled the Hurricanes at times in this game and outshot them in every period, but Carolina generated plenty of chances and played positionally sound most of the night. They kept close and were able to take advantage of some opportunities late.

Next up is Washington tomorrow afternoon at 5.

Game Notes:

  • The Bruins outshot the Canes 35 - 21. Pat Dwyer had a team high four shots.
  • Cam Ward was solid again and might play tomorrow as well, although Muller would not commit when asked post game. Ward made 33 saves on those 35 shots, again improving his season's save percentage.
  • The Canes were credited with 18 hits, led by Anthony Stewart and Tuomo Ruutu with three each.
  • Harrison had a team high 23:27 of ice time followed closely by Faulk with 22:48. Harrison now has points in three straight games.
  • Staal's empty netter gives him points in five straight.
  • The team won 44% of their faceoffs: (Staal 53%, Sutter 33%, Jokinen 57%, Brent 33%)
  • Jerome Samson hurt his shoulder late in the game and was bandaged up in the dressing room. He was not sure if he could play against Washington or not. Jeff Skinner may play.