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Sunday, December 28, 2008
It's going to take more than Hurricanes to stop the B's
The runaway freight train that is the Boston Bruins continued to barrel down the tracks. Last night, the B's (26-5-4) picked up a tight 3-2 win in Carolina (17-15-5) at the RBC Center.
With the two points and coupled with the Sharks loss, the Bruins are one point shy of the best record in the entire NHL.
Matt Cullen gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead in the first period as he scored a goal from Chad LaRose and Frantisek Kaberle.
Rookie phenom Blake Wheeler continued his hot streak as he scored two goals in the second period (in a span of 3:41).
Fellow rookie and defenseman Matt Hunwick assisted on the first tally while David Krejci and Dennis Wideman assisted on the second (Wheeler's 13th of the season).
Carolina's Anton Babchuk tied it up later in the second with help from Brendan Sutter (the sixth Sutter to play in the NHL, really) and Ryan Bayda.
Michael Ryder scored the game-winner for the Bruins, 13:46 into the third period. Marc Savard whipped a crisp pass right to Ryder's stick and Ryder used his quick release to put it by Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (18 saves).
Chuck Kobasew's empty-netter (from Savard and Wideman) with 16 seconds remaining ended any doubt that Boston would skate away with two points.
Carolina actually controlled most of the play but Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas stood tall with 29 saves as he improved his record to 15-3-3.
The Bruins go to Atlanta this afternoon for a game with the pathetic Thrashers (who they've already beaten three times this season). It is the teams' last meeting of the season.