Related News

Home » Sports » Ice Hockey

Bruins maul Hurricanes to halt slide

THE Boston Bruins scored five successive goals, three in the third period, to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 and halt a four-game losing streak on Tuesday.

Blake Wheeler, Shane Hnidy, David Krejci, Chuck Kobasew and Patrice Bergeron all found the net for the Eastern Conference leaders after Matt Cullen scored for Carolina in the first period.

Three of the goals came in the final 3:48 as Boston (40-10-8) became the first NHL team to win 40 games this year.

The Bruins twice scored on powerplays, by Wheeler and Kobasew, and twice with shorthanded goals, by Krejci and Bergeron. Bergeron's goal was also an empty-netter.

Wheeler leveled the score with 2:35 remaining in the first and Hnidy delivered the game winner with the only goal of the second period. Both Krejci and Bergeron had assists to go with their goals.

The win completed a four-game season sweep of Carolina by Boston and left the Hurricanes in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, five points out of playoff contention. "You can't play like this at home and expect to make the playoffs," Carolina forward Ray Whitney said.

Boston's Tim Thomas turned away 31 Carolina shots and Cam Ward had 29 saves for the Hurricanes, who honoured retired defenseman Glen Wesley before the game.

In San Jose, California, Patrick Marleau scored two goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves as the San Jose Sharks snapped their three-game winless streak with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Joe Thornton also scored, and Joe Pavelski extended his goal-scoring streak to four games as the Sharks finally figured out how to beat long-time nemesis Dwayne Roloson, the Edmonton goalie who's been responsible for several of San Jose's most significant home losses over the past four seasons.

Fifth shutout

In Sunrise, Florida, Tomas Vokoun stopped 36 shots for his fifth shutout of the season as Florida snapped New Jersey's seven-game road winning streak with a 4-0 win.

The shutout was the eighth of the season for the Panthers, tying Columbus for most in the league.

In Tampa, Florida, Jonathan Toews scored twice and Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists as Chicago withstood the first career hat-trick by Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos to settle for a 5-3 win.

The Lightning let a 3-1 lead slip away to the Blackhawks, who improved to 17-11-3 on the road with 37 points, fourth best in the league.

In Denver, Wojtek Wolski scored off his own rebound 80 seconds into overtime to lift Colorado 3-2 over Ottawa. Ian Laperriere and Ryan Smyth also scored for last-place Colorado, which has won two in a row.

In Toronto, Drew Stafford scored twice as Buffalo beat Toronto 4-1 to move into a tie for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Daniel Paille and Matt Ellis also scored for the Sabres, and Ryan Miller made 27 saves.

Pavel Kubina scored for the Maple Leafs.

In Calgary, Alberta, Ryan Kesler scored twice and Pavol Demitra had the shootout winner as Vancouver edged Calgary 4-3.

With goalie Roberto Luongo pulled for an extra attacker, Kevin Bieksa scored the game-tying goal on a shot through a crowd with 51 seconds remaining in the third period.

Calgary had taken a 3-2 lead at 6:52 of the third on Rene Bourque's 20th goal of the season.

Miikka Kiprusoff had 40 saves for Calgary and Luongo had 38 for the Canucks.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend