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Canes blank Bruins to tie series

THE Carolina Hurricanes blanked the Boston Bruins 3-0 on the back of 36 saves from Cam Ward to even up their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 1-1 on Sunday.

Ward secured his fourth career playoff shutout while goals from Joe Corvo, Matt Cullen and Eric Staal gave the underdog Hurricanes a huge lift heading back to Raleigh for Game 3 tomorrow.

"He is our rock," Staal said of Ward. "He needs to play well every night in order for us to have a shot at winning, and he did that tonight."

Ward preserved the shutout with 16 saves in the third period, including big stops on shots by Boston's Michael Ryder and Dennis Wideman during a Bruins' power play.

"We needed to respond to them and have a big effort tonight, and I thought we played well," Ward said after his second shutout in four games.

Corvo and Cullen scored in the second period, Cullen on a short-handed tally before Staal added an empty-netter with 28 seconds to play. The goals were the first of the playoffs for both Corvo and Cullen.

"We played a more patient game," Corvo said. "In the last game we wanted to score two goals in one shift. We were pressing and guys were getting anxious. We just kind of relaxed tonight."

The loss ended a five-game playoff winning streak for the top-seeded Bruins.

Waived off

Carolina had a potential fourth goal waived off with 0.2 seconds to go in the second when a shot by Chad LaRose hit the crossbar and rolled along the goal line.

In Detroit, Todd Marchant scored 1:15 into the third OT to give the Anaheim Ducks a 4-3 series-leveling victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Jonas Hiller made a career-high 59 saves, and Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Pronger and Ryan Carter also scored for the Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal.

Brad Stuart, Mikael Samuelsson and Johan Franzen scored for the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings.

Marchant carried the puck up the middle of ice, made a move to slip into open space in the left circle and flicked a wrist shot past Chris Osgood. The Ducks have won five straight playoff games against Detroit in overtime, winning twice after regulation two years ago in the Western Conference finals en route to the Stanley Cup title.


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