RALEIGH, N.C. -- Eric Staal scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory against the Boston Bruins at PNC Arena.
The Hurricanes (12-23-4) have won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 7. The Bruins (19-15-6) are 1-1-3 in their past five games.
Goaltender Anton Khudobin made 19 saves to earn his second win of the season.
Patrick Dwyer opened the scoring with 34 seconds remaining in the first period. He tapped in a rebound after Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask bobbled Jay McClement's shot from the slot.
Playing on less than 24 hours rest, the Bruins were sluggish in the first period. They did not have a shot on goal until Reilly Smith took a pass from David Krejci and shot low with 3:05 left, only to be stopped by Khudobin coming across the crease. The Hurricanes outshot the Bruins, 14-4 in the period.
The Bruins looked sharper in second period and they had something to show for it when Patrice Bergeron tied the game. After Brad Marchand held on to the puck behind the net, he found Bergeron at the top of the right circle for a slap shot at 14:35. Dougie Hamilton picked up the second assist.
Boston nearly took the lead in the final minute. Krejci and Smith teamed up again, this time with Smith hitting the post after Krejci pulled Khudobin away from the net.