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Carolina
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28-34-14-6
Boston
Bruins
41-19-15-7

25 SOG
37 SOG
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CAR
BOS
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Carolina Hurricanes 2, Boston Bruins 1 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Carolina Hurricanes 2, Boston Bruins 1 FINAL
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Boston Bruins 1

BOSTON (AP) -- Peter Laviolette has fit in perfectly in his first two games as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Radim Vrbata and Eric Staal scored goals and Kevin Weekes made 37 saves to lead Carolina to a 2-1 victory over Boston on Saturday, the Hurricanes' second straight win under Laviolette.

"I know that nothing will happen overnight. I'm going to work to gain their trust and their respect and I hope they're going to work to gain mine," Laviolette said.

Paul Maurice, who spent nine-plus seasons as the Hurricanes' head coach and was the NHL's longest-tenured coach, was fired Monday following an 8-12-8-2 start. Carolina beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime Thursday night in Laviolette's debut, and survived a hectic third period Saturday to beat the Bruins.

"It was a big lift for us mentally and emotionally to get that first win," Laviolette said. "Then to come in here for a road game against a team that you know was going to be buzzing and you knew was going to play an inspired game. I think it's a credit to our guys to match it, or better it."

Staal pushed the Hurricanes' lead to 2-0 3:03 into the third period with his seventh goal of the season, corralling a loose puck in front and beating goalie Andrew Raycroft with a backhand flip.

"The puck landed right flat, and I just kept going to the net, and got lucky when I slipped it through his legs," Staal said.

Boston cut it to 2-1 on Glen Murray's power-play goal 9:40 into the third. Nick Boynton put a shot on net that goalie Kevin Weekes deflected, and Murray put home the rebound for his 11th goal.

Vrbata opened the scoring 1:57 into the second period, picking up his eighth goal of the season on a wrist shot.

Martin Lapointe appeared to tie the game 2-2 by putting a rebound past Weekes with 3:18 left, but the officials blew the play dead before Lapointe touched the puck.

Boston is winless in its last seven home games, and has scored more than two goals just twice in its last nine games overall.

"Teams go through stretches where everything becomes difficult, and I think you can't just flick a switch and expect to get out of it," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I think if we get the effort and focus and play as smart as we did today I think we'll get the result we're looking for."

Raycroft stopped 23 shots. On Thursday night, he was pulled after allowing five goals on 10 shots in two periods against Calgary.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:57
CAR
Radim Vrbata (8) ASST: Robert Boughner (2), Josef Vasicek (7)
1 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
03:33
CAR
Eric Staal (7) ASST: Ron Francis (5), Jeff O'Neill (15)
2 - 0 CAR
09:40
BOS
PPG - Glen Murray (11) ASST: Joe Thornton (24), Nick Boynton (11)
2 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
05:31
BOS
Daniel Mcgillis  Roughing
18:02
BOS
Brian Rolston  Hooking
2nd Period
02:01
BOS
Doug Doull  Fighting (maj)
02:01
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Fighting (maj)
04:35
BOS
Daniel Mcgillis  Interference
07:09
BOS
Ted Donato  Hi-sticking
08:20
CAR
Kevyn Adams  Interference on goalkeeper
12:28
BOS
P.J. Axelsson  Hooking
19:23
CAR
Danny Markov  Holding
3rd Period
05:15
CAR
Josef Vasicek  Hooking
05:52
BOS
Martin Lapointe  Slashing
09:12
CAR
Radim Vrbata  Too many men/ice - bench
10:55
BOS
Glen Murray  Tripping - Obstruction
15:40
CAR
Bret Hedican  Interference
goalie stats
Kevin Weekes
Kevin Weekes
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .973SH: 0 - 0
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 25TOI: 59:25
Saves: 23EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .920SH: 2 - 2