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Hurricanes 4, Bruins 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 4, Bruins 1
Boston Bruins 1, Carolina Hurricanes 4

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Eric Staal scored two goals to break the club career playoff scoring record, and the Carolina Hurricanes pushed the top-seeded Boston Bruins to the brink of elimination, pulling away late for a 4-1 victory Friday night.

The Hurricanes lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series 3-1. Game 5 is Sunday night in Boston.

Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal at 2:52 of the third and assisted on the two goals that followed, and Sergei Samsonov added a goal for the Hurricanes.

Marc Savard scored for the Bruins, who have lost three straight since sweeping Montreal in the first round and winning the opener against Carolina.

Jokinen delivered another late goal for Carolina - and this time, he left enough time to generate a couple of goals for his teammates, too.

The Finn capped a third-period burst that started when Anton Babchuk unloaded a slap shot from the left point. Rod Brind'Amour took a whack at it near the left post, and Jokinen swept it past Tim Thomas and into an open net to make it 2-1.

The Hurricanes have become used to go-ahead goals from Jokinen, who won Game 3 with an overtime tap-in two nights earlier. In the series before that, he won Game 4 against New Jersey with an off-the-skate score with 0.2 seconds remaining, then scored to start Carolina's two-goals-in-80-seconds rally that beat the Devils in Game 7.

He then set up Samsonov for a backhander that made it a two-goal game with 5:29 left, and had one of the assists on Staal's second goal 70 seconds later.

Jokinen weaved through several defenders and beat Thomas with a snap shot for his 40th career point in the playoffs, breaking the mark of 39 set by current associate head coach Ron Francis.

Cam Ward made 17 saves in improving his career playoff record to 22-12.

Thomas finished with 27 saves for the Bruins, who were out to prove they still had plenty of fight left in them after losing their previous two. David Krejci seemed to personify that, pancaking Jokinen in front of Thomas just 3 1/2 minutes in.

That collision drew a roughing minor that ultimately backfired on the Bruins. Moments after Ward stuffed P.J. Axelsson on a breakaway, Staal snapped a shot on net - Carolina's first of the night - from the right circle, and it trickled past Thomas.

Not much else went Boston's way early, with the Bruins sending nearly as many shots off the post (two) as on Ward (four). Phil Kessel and Zdeno Chara each rang the right post in the opening 9 1/2 minutes. Savard scored their only goal early with a wrist shot early in the second period.

Notes: Bruins RW Michael Ryder, who assisted on Savard's goal, had a point for the first time since Game 1. He had nine points in Boston's 5-0 start to the playoffs. ... Boston dressed D Shane Hnidy for the first time in the series. He replaced D Andrew Ference (lower body injury). ... D Tim Conboy was active for the first time in the series for Carolina, which dressed seven defensemen and scratched LW Ryan Bayda (flu).

scoring summary
1st Period
04:54
CAR
PPG - Eric Staal (8) ASST: Erik Cole (2), Ray Whitney (5)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
02:37
BOS
PPG - Marc Savard (5) ASST: Mark Recchi (2), Michael Ryder (5)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
02:52
CAR
PPG - Jussi Jokinen (6) ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (1), Anton Babchuk (1)
2 - 1 CAR
14:31
CAR
Sergei Samsonov (2) ASST: Jussi Jokinen (3), Tuomo Ruutu (3)
3 - 1 CAR
15:41
CAR
Eric Staal (9) ASST: Joe Corvo (5), Jussi Jokinen (4)
4 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:43
CAR
Sergei Samsonov  Hooking against  David Krejci
03:17
BOS
David Krejci  Roughing against  Jussi Jokinen
16:59
CAR
Dennis Seidenberg  Roughing against  Milan Lucic
16:59
CAR
Erik Cole  Roughing against  Phil Kessel
16:59
BOS
Milan Lucic  Roughing against  Dennis Seidenberg
16:59
BOS
Marc Savard  Roughing against  Erik Cole
2nd Period
02:09
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Holding against  Shane Hnidy
14:10
BOS
Chuck Kobasew  Holding against  Tim Gleason
3rd Period
01:07
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Hooking against  Eric Staal
06:08
BOS
Steve Montador  Hooking against  Erik Cole
14:59
CAR
Erik Cole  Roughing against  Chuck Kobasew
14:59
BOS
Chuck Kobasew  Holding against  Erik Cole
19:19
CAR
Anton Babchuk  Hooking against  Michael Ryder
19:56
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Roughing against  Chuck Kobasew
19:56
BOS
Chuck Kobasew  Roughing against  Rod Brind'Amour
19:56
BOS
Chuck Kobasew  Interference against  Rod Brind'Amour
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .871SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
7-4-0
SA: 21TOI: 59:50
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .952SH: 1 - 1