Boston at Carolina

Wheeler's two goals push Bruins to seventh consecutive win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Another game. Another Boston Bruins victory.

Blake Wheeler scored twice in the second period, and Michael Ryder broke a tie with 6:14 left to help the surging Bruins win their seventh straight game, 4-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

"We just get key contributions from guys," said Boston center Marc Savard, who had two assists. "When someone is not going, someone else steps up. Tonight it was Wheeler with two goals. That was big for us."

Chuck Kobasew added an empty-net goal for Eastern Conference-leading Boston.

Matt Cullen and Anton Babchuk scored for Carolina.

Carolina opened the scoring in the first period when Chad LaRose's shot deflected off Cullen's leg and past goalie Tim Thomas at 3:54.

Wheeler scored twice in a 3:41 span of the second to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. He tied it with a wrist shot against the grain as he skated through the slot, then scored off a scramble with goalie Cam Ward out of position.

Babchuk tied it at 2 midway through the second period, blasting a slap shot from the right point.

But Boston withstood Carolina's charge and slowly took over the game.

"I thought our first five or six minutes we were good," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "Then for some reason we took our foot off the gas pedal and they started taking it to us. We found a way to win."

Ryder scored after a Carolina turnover in its own end. Savard stripped Rod Brind'Amour of the puck and started the play that led to the winning goal.

"Michael was there on the backside and he does what he does best, which is rip it home," Savard said. "It was a little awkward to make the pass but he was all alone over there. I did everything I could to get it to him."

Thomas stopped 29 shots en route to his 15th victory over the season.

"They pressured us and they pushed us, especially in the second period," Thomas said. "It was like we haven't been pushed in a long time. They kept us in our zone for a good portion. It, actually in the long run, could be good for us to get pushed by a team like this."

The Hurricanes had a 25-12 shot advantage through two periods but Boston clamped down in the final 20 minutes and held Carolina to only six more shots despite have three power plays.

"We did some good things but there's more to the way they beat us than 'they got a couple of lucky breaks,"' Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "We outplayed them overall and we can say we deserved to win, but we did things we've done fairly consistently probably all year. I happen to think this team is better than where we're sitting."

Notes

  • Boston C David Krejci extended his points streak to seven games. He has five goals and nine assists during the run.
  • Ryder has scored the winning goal in two of the last three games for the Bruins.
  • Carolina wore its alternate black uniform.
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Michael Ryder finishes off a turnover in the Carolina zone to score the winning goal. (Getty Images)
Michael Ryder finishes off a turnover in the Carolina zone to score the winning goal. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Boston  (26-5-4) «0224
Carolina (17-15-5)1102
Three Stars
B. Wheeler
BOS


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Ryder
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
A. Babchuk
CAR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
16:06Matt Cullen (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: LaRose, Kaberle
2ND PERIOD
02:23Blake Wheeler (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hunwick
06:04Blake Wheeler (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Krejci, Wideman
10:58Anton Babchuk (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Sutter, Bayda
3RD PERIOD
13:46Michael Ryder (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Savard
19:44Chuck Kobasew (6), Empty Net. Assist: Savard, Wideman
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:39Samsonov, 2 min, High-Sticking
17:35Savard, 2 min, Slashing
2ND PERIOD
15:40Corvo, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
3RD PERIOD
38.0Axelsson, 2 min, High-Sticking
03:23Axelsson, 2 min, Hooking
05:45Walker, 2 min, Roughing
11:14Stuart, 2 min, Cross-Checking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Boston751022
Carolina1411631
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Tim Thomas59:58292
Cam Ward58:59183
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Boston0-for-3
Carolina0-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 16705
Referees - Justin St. Pierre, Ian Walsh
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Ryan Galloway
 
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