Carolina at Boston

Whitney pulls hat trick, Hurricanes blow past Bruins

CBS wire reports

BOSTON -- Peter Laviolette's in-between period tirade surely registered with Ray Whitney.

Whitney had three goals and two assists to lift the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

"They weren't pretty goals, but when we are playing well, they're the kind of goals this teams gets," Whitney said.

Carolina trailed 1-0 but scored four goals in the final 4:24 of the second period. Whitney needed only 1:40 to notch his second NHL hat trick and then helped set up Justin Williams' team-leading 28th goal with 2.6 seconds remaining in the period, sending the Bruins off the ice to a chorus of boos.

Laviolette, Carolina's coach, wasn't pleased with his club early in the game. They responded and gave him his 100th NHL victory.

"We played a terrible first period and we got a tongue lashing between periods," Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley said. "Whitney single-handedly gave us the lead and we gained confidence from there."

Carolina won for the third time in nine games and took three of four in the season series against the Bruins.

Hurricanes left wing Erik Cole had to be helped off the ice with a lower body injury at 8:46 of the second period and didn't return. Last year, Cole missed the final 22 regular-season games and the first 23 playoff contests. He returned for the last two games of the Stanley Cup finals for the Hurricanes and has 49 points this season.

Rod Brind'Amour added an empty-net goal and had three assists. Cam Ward made 34 saves for Carolina.

Brandon Bochenski scored twice and Paul Mara had his second point in 12 games for Boston, which dropped its fourth straight at home and sixth in eight overall.

"There are a lot of teams between us and the eighth seed and Carolina is one we need to catch," defenseman Brad Stuart said. "Maybe we're trying to do too much, but we can't afford to keep throwing away games."

Bochenski gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he jammed the puck past Ward with 4:28 remaining in the first period. Bochenski was acquired in a swap of minor leaguers from Chicago on Feb. 3 and has scored three goals in two games since joining Boston.

"I wanted to make a good impression," Bochenski said. "I know I need to score goals to stick around here so that is what I am trying to do."

Whitney has 23 points in 26 career games against Boston and leads Carolina with 64 points.

The Bruins have one regulation victory since Dec. 29.


  • Glen Murray and Marco Sturm returned to the Bruins lineup after missing one game.
  • Bill Mosienko has the record for fastest three goals in a game when in 1952 he accomplished the feat in 21 seconds.
  • Stuart has one goal in the last 23 games. He entered the game a team-worst minus 22.
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Carolina's Ray Whitney is pumped after he completes his hat trick during the second period.  (AP)
Carolina's Ray Whitney is pumped after he completes his hat trick during the second period. (AP)
Carolina  (28-22-7) «0415
Boston (24-25-4)1012
Three Stars
R. Whitney

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 1
B. Bochenski

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
J. Williams

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
15:32Brandon Bochenski (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Paul Mara, Patrice Bergeron
15:36Ray Whitney (22), Slap Shot - Assists: Trevor Letowski, Rod Brind'Amour
16:45Ray Whitney (23), Slap Shot - Assists: Eric Staal, Justin Williams
17:16Ray Whitney (24), Wrap Shot - Assists: Rod Brind'Amour, Trevor Letowski
19:57Power Play - Justin Williams (29), Tip-In - Assists: Ray Whitney, Eric Staal
12:36Brandon Bochenski (5), Wrist Shot - Assists: P.J. Axelsson, Brad Stuart
19:33Rod Brind'Amour (16), Empty Net - Assists: Justin Williams, Frantisek Kaberle
Penalty Summary
02:32Sturm: Hooking - 2 min.
10:46Kaberle: Holding - 2 min.
17:21Murray: Hooking - 2 min.
18:18Staal: Hooking - 2 min.
01:54Brind'Amour: High sticking - 4 min.
08:56Williams: Hooking - 2 min.
12:42Alberts: Fighting - 5 min.
12:42Walker: Fighting - 5 min.
17:55Bochenski: Holding - 2 min.
19:48Savard: Hooking - 2 min.
13:17Brind'Amour: Tripping - 2 min.
17:15Bochenski: Tripping - 2 min.
19:32Savard: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
19:32Savard: Gross Misconduct - 10 min.
Cam Ward60:00342
Tim Thomas59:08314
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