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Power-play goal lifts Bruins even with 'Canes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Brian Rolston's second goal in 10 games
came just in time for the Boston Bruins.

Rolston scored a power-play goal at 13:49 of the third period to
lift the Bruins into a 1-1 tie with the Carolina Hurricanes and
salvage an important standings point for Boston.

Jeff O'Neill scored a first-period goal for the Hurricanes, who
controlled much of the game behind the steady goaltending of
Kevin Weekes only to see the Bruins pull out a tie with Rolston's 22nd
goal of the season.

Rolston scored in a 6-5 win against Florida on Feb. 14 to snap a
six-game drought, but he hadn't scored in his last two. The Bruins
lost those games to Tampa Bay and Nashville by a combined score of
10-3.

"It was nice to get it,'' Rolston said. "Goals for our whole
team have been few and far between. ... We've just got to keep
battling and trying to get pucks through.''

Ron Francis and Jan Hlavac assisted on O'Neill's goal for
Carolina, which has four points in four games after dropping 15 of
16 games. Weekes, who had faced 91 shots in his last two starts,
had 26 saves -- most coming as the Bruins turned up the pressure in
the third period.

"We were trying to give (Weekes) a little bit of a break ...
and we didn't want him to figure that was going to happen too
often,'' Carolina coach Paul Maurice said, "so we put him back
into his groove again.''

Boston's Steve Shields made 27 saves.

The Bruins, who came into the game in sixth place in the Eastern
Conference, had lost two straight and four of five. They are 1-3-1
on their seven-game road trip, which resumes Friday at New Jersey.

"We came in after the second period and said whether we get one
or two (points), we've got to battle here and try to get it,''
Rolston said.

After watching the Hurricanes dictate play and take a 22-9 edge
on shots through two periods, Boston outshot Carolina 16-4 in the
third.

"If you keep banging and banging, you get your opportunities,''
Bruins coach Robbie Ftorek said. "I think we played with more
intensity and we played a much smarter game.''

The Hurricanes played aggressively early, winning several
battles along the boards and getting bodies in front of shots. That
eased some of the pressure on Weekes.

In the third period, however, Rolston scored after Sean Hill was
whistled for holding. Rolston's straightaway slap shot from the
blue line tied it and robbed Weekes of his third shutout of the
season.

O'Neill scored his 23rd goal after a first-period tripping
penalty on Kris Vernarsky. Francis brought the puck from behind the
goal to the right side of the crease, then sent a short pass to
O'Neill, who poked it by a diving Steve Shields at 11:50.

It was the fourth straight game O'Neill had a point.

"Overall I thought our effort wasn't bad,'' O'Neill said. "But
when we do get the lead, we've got to continue to press them and
try to get the next goal instead of being passive and sitting
back.''

Game notes
Carolina's Craig Adams and Boston's Martin Lapointe got
into a fight just 40 seconds into the game. The bout came shortly
after Adams delivered a hard hit on Don Sweeney. ... O'Neill has
three goals and two assists in his last four games. ... The
Hurricanes are 4-8-2-1 in the second of back-to-back games. They
lost 4-3 to Toronto on Tuesday. ... The Hurricanes are 1-10-2 in
Wednesday games this season. ... Bruins captain Joe Thornton has 29
goals this season, his fourth straight season with 20 or more
goals. ... Coming into the game, the Bruins had killed 83.6 percent
of opponents' power plays on the road, ranking them 14th in the
league. That compared to 81.8 percent at home, ranking them 24th.