Final OT

Series (Game 3 of 4)

Boston leads 2-1

Game 1: Thursday, November 21st
Game 2: Saturday, January 4th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 19th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 4th

Bruins 1

(28-23-2, 64 pts)

Hurricanes 1

(18-29-6, 50 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 19, 2003

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 OT T
BOS 0 0 1 01
CAR 1 0 0 01

B. Rolston (Bruins - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

K. Weekes (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .963

J. O'Neill (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

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.

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