RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Boston Bruins' latest road win carried
them to the top of the Northeast Division.
The Bruins have earned points in 25 of 29 games, including 15 of
their last 16 on the road.
"All year, we've been playing a simple game," Thornton said.
"When we get on the road, we don't play too fancy. We just chip
the puck in, go and forecheck hard, and keep the puck out of our
end. There's really no secret, just the work ethic and smart
The teams were tied at 1 before the Bruins took control in the
second period. They got Samsonov's 15th goal, then withstood a
five-on-three Carolina power play and got a good bounce to preserve
The Bruins added Thornton's 23rd of the season for a two-goal
advantage early in the third. Vasicek cut the deficit midway
through the period, but Carolina got no closer.
The Hurricanes had played well recently despite being eliminated
from the playoff race. Carolina had scored 28 points in 22 games
coming in, but the Canes got few good scoring chances and struggled again on the power play.
The Hurricanes failed on three chances Tuesday. They had a two-man advantage for two minutes in the second period and a man advantage going into the third, but they didn't manage a shot on either power play.
The Canes have gone 0-for-26 on the power play since Sean Hill's second-period goal against Pittsburgh on March 19. Carolina came into the game with the league's worst power play, scoring just 40 goals on 374 attempts.
"The power play is something you need to have going in order to
have success," Bayda said. "One goal on the power play makes it
that much easier to win. ... Once in a while, it's the lucky one
that goes off a shinpad to get everything rolling. Throughout the
whole year, we really haven't had that."
Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said the power play was an
extension of a "pretty lousy game for us."
"We just didn't execute," he said.
Samsonov put the Bruins ahead to stay, taking a pass from
Patrice Bergeron along the boards and beating Weekes from between
the circles five minutes into the second period.
Carolina had a chance to tie it when Thornton was whistled for
interference and Glen Murray called for hooking at 14:59 of the
period, but the Hurricanes couldn't take advantage.
Other than Vasicek's third-period goal, it turned out to be the
Hurricanes' best scoring chance late.
"As the game went on, I thought we got stronger," Boston coach
Mike Sullivan said.
Boston improved to 21-15-8-3 when an opponent scores first.
... Samsonov now has four goals and two assists in his last four
games. ... Bayda's first-period goal marked just the 29th time in
80 games that the Hurricanes scored first. ... Rod Brind'Amour's
assist on Bayda's goal gave him 13 points in 15 games. ... The
Bruins are 23-0-4-3 when leading after two periods.