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Samsonov winner puts Boston at 101 points

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Boston Bruins' latest road win carried
them to the top of the Northeast Division.

Sergei Samsonov scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as the Bruins moved into sole possession of first place in the division by beating Carolina 3-2 Tuesday night.

Joe Thornton and Martin Lapointe also had goals, and Felix Potvin made 21 saves for the Bruins, who have 101 points after going 9-2-1 in their last 12 games. Idle Toronto remained at 99 points.

The Bruins have earned points in 25 of 29 games, including 15 of
their last 16 on the road.

Boston is second in the Eastern Conference, three points behind
Tampa Bay. The Bruins have home games against Washington and New Jersey before closing the season on the road against the Devils.

"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
plays."

Ryan Bayda and Josef Vasicek scored for Carolina, and Kevin Weekes had 26 saves.

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
their lead.

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.

With about 90 seconds left in the period, Carolina's Craig Adams
fired a shot at Potvin from the left side. The puck ricocheted off
the skate of teammate Kevyn Adams and struck the right post.

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.

Game notes
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.