Hurricanes end skid, top Bruins, 4-2
Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner (53) skates up the ice as Boston Bruins' Jaromir Jagr (68), of the Czech Republic, falls during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, April 13, 2013. Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11) defends. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Boston Bruins' Tyler Seguin (19) shoots and scores on Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters (35) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11) is blocked by Boston Bruins Tuukka Rask, of Finland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (27) and Tim Gleason (6) struggle for possession with Boston Bruins' Daniel Paille (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) scores on Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
RALEIGH, N.C. – Jiri Tlusty scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes ended a seven-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins last night.
Joe Corvo’s power-play goal at 9:36 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie.
The win was Carolina’s first in the month of April and the Hurricanes also ended an eight-game losing streak at home.
Jeff Skinner added a first-period power-play goal, the first time this season Boston had allowed two power-play goals in a game.
Carolina goalie Justin Peters stopped 28 shots while Boston’s Tuukka Rask had 34 saves.
Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins.
The teams were tied 1-1 after a wild first period that had three fights, and the Hurricanes outshot the Bruins 17-4.
Boston’s Shawn Thornton tangled with Kevin Westgarth at 14:14 of the first, while Jay Harrison fought Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara at 18:41. Carolina’s Nicolas Blanchard, in just his second NHL game, dropped the gloves with Gregory Campbell at 19:32.
Lucic opened the scoring at 6:07 of the first, scoring his sixth goal on a deflection. Jaromir Jagr had an assist for his 1,686th career point.
Skinner tied it on a power play at 19:24, taking a pass from Alexander Semin and beating Rask from behind stick-side.
Tlusty gave Carolina a 2-1 lead at 14:04 of the second, receiving Eric Staal’s pass from behind the net in the right circle and lifting it over Rask’s right shoulder.
But the Bruins tied it 2-2 at 17:57 when Andrew Ference took the puck from Semin at the red line and passed to Seguin for a breakaway.
Corvo, who played for Boston last season, put the Hurricanes ahead on the power play at 9:36 of the third when he received Marc-Andre Bergeron’s pass on the left point and beat Rask over the right shoulder.
Tlusty added an empty-net goal with 28.1 seconds left in the game for his career-high 19th goal.
∎ Boston C Patrice Bergeron, out since a concussion on April 2 against Ottawa, was back at full speed for the morning skate but did not dress, while C Brad Marchand remained out with his concussion suffered at New Jersey. Bruins D Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
∎ Boston will host Ottawa tomorrow night while Carolina will visit Ottawa on Tuesday night.
∎ Carolina D Joni Pitkanen (five games, heel), C Tim Brent (two games, lower body), LW Drayson Bowman (two games, lower body) and RW Tim Wallace (first game, upper body) were scratches.