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Bruins End Skid With 5-1 Win

The Bruins, consitently good all season, were in the midst of their first rough stretch in quite awhile. Losers of a season-high four straight games (0-2-2), the B’s were in desperate need of a win over medicore Carolina Hurricanes (28-25-5).

Matt Cullen scored his 15th goal 11:03 into the first period to give the ‘Canes a 1-0 lead, and it seemed Boston was destined for a fifth straight defeat. Then, Blake Wheeler scored a power-play goal six minutes later to tie the score. Then, the Bruins scored four more unanswered goals in a 5-1 win.

Shane Hnidy scored his third goal of the year late in the second period to give the B’s the 2-1 lead. The score remained tied deep into the game, and then David Krejci scored on shorthanded goal with less than four minutes to go to give the Bruins a comfortable lead. It was the straw that broke the Hurricanes’ back.

Chuck Kobasew added a power play goal a minute later, and Patrice Bergeron added an empty-netter with less than a minute to go.

Tim Thomas was strong yet again, finishing with 31 saves in 32 chances.

The Bruins, the first team to 40 wins this season, get a little rest before taking on the Florida Panthers Saturday night.

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