NHL Capsules: Cam Ward stops 47 shots as Hurricanes blank Bruins 3-0

BOSTON – Cam Ward made 47 saves—22 in the first period and 20 in the third—Brandon Sutter had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes finished their first season-sweep of the Boston Bruins with a 3-0 victory on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes, who won all four meetings with the Bruins, are 15-25-9 against the rest of the NHL and are last in the Eastern Conference. Carolina outscored Boston 14-5 in the season sweep, the franchise’s first over Boston, dating to the days when the team was the Hartford Whalers.

Eric Staal scored in the first period, Tuomo Ruutu converted Sutter’s rebound in the second, and Sutter added a goal 3:13 into the third.

Ward, 11-11-2 against the Bruins, posted his third shutout of the season and 19th of his NHL career—including three over Boston.


PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Wayne Simmonds had two goals, Matt Read and Claude Giroux also scored, and Philadelphia snapped Nashville’s five-game winning streak.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves to earn his 175th career win, and the Flyers finally played just 60 minutes. They went to a shootout in their previous three games, losing twice.

Ryan Suter had Nashville’s lone goal. The Predators had won nine of 10 and entered with the NHL’s best record since Dec. 28, going 13-2.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Zach Parise scored two goals, including the go-ahead tally with 2:44 remaining, and New Jersey rallied to beat Montreal.

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David Clarkson also scored twice, including an empty-netter in the final seconds. Dainius Zubrus added a goal, and Ilya Kovalchuk had three assists for the Devils, who have won two straight. Martin Brodeur made 27 saves.

David Desharnais, Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche scored for Montreal, which had 18 saves from Carey Price.

Parise’s second goal gave the Devils their first lead of the night. He deflected Kovalchuk’s shot past Price to break a 3-3 tie. Clarkson finished the scoring for the Devils, who had trailed 2-0 and 3-1.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Kyle Wellwood scored 3:14 into overtime to lead Winnipeg past Tampa Bay.

Wellwood scored from in close off a left-circle pass from Blake Wheeler.

Wheeler also scored for the Jets, who had lost seven straight at Tampa Bay, dating to the franchise’s time in Atlanta. Ondrej Pavelec finished with 30 saves.

Victor Hedman scored and Mathieu Garon stopped 22 shots for the Lightning, who had a season-best, five-game winning streak snapped. Garon fell to 5-1 against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.

Hedman tied it 1-all at 10:34 of the third after taking a nifty neutral zone touch pass by Martin St. Louis. The defenceman snapped a 25-game goal drought, dating to Oct. 22 against Buffalo.

St. Louis has 10 assists and 13 points during an eight-game point streak. The right wing has at least one assist in every game of the spurt.