With star center Keith Primeau expected to miss the rest of the season in a contract holdout, the Carolina Hurricanes got two goals from Paul Ranheim and a goal and two assists from Robert Kron last night to beat Bruins in Boston, 7-3.
Martin Gelinas added a goal and an assist and Arturs Irbe stopped 30 shots for Carolina, 5-0-1 in its last six games in Boston.
Byron Dafoe made 28 saves for the Bruins, who scored two goals in six seconds in the first period to tie it at 2, but couldn't stay close.
Primeau, a restricted free agent and Carolina's leading scorer the last two years, has rejected several contract offers by the team, leading Gary Roberts to say of Primeau, "He has hung this entire team out to dry."
Roberts also made a statement on the ice, scoring Carolina's third goal just 36 seconds into the second period.
"When guys like Kron, Gelinas and Ranheim do what they did for us, it takes the pressure off the big-time players," Roberts said. "We need to play team tough because we don't have any real killers out there."
Boston's Ray Bourque had one assist, giving him 1,495 career points and moving him into ninth place on the career list. He entered the night tied with Mario Lemieux; Paul Coffey is eighth with 1,503.
* RED WINGS 5, PREDATORS 2: In Detroit, Steve Yzerman moved into ninth place on the NHL's career goals list and Larry Murphy moved into a tie for 10th in career assists. Yzerman, who also had three assists, deflected Murphy's shot past goalie Mike Dunham at 5 minutes 41 seconds of the second period for his 609th goal, breaking a tie with Dino Ciccarelli. Bobby Hull is eighth with 610.
The assist was the 900th of Murphy's career. He added another in the third period to move into a tie with Bryan Trottier.
* FLYERS 3, ISLANDERS 2: Rod Brind'Amour and Mikael Renberg each had a goal and an assist as Philadelphia stretched the NHL's longest active home unbeaten streak to 14 games.
Mark Recchi added three assists for the Flyers, 11-0-3 during their streak.
* BLACKHAWKS 5, FLAMES 2: Steve Sullivan and Boris Mironov each had a goal and two assists and Doug Gilmour added three assists as Chicago won at home for the fifth time in 20 games.
* BLUES 4, CANADIENS 3: Pierre Turgeon scored two first-period goals and added an assist to power St. Louis at home.
* DEVILS 6, SABRES 3: Bobby Holik scored the go-ahead goal and Petr Sykora scored on a penalty shot to help visiting New Jersey finish its road trip 3-0-1.
* SENATORS 5, COYOTES 2: Igor Kravchuk scored the go-ahead, power-play goal early in the third period and Daniel Alfredsson notched three assists for Ottawa at home.
Rick Tocchet scored both goals for Phoenix.
* KINGS 4, PANTHERS 2: Len Barrie had the first two-goal game of his career and host Los Angeles outshot Florida, 41-17. The Kings tied a club record with 26 shots in the second period.