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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes finally received a reward and it came in a form of redemption for goalie Justin Peters.

"It was huge," Peters said of the outcome in a 4-2 victory against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. "It was a lot of fun. It was finally nice for the team to get rewarded."

Defenseman Joe Corvo's goal broke a tie midway through the third period as the Hurricanes clung to their fading playoff hopes by winning at PNC Arena.

The Hurricanes halted a seven-game losing streak and won at home for the first time in nine games.

"They stuck with it," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said of his team. "They played an intense, tough hockey game against a good opponent."

The Bruins were denied clinching a postseason berth for now, needing one point to do so. Boston will have seven more chances in the regular season.

Corvo's power-play goal came on a slap shot just inside the blue line with 10:24 remaining to give Carolina a 3-2 lead. He has six goals this season, and now holds a season-long three-game points streak.

Jiri Tlusty, who scored his second goal of the game into an empty net, and Jeff Skinner had Carolina's other goals.

Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin scored for the Bruins, who were unable to secure a three-game season sweep of the series with Carolina.

"It feels like we're doing the same thing every game," Corvo said of what had been a stretch of tough luck. "It's super frustrating because it doesn't seem like anything is happening for us."

Boston goalie Tuukka Rask made 34 saves. Rask said his inability to close the angle on Tlusty's goal was a miscalculation.

But the Bruins might have been more puzzled by the number of scoring chances that went awry even though some lineup changes caused by injuries might be taking a toll.

"It's tough when you lose those caliber of players," Lucic said. "We still have a lot of depth in our lineup. We have the responsibility (to do better)."

Peters, who was thumped in a Monday's 6-2 loss at Boston, stopped 28 shots.

"I wasn't happy with myself Monday night in Boston," he said. "Definitely there was some extra motivation."

Boston must win Monday against visiting Ottawa or it will have its first three-game losing streak of the season.

Peters' most notable stop came as Boston's 5-on-3 power play was expiring when he gloved Jaromir Jagr's second-period shot.

"That was a big-time play for us," Muller said. "The big thing tonight, we had timely saves."

Peters said: "It was just pure desperation and I was lucky to grab it."

Tlusty, who has a career-high 18 goals while playing in 41 games this season, put the Hurricanes ahead in the second period.

The Bruins responded with Seguin's 15th goal of the season when he beat Peters on a one-on-one move with 2:08 left in the second period, tying the score at 2-2.

Earlier, the Hurricanes pulled even on Skinner's power-play goal with 36 seconds remaining in the first period. His 12th goal of the season -- coming when he shot the puck off Rask's backside -- gave him points in consecutive games for the first time since February.

NOTES: Boston defenseman Matt Bartkowski was denied his first career goal when a scoring change was made in the first period. Bartkowski was playing in his 19th career game. ... There were three first-period fights as the teams met for the third time this season and for the second time in less than a week. ... Boston center Brad Marchand, who had the winning goal against Carolina on Monday, missed his second game in a row with a concussion. ... The Hurricanes didn't have a healthy scratch after right winger Tim Wallace sustained an upper-body injury in the morning skate. ... The Bruins entered the game with a 9-1-1 record against Southeast Division teams this season. ... The game was Boston's final outing when playing three games in four nights. The Bruins have had nine such situations on the schedule, and they ended up 1-7-1 in the third game of those sequences. ... Boston plays its next four games at home, beginning Monday against Ottawa. ... The Hurricanes go on the road for their next two games, starting Tuesday night at Ottawa.
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