Carolina is looking for its fourth straight win and ninth in 11 games at TD Banknorth Garden. Since the start of the 1996-97 season, the Hurricanes franchise has recorded 13 wins, three losses and two ties in Boston.
“It was an emotional night for them,” Carolina center Doug Weight said. “Retirement or not, it would have been a big game the way New Jersey is playing. I think they have something to prove to the league after getting off to a tough start.”
Weight, who made his Hurricanes debut after being acquired last week from the St. Louis Blues, had two shots on goal and was minus-2. He has eight goals and 15 assists in 22 career games against Boston.
Gerber is 9-1-0 with a 2.72 goals-against average in his last 10 starts.
The shutout was just the second against the Hurricanes this season. The other was a 9-0 rout Nov. 12 against the Atlanta Thrashers.
Boston also is coming off a shutout after losing 2-0 Saturday to the Montreal Canadiens for a split of its home-and-home series.
Tim Thomas made 27 saves while losing in regulation for just the second time in 11 straight starts. Thomas has appeared in 13 straight games with Boston since being recalled Jan. 10 from Providence of the AHL.
“I thought the goaltending on both sides was terrific,” Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. “Obviously their guy was really good for them. I thought he had some really timely saves throughout the course of the game and I thought Timmy made some big stops for us.”
Boston has been blanked four times this season—all since Dec. 17.
The loss to the Canadiens ended rookie center Brad Boyes’ eight-game points streak in which he had five goals and eight assists.
Boyes had a goal and two assists the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime loss Oct. 26 to Carolina.