Carolina (9-10-2) at Boston (12-6-2)

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  • Game info: 12:00 pm EST Fri Nov 26, 2010
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One game after Mark Recchi(notes) recorded his 1,500th point, the Boston Bruins could be in line for further celebration against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Bruins have won eight of the last nine meetings between the teams, and will look for their fifth consecutive home win in the series when the teams meet Friday at TD Garden.

Boston (12-6-2) is back home after splitting road games against Tampa Bay and Florida. They fell 3-1 to the Lightning on Monday before rebounding with a 3-1 victory over the Panthers on Wednesday to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.

Recchi, the NHL’s active leader in games played, assists, and points, scored two goals to become the 13th player in league history with 1,500 points.

“It’s pretty nice when it comes on a big win like that,” said the 42-year-old Recchi, the team leader with 11 assists. “You get the two goals and it’s two important ones and that makes it even more special.”

Tim Thomas(notes) made 31 saves as he improved to 11-1-1 and lowered his goals-against average to 1.46 - second-best in the NHL.

“It’s just a good situation for me right now,” he said. “I’m getting a good effort in front of me and just seeing the puck well and tonight was another example of that. It’s just been a good run.”

Thomas had won five consecutive starts against the Hurricanes before losing 5-1 on Jan. 24, and will likely be in net Friday.

Boston will look to get on the board early, as it remains the only team in the league yet to lose when scoring first (8-0-0).

The Hurricanes (9-10-2) are coming off a 3-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday and will try to avoid dropping four straight for the first time since a five-game skid Nov. 23-30, 2009.

Sergei Samsonov(notes) and Eric Staal(notes) scored third-period goals to tie the game, but Justin Peters(notes) couldn’t stop Brooks Laich’s(notes) redirection of an Alex Ovechkin(notes) shot with 7:53 left in regulation.

“We did a real good job fighting back in the third period, and unfortunately I let the team down there when I fanned on my shot,” said Peters, who started in place of Cam Ward(notes), whose wife gave birth to their first son earlier Wednesday. “I should have just took a quick whistle.”

Carolina is 0-3-1 in its last four road games, allowing 22 goals during that span. The Hurricanes have surrendered at least four goals five times in 11 road contests.

“We’ve got to try to have a better start,” said captain Eric Staal, the team leader with 10 goals. “We can’t let a good team like that get two goals on you early in the game and expect to win.”

Staal has seven goals and 10 assists in his last 10 games overall but has been limited to two points in his last eight meetings with the Bruins.

Ward is likely to be back in goal Friday. He is 4-4-0 with a 3.81 GAA on the road this season and has lost four consecutive starts in Boston.

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