Boyes, who ranks third among rookies in points scored with 54, scored all three of his goals in the third period, helping the Bruins avoid a season sweep by Carolina. He has recorded a point in five consecutive games.
Patrice Bergeron added a goal and an assist and Tim Thomas saved 38 shots for Boston. Thomas, who earlier Saturday signed a three-year contract extension with the Bruins, improved to 10-7-5 since being called up from Providence on Jan. 10.
The Bruins, who beat Ottawa 3-2 in a shootout Thursday, remain last in the Northeast Division despite defeating the Eastern Conference’s top two teams in the past three days. Carolina entered Saturday with a conference- and NHL-best 96 points, while Ottawa was second in the Eastern Conference with 94 points.
After Boston squandered a 2-0 lead by allowing two goals in less than 2 minutes early in the third period, Boyes retrieved a Marco Sturm pass and snuck the puck to the right of Carolina goalie Cam Ward 7:45 into the period to put the Bruins up 3-2.
Boyes then deflected a Brian Leetch shot midway through the third period for his third goal of the game and 21st of the year, making the score 4-2.
Eric Staal and Rod Brind’Amour scored for Carolina, which fell to 6-3-1 in March. Bergeron gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 2:26 into the second period when he poked in a rebound of a Brad Stuart shot. Boyes extended the Bruins’ lead to 2-0 1:04 into the third period.
The Bruins are 11-3-2 against Southeast Division opponents. … Left wing Brad Isbister returned to the Boston lineup after missing 17 games with an ankle injury. … Staal has earned points in five straight games. … Carolina fell to 9-3-0 in its last 12 games in Boston. … Carolina beat Boston 4-3 three times earlier this season. … Both teams failed to score on a 5-on-3 power play.