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Eric Staal scores in shootout to lift last-place Hurricanes past Bruins 2-1

  • Carolina Hurricanes' Jay McClement (18) gets tied up by Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid (54) battling for the puck in front of Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask (40) of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

    Carolina Hurricanes' Jay McClement (18) gets tied up by Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid (54) battling for the puck in front of Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask (40) of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Bruins' Torey Krug (47) collides with Carolina Hurricanes' Patrick Dwyer (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

    Boston Bruins' Torey Krug (47) collides with Carolina Hurricanes' Patrick Dwyer (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal (12) passes the puck while being challenged by Boston Bruins' Gregory Campbell (11) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

    Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal (12) passes the puck while being challenged by Boston Bruins' Gregory Campbell (11) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)  (The Associated Press)

Eric Staal scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday.

Anton Khudobin got the start in goal for Carolina in place of Cam Ward, who had played the previous four games. Khudobin, a former Bruin, made 19 saves and stopped Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron in the shootout. Boston's Torey Krug shot high on his shootout attempt.

Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for Boston, but couldn't stop Staal.

Carolina outshot Boston 14-4 in the first period and took the lead into intermission with a late goal. Patrick Dwyer stuck a rebound past Rask with 33.2 seconds left for his third of the season on assists by Brad Malone and Jay McClement.