Carolina Hurricanes defeat Boston Bruins, 5-1

RALEIGH, N.C. - Until further notice, there are no easy dates on what’s left of the 2009-10 schedule.

The Bruins are a mess, banged up physically and mentally, their reservoir of confidence drained dryer than a frat house keg at 3 a.m.

Their ineptitude, which now has them sitting south of a playoff berth on the Eastern Conference totem pole, grew even worse yesterday in a 5-1 pasting by the cellar-dwelling Hurricanes before a friends-and-family crowd that was announced ...

WILMINGTON - In the first period on Sunday, as David Krejci stickhandled deep in the corner and shook off Carolina’s Stephane Yelle, Dennis Wideman saw the play unfold. The Hurricanes are one of the few teams that play man-to-man defense, and with Eric Staal floating in the slot instead of serving as a backchecker, Wideman knew that if he jumped up, there would be nobody to defend him.

“Staal was supposed to be covering me, and he got kind of buried low in the slot, loo...