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Monday, January 28th (All times Eastern)

Boston Bruins (3-0-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - After sweeping a home-and-home series with Buffalo the Carolina Hurricanes will shoot for a third consecutive victory when they host the Boston Bruins in Monday's battle at PNC Arena.

Carolina lost two straight in regulation to begin the season and was outscored by a combined 9-2 margin in those contests. However, the Hurricanes were able to get on track with a pair of victories over the Sabres, including Friday's decision in Buffalo.

The 'Canes posted a 6-3 decision over the visiting Sabres on Thursday and followed that victory with Friday's 3-1 win at First Niagara Center. Jay Harrison scored the deciding goal with 4:50 remaining in the third period to help Carolina complete the home-and-home sweep.

Alexander Semin and Jeff Skinner also tallied in the third period for the Hurricanes, while Dan Ellis stopped 40 shots in a sharp first start of the season.

"The last two games we've really come into our own in terms of playing our system, and I think adding that element of grit to our game has really helped us," said Ellis, who was signed after the lockout to serve as Cam Ward's backup.

Carolina is playing the first of two straight on home ice and will welcome the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

The Bruins last were in action on Friday, when they notched a win over the visiting New York Islanders. Boston has yet to lose in regulation this season, going 3-0-1 out of the gate.

Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron tallied in the third period on Friday to lift the Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Islanders. Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell also scored for the Bruins, who recovered from an overtime loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

"It's really tough to gain back points that you give away early in the season, especially with the shortened season," Campbell said. "Every team's so good nowadays, it's a point or two that separate teams from making the playoffs or not."

Tuukka Rask made 24 stops to remain unbeaten in regulation in the early going.

Boston is 3-0 at home, but will aim for its first road win of the season on Monday. The B's were 25-15-1 as the guest in 2011-12.

Carolina has won four straight in the series with Boston overall and the Bruins have lost their last two tests in Raleigh.

01/28 10:32:29 ET

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