Claude Julien closes in on Bruins milestone after victory over Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Matt Beleskey scored goals in the first and third periods, leading the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

It was the 388th regular-season victory for Boston coach Claude Julien, who needs two wins to tie Art Ross as the Bruins’ career leader.

The Hurricanes lost in regulation for just the third time in their last 16 home games (10-3-3). But, Carolina has lost in regulation on back-to-back nights.

Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston in the first period, and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal in the closing seconds. Tuukka Rask stopped 39 shots.

Noah Hanifin had Carolina’s lone goal.

Hurricanes center Brad Malone, who is currently on waivers, played in his first game since Jan. 24.

The Bruins led 2-0 after a first period in which the Hurricanes had 12 shots on goal to Boston’s 11.

Bergeron put the Bruins ahead at 10:26 of the first, taking Brett Connolly‘s pass low in the right circle and roofing the puck over Ward’s right shoulder.

Beleskey doubled the lead on the power play at 12:38, scoring on a rush by lining the puck over Ward’s glove from the left circle with Torey Krug on the helper.

Carolina outshot the visitors 10-6 during a second period played without a penalty.

Hanifin halved the lead at 3:00 of the third, lighting the lamp by ricocheting the puck off Rask’s skate. But Beleskey got his second goal of the night at 6:24, beating Ward from the low slot on an assist from Ryan Spooner.

NOTES: The Hurricanes host St. Louis on Sunday before playing their next two on the road. … Boston hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday in the opener of a four-game homestand. … Carolina D Justin Faulk (lower body) missed his second straight game, while C Andrej Nestrasil (back) C Jay McClement (upper body) and D Justin Faulk (lower body) were also out. … C Max Talbot, RW Tyler Randell and D Zach Trotman were all healthy scratches for the Bruins. … Boston D Dennis Seidenberg was a member of the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup champions. … The teams’ other meetings this season are in Boston on March 10 and April 5.

Latest on Loui: Bruins less likely to trade Eriksson?

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It’s important to note that things can change quickly, especially as the trade deadline rapidly approaches on Monday.

So, consider this a status report: it’s sounding more and more like Loui Eriksson may finish the 2015-16 season with the Boston Bruins. Even if they can’t come to terms on a contract extension.

The negotiations seem pretty serious as of Thursday night, although perhaps things will move quite a bit on Friday? It sounds like there’s an offer on the table, as Bruins Daily’s Jimmy Murphy and TSN’s Darren Dreger discussed:

Promising? Maybe, although Dreger then pours a little cold water on that optimism:

So, again, as of this moment it sounds like the Bruins are quite interested in making it work with Eriksson … but it sounds like a lot remains up in the air.

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Video: Pastrnak, Marchand and the Bruins overpower Penguins

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In a game that had a playoff vibe, the Boston Bruins completely took over late in the third period to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

It was close through two-and-a-half periods. But the final 10 minutes of the game belonged to the Bruins, as they erupted for three goals in that span to secure a 5-1 victory over Sidney Crosby and the visiting Penguins. Tuukka Rask made 41 saves for the win.

The win vaults Boston into third in the Atlantic Division, while Pittsburgh remains in the final Wild Card spot in the East, one point ahead of the New Jersey Devils.

David Pastrnak scored twice for Boston, including a goal on a penalty shot to set a new Bruins franchise record for most penalty shot goals in a season.

And Brad Marchand continued his stellar 2015-16 season.

He scored Boston’s fifth goal of the night, giving him 31 in 56 games, as he piles on to a career best season in that category. He’s now tied for fourth in the NHL in goals with former Bruin forward Tyler Seguin.

Video: Pastrnak penalty shot goal makes Bruins history

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David Pastrnak gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first period of Wednesday’s game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, making franchise history in the process.

Late in the first period, Pastrnak beat Marc-Andre Fleury in the one-on-one opportunity with a low shot to open the scoring.

That gave Pastrnak seven goals on the season.

Pastrnak scored again in the second period, giving him eight goals on the season. That put Boston up 2-0, before Tom Kuhnhackl cut the lead in half with a goal for Pittsburgh 55 seconds later in the middle frame.

WATCH LIVE: Penguins at Bruins

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Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be in for a tough test as they take on Eastern Conference rival Boston at TD Garden. You can catch the game on NBCSN starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, or watch live online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

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Some relevant linkage for tonight’s affair:

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The Bruins got smoked at home again

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