RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Bill Guerin recorded his second career hat trick Wednesday night as the Boston Bruins celebrated Coach Robbie Ftorek's 50th birthday with a 6-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Guerin's performance overshadowed a memorable night for Ron Francis, who scored his 500th career goal in his 1,000th game with the Hurricanes franchise.
Guerin already had scored twice when Francis cut Boston's lead to 3-1 in the first period. Guerin finished his first hat trick in just over five years by hitting an empty net with 43 seconds left.
Joe Thornton had another empty-net goal for the Bruins, who passed Carolina and Toronto for first overall in the Eastern Conference by finishing a 3-1-0 road trip with their sixth win in seven games.
Rookie Erik Cole had a pair of assists for the Hurricanes, who had their unbeaten run halted at four games (3