BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins may have found the way out of their slump: Focus on defense, even if the offense suffers.

That's what happened Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes, but for the first time in five games, the Bruins didn't lose. The game ended in a 0-0 tie, the first time Boston has played two scoreless games in the same season since 1955-56."We have to go back to defense like the beginning of the season," Bruins scoring leader Dmitri Khristich said. "Our first couple of wins were shutouts. It means we have to be really good defensively to win."

Boston's recent slide has left it with 48 points, tied with Florida for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Carolina, 3-0-1 in its last four games, is in sixth place with 54 points.

"All Eastern Conference games seem to be 1-0, 2-1, and as a team, you have to be ready to battle through it," Carolina's Keith Primeau said.

Bruins coach Pat Burns was pleased with his team's play in a 2-0 loss to New Jersey on Thursday night in which the Bruins took 40 shots and in Sunday's tie in which they outshot the Hurricanes 36-24.

"We didn't score, but we had some great chances," he said. "If you do that and keep on doing that, sooner or later it's going to go in."

Not against Trevor Kidd. Carolina's backup goalie, playing for the first time in 24 days as Arturs Irbe rested after playing eight straight games, got his second shutout of the season despite being tested in the last 10 minutes of the third period and late in overtime.

"The game had playoff-type intensity," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "Even with all the chances the Bruins had, especially late in the game, you get the feeling that your guy can't be beat."

Kidd had a much tougher time than Boston goalie Byron Dafoe, who had few difficult shots among the 24 he faced. And he came into the game refreshed after he sat out Saturday's 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh after playing four straight games.

One of the highlights of the game came during a timeout 3:24 into the first period when referee Paul Stewart received a standing ovation in his first game in Boston since undergoing cancer treatment. Stewart, a Boston-area native, blew a kiss to the crowd.

COYOTES 5, PREDATORS 1: At Nashville, Keith Tkachuk had a goal and two assists, and Jyrki Lumme scored the winning goal in his 700th NHL game.

The Coyotes snapped a six-game road winless streak (0-3-3) and improved to 21-5-8 with Tkachuk in the lineup. Nashville's Greg Johnson opened the scoring with his 12th goal on a shorthanded breakaway 10:54 into the game.

PENGUINS 5, CANADIENS 3: At Montreal, Jaromir Jagr had two goals and two assists, and German Titov scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period for Pittsburgh.

Stu Barnes and Kip Miller also scored for the Penguins, who have won three straight. Jagr's four points gave him the league lead in scoring with 67, two ahead of Philadelphia's Eric Lindros.

Saku Koivu, Benoit Brunet and Scott Thornton scored for Montreal, which lost its third in a row.