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After working hard for his second shutout, Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe was still working in the training room.

Irbe, who stopped 34

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  • shots in a 2-0 win over Boston on Saturday night, followed his 15th career shutout with a 15-minute workout, consisting of situps, pushups, one-handed situps and a variety of stretching exercises.

    "I do a little workout after a game if a get a chance," said the 31-year-old Latvian goaltender, who owns the NHL's best goals-against average at 0.76.

    "This is when my body's ready for it," he said. "It doesn't affect me. The next day I might be kind of tired."

    If he keeps going like this, Irbe may be developing a postgame workout that more goaltenders will follow. In his eight games this year, he's posted two shutouts and allowed only six goals.

    "This team has been incredible defensively," Irbe said. "They give me a chance to see open shots."

    Gary Roberts opened the scoring at 5:32 of the first period, beating Rob Tallas with wrist shot off a cross-ice pass from Jeff O'Neill. O'Neill stole a pass from defenseman Dennis Vaske at the blue line.

    "When you're facing the hottest goalie in the league in Irbe, its tough to give up an early goal because that can often prove to be the difference in the game," Tallas said.

    Irbe shut out Chicago last Wednesday and allowed just one goal in a 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday night.

    "The plays we messed up, we got solid plays from our goaltender," Roberts said. P>Ray Sheppard added an empty-netter for the other goal.

    Many of Boston's shots came from outside, and the Bruins' best chance missed the net. Dmitri Khristich picked up a loose puck in the slot midway through the second period and fired a shot over the net with Irbe down.

    "Guys are trying to do too much by themselves," Boston forward Steve Heinze said. "We weren't putting home rebounds."

    Tallas, making his third start of the season, stopped 22 shots.

    The Hurricanes, who have won four times in their last six games, improved to 4-3-3. The Bruins are 1-4-1 in their last six games.

    "Neither team could fault its goaltender," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "Ours was just stellar."

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