NHL Conference Finals: Bruins Defeat Hurricanes, 5-2
Boston, MA– The final four in the NHL post-season has officially been determined, and the Boston Bruins are in it! In their conference finals, the Bruins are facing off against the Carolina Hurricanes. On the other side of the bracket, the St. Louis Blues will play a series against the San Jose Sharks after both teams won in their respective game sevens in the conference semifinals.
The third round finally got off to a rousing start last night as the Bruins hosted the Hurricanes for the first game of the conference finals and after being down by a score of 2-1 going into the third period, they stormed ahead to win by a blowout of 5-2. Now, the Bruins have a one game to zero lead, and even though that doesn't mean much, it is certainly a good feeling to win the first game by such a commanding score!
First off, Tuukka Rask was again impeccable. He allowed a go-ahead goal from Greg McKegg in the second period after a first period power play goal from Sebastian Aho, but was absolutely lights out for the rest of the game. Rask recorded an awesome 29 saves!
As for Boston's offensive effort, their first goal came from Steven Kampfer, his first of the playoffs, just three minutes into the game, thanks to an assist from Marcus Johansson. The Bs then turned on the jets in the third period as they scored four consecutive goals, two in a 28-second time span and two more in an 11-second time span. Johansson and Patrice Bergeron scored power play goals and Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner slammed the door in garbage time. Brad Marchand had two assists in the efforts and Boston's dominant third period gave them a 5-2 victory.
With one game in the books, Boston will look to take the utmost advantage of their home ice advantage in the series by winning game two. Their chance will come at three o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday, May 12. It would certainly be a lovely Mothers Day to all of the Bruins fans who are also moms in attendance if Boston was able to win! Go Bruins!