NHL Conference Finals: Bruins Take Commanding 3-0 Lead with 2-1 Win
Boston, MA– After back to back blowouts at home during the first two games of the conference finals that saw the Boston Bruins defeat the Carolina Hurricanes by scores of 5-2 and 6-2, Boston was primed to come back down to earth. I mean, having three consecutive drubbings against any team in the playoffs is quite the challenge, especially when they are one of the four best teams. It is no easy task, and with a team like Carolina previously unbeaten at home in the postseason and eager to avoid going down in a devastating three games to zero hole, Boston had a lot to overcome to pull off a third blowout win. But they did it! In an impressively close match, the Bruins came out victorious with a narrow 2-1 win.
All of the scoring in yesterday’s match came during the second period, while the first and third periods saw little to no immense offensive efforts being undertaken. The defense for both teams was astounding, but Boston narrowly took the edge in goaltending as goalie Tuukka Rask again showed why he is one of the best in the league. Rask allowed just one goal halfway through the second period when Boston already had a 2-0 lead. He never allotted the opportunity for Carolina to tie the game, let alone take the lead, and Calvin de Hana’s goal was the only one the Hurricanes would enjoy. Rask saved 35 total shots in the game.
Boston’s offense began about a minute into the second period when Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly assisted Chris Wagner for his second goal of the playoffs. Wagner later suffered an arm injury and will be receiving x-rays on it. Five minutes later, however, Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a lead they would never look back from when he scored his sixth goal of the post-season on a power play! Marchand was assisted by David Krejci and Charlie McAvoy.
Boston now has a commanding three games to zero lead in the series, but it is not over yet. Their chance to sweep Carolina will come on Thursday night, and the Bruins better bring their A game!