The sweep in no way flattered the Bruins, who outscored the Canes 17-5 over the four games.
On Thursday, Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter to round things off. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves.
Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves for the Hurricanes.
The Boston Bruins won this one without their captain Zdeno Chara, with the 42 year-old veteran being ruled out with an unspecified injury. He is day to day going forward.
The Bruins now have an extended break before the Stanley Cup Final, where they will face the winner of the Conference West Final between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues.
Game 4 Update – The Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night, taking a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final and to move to within one victory of a place in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Bruins had goaltender Tuukka Rask to thank as they came through an early deluge of shots and penalties before taking control of the game.
Goals from Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period proved decisive for the Bruins, for whom Rask stopped 35 shots, including stopping 20 shots in the first period alone.
Calvin de Haan scored for the Canes, with Curtis McElhinney (starting in place of Petr Mrazek, who allowed 10 goals in the first two games of the series) made 29 saves for the Hurricanes.
The Bruins improved to 5-1 this season against the Canes, so there’s little to be optimistic about from a Carolina perspective.
The Bruins are now one win away from their third Stanley Cup appearance in nine years and they will go for the sweep in Game 4 on Thursday night in Carolina.
Game 3 Update – The Boston Bruins eased to a 6-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
At one stage Boston led 6-0, before a couple of late consolation goal from Carolina made the final score slightly more respectable.
Matt Grzelcyk scored twice for the Bruins, with further goals from Jake DeBrusk, Connor Clifton, Danton Heinen and David Backes. Torey Krug and Charlie Coyle both had three assists each. Tuukka Rask made 21 saves.
Williams and Teuvo Teravainen scored in the last nine minutes for the Canes. Petr Mrazek stopped just 19 shots and his starting position must be in doubt for Game 3.
The series moves to Carolina for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The pressure is on the Canes to win on Tuesday night if they are to get a foothold in the series.
Game 2 Update – The Boston Bruins rallied from a 2-1 third-period deficit to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Bruins trailed 2-1 when, after Jordan Staal was sent off for roughing in the opening minute of the third period, two power play goals just 28 seconds apart from Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron turned the game in Boston’s favour.
Two goals in 11 seconds late on in the third period from Brandon Carlo and Charlie Wagner made sure of the win for the Bruins.
Steven Kampfer has given the Bruins an early lead, while goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots.
Sebastian Aho (Aho now has five goals and 10 points in 12 playoff games) and Greg McKegg scored for Carolina, with Petr Mrazek making 23 saves after being cleared by doctors to play after the five-day break between series.
Game 2 will be in Boston on Sunday afternoon.
The Boston Bruins meet the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals, with the Bruins having home-ice advantage in this series and, should they make it past the Canes, in the Stanley Cup Final too.
The Bruins came through their second round playoff with the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games, but the Canes have had a few days extra rest after a sweep of the New York Islanders in four games.
The good news for Boston is that their top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak started to hit form in the latter stages of the series against the Blue Jackets, combining for 11 points over a two-game stretch.
Another positive for Boston is that their power play is currently at 28.6%, which is the best of any playoff team. By contrast, the Canes have registered just 10.5%, having scored just four goals in 38 opportunities this postseason.
Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes Team News
Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller has yet to play this postseason due to a knee injury but, although he won’t be available in time for Game 1, he has made progress.
The Canes played the entire second round without forward Micheal Ferland. It’s unclear when Ferland will return to the team, but it could be soon.
Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes Betting Lines & Pick
Any NHL Playoff predictions clearly here have to take account of the fact that the Canes have had three days additional rest compared to the Bruins, but Boston benefit from having the home-ice advantage.
The Bruins remain the overall bookies favourites for the Stanley Cup and are the tips to win this series. A 4-1 win could be available at attractive betting odds.
Pick: Series Score – Boston Bruins to win 4-1