Series Update – The Boston Bruins completed a sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final, winning 4-0 on Thursday night to reach their third Stanley Cup Final in nine years.
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.