ECF Game 1 – Carolina Hurricanes v. Boston Bruins

Carolina Hurricanes v. Boston Bruins

Game 1

 

Game Recap:

Shipping off to Boston for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals the Bruins play host to the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time since the 2009 Semi Finals, and they would also be doing it without the services of star defenseman Charlie McAvoy as he is serving a one game suspension stemming from his illegal hit to the head of Josh Anderson in Game 7 against the Columbus Blue Jackets a few nights ago. However, no McAvoy, no problem as his replacement in the lineup Steven Kampfer would step up early as he would bury his first career playoff goal off of a Marcus Johansson pass after a spectacular defensive play to create the offensive rush leading to the Kampfer goal. Then on the next shift Sean Kuraly would throw a retaliatory punch at Brock McGinn to get a two minute roughing penalty, but the Hurricanes would only need three seconds as Andrei Svechnikov would get the puck right off the faceoff and throw it on net for a Sebastian Aho redirect past Tuukka Rask to tie the game at one a piece.

 

Going into the second period both teams would remain tied at one, but halfway through the period after the Hurricanes would get their third powerplay opportunity of the game, and fail to convert on it, it would be Greg McKegg who would drive down the wing and wrist the puck past Tuukka Rask to give the Hurricanes the 2-1 lead. However, the goal was not called a goal right away on the ice as the referee did not signal that is was a goal initially as there was also a collision that happened in the crease as well due to Steven Kampfer also cross checking McKegg into Rask after being burned by McKegg when going down the wing towards the net, but the war room in Toronto called in the goal as the replays showed the puck going into the net prior to the collision taking place.

 

In the third period the Hurricanes would unravel a little bit in the first three minutes of the period as they would take two really bad penalties that would come to cost them as on the first powerplay opportunity of the period for the Bruins it would be Marcus Johansson knocking in a loose puck in the slot to tie the game at two a piece, then 28 seconds later on another powerplay the Bruins would score again as Patrice Bergeron would score his 6th of the playoffs to give the Bruins the 3-2 lead before the three minute mark of the third period. Then in the final three minutes of the game the Bruins would score two goals in a span of 11 seconds starting off with an empty net goal, and then a goal on a breakaway by Chris Wagner as the Bruins would put this game out of reach to win Game 1 5-2.

 

Lineups:

Carolina Hurricanes:

Andrei Svechnikov — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen

Nino Niederreiter — Jordan Staal — Justin Williams

Warren Foegele – Lucas Wallmark — Brock McGinn

Jordan Martinook — Greg McKegg — Micheal Ferland

Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton

Brett Pesce — Justin Faulk

Haydn Fleury — Calvin de Haan

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Injured: Saku Maenalanen (upper body), Trevor van Riemsdyk (left shoulder)

Scratched: Jake Bean, Patrick Brown

 

Boston Bruins:

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk — David Krejci — David Backes

Marcus Johansson — Charlie Coyle — Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom — Sean Kuraly — Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara — Connor Clifton

Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk — Steven Kampfer

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Zane McIntyre, Karson Kuhlman, John Moore

Injured: Kevan Miller (lower body), Noel Acciari (upper body)

Suspended: Charlie McAvoy

 

First Period:

Bruins Goal – 2:55 – Steven Kampfer (1) from Marcus Johansson (4)

Bruins Penalty – 3:39 – Sean Kuraly 2 minutes for Roughing

Hurricanes PPG – 3:42 – Sebastian Aho (5) from Andrei Svechnikov (2) and Jordan Staal (6)

Bruins Penalty – 14:37 – Charlie Coyle 2 minutes for Hooking

Hurricanes Penalty – 16:55 – Nino Niederreiter 2 minutes for Slashing

 

End of 1st – CAR – 1       BOS – 1

Shots              10                08

Faceoffs         13                09

Hits               09                  07

PP                 1/2                 0/1

 

Second Period:

Bruins Penalty – 4:08 – Sean Kuraly 2 minutes for High Sticking

Hurricanes Goal – 9:18 – Greg McKegg (2) from Jordan Martinook (4) and Micheal Ferland (1)

Hurricanes Penalty – 16:56 – Micheal Ferland 2 minutes for Interference

 

End of 2nd – CAR – 2        BOS – 1

Shots               25                 18

Faceoffs          24                 18

Hits                 19                  17

PP                   1/3                  0/2

 

Third Period:

Hurricanes Penalty – :49 – Jordan Staal 2 minutes for Boarding

Bruins PPG – 2:26 – Marcus Johansson (3) from Brad Marchand (9) and David Krejci (7)

Hurricanes Penalty – 2:41 – Dougie Hamilton 2 minutes for Roughing

Bruins PPG – 2:54 – Patrice Bergeron (6) from Brad Marchand (10) and Jake DeBrusk (4)

Hurricanes Penalty – 5:29 – Dougie Hamilton 2 minutes for Interference

Bruins ENG – 17:47 – Charlie Coyle (6) from Brandon Carlo (2) and Sean Kuraly (2)

Bruins Goal – 17:58 – Chris Wagner (1) from unassisted

 

End of 3rd – CAR – 2         BOS – 5

Shots              30                   28

Faceoffs        31                    28

Hits               27                     25

PP                 1/3                    2/5

 

Next Up:

Game 2 – Sunday at 3p EST – BOS Leads Series 1-0

 

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