The Bruins and the Hurricanes are no strangers to meeting each other in the playoffs. This year will mark the sixth time the two teams have met. Boston holds a 4-1 series edge over Carolina. Last year, when they squared off, it was in the Eastern Conference finals. Boston swept the series 4-0, en route to their Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
Boston and Carolina was originally set to play at 8p yesterday, but the game between the Blue Jackets and Lightning going to 5 overtimes had other plans. The NHL decided to push the game to 11a today.
Here is how the teams would line up:
In the first period, it would be the Hurricanes that would strike first, and it would come a little over halfway through the period. The goal would come from Joel Edmundson, and the assists on the play came from Teemu Teravainen and Sebastian Aho.
4 minutes later, the Bruins would have an answer and tie up the game. The goal would come from David Pastrnak and the assists would come from Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
The first period would end with both teams tied at 1. In the second period, it would be the Bruins who would jump out to the early lead, before the 5 minute mark. The goal coming from Charlie Coyle, the play was unassisted. Then Carolina would answer quickly, scoring 21 seconds later. The goal coming from Brock McGinn, once again the play was unassisted.
The second period would end with, once again, both teams tied heading into the break.
In the third period, the Bruins would once again get off to a fast start, scoring a minute into the frame. The goal coming from David Krejci, assists on the play coming from Ondrej Kase and Charlie McAvoy.
It would take some time, 8 minutes to be precise, but the Hurricanes would once again have a response and tie the game up. The goal coming from Haydn Fleury, with the assist on the play coming from Vincent Trocheck.
The game would end with the two teams tied and heading to overtime. (I feel like we’ve been here before.)
In the first overtime, there would be no scoring between the two teams. Both goalies had the answers for every offensive rush. The shots on goal in the period would be 11-6 in favor of Boston. Also, at the end of the period, there was one penalty called, and it was on Carolina. It was a holding call against Brady Skjei.
In the second overtime, the Hurricanes would manage to kill off the Bruins power play. However, not long after the penalty was killed, the Bruins would get the game winner. The clutch goal coming from Patrice Bergeron, with the assists on the play coming from his line mates, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand.
Here is a look at the numbers for the game:
The Bruins and the Hurricanes will be back at it again tomorrow at 8p.
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