The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes squared off today at noon for Game 3 of their series. In Game 1 of the series, the Bruins won the game 4-3 in double overtime. In Game 2 of the series, the Hurricanes won 3-2.
Before Game 3 would take place, it was announced from the Boston Bruins, that Tuuka Rask was leaving the bubble and heading home. Jaroslav Halak would take over the goaltending duties for Boston.
Here is the interview with General Manager Don Sweeney on the Tuuka Rask situation:
Here is how the two teams would line up for Game 3:
In the first period, there would be no scoring. As both teams would trade chances back and forth, with both Petr Mrazek and Jaroslav Halak coming up with all the saves on all of the offensive rushes. The shot count favored Carolina 15-7 in the scoreless period.
In the second period, the Bruins would be the ones to take the lead. The goal coming early in the period. It would be Charlie Coyle who would get the goal, as he batted it out of the air. Assists on the play came from Brad Marchand and David Krejci.
The period would end with the Bruins on top.
In the third peirod, the Bruins would once again get the jump early. They would double the lead, just over a minute into the period. The goal coming from Sean Kuraly, his first goal of the playoffs. Assists on the play came from Charlie Coyle, his second point of the game, and Charlie McAvoy.
About five minutes later, the Hurricanes would score to cut the lead in half. The goal coming from Nino Niederreiter, the play was unassisted. A bad pass by Halak lead to Nino catching the puck and stashing it into the vacated net.
However, that would be as close as the Hurricanes would come in their comeback pursuit. The Bruins would put the icing on the cake by stashing an empty net goal with about 30 seconds left in the game. The goal coming from Brad Marchand, his second point of the game. The lone assist came from David Krejci, his second point of the game as well.
Game 4 will be a huge game for the series. It definitely is a must win for the Hurricanes. Game 4 will be on Monday at 8p.
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