The Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh on Tuesday night, and are now 3-0 up in the Eastern Conference finals.
Thanks to this fantastic win – which is their six consecutive wins in this year’s playoffs – the Bruins are now just one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup finals.
Tuukka Rask had another amazing performance, saving 35 shots for the visiting team, while Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored a goal apiece in the second period.
Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period, while the only goal for the home team was scored by Calvin de Haan later in the second. The Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney ended the game with 29 saves. McElhinney started the match instead of Petr Mrazek, who conceded 10 goals in the first two games of the conference final.
One Win away from the Final Game
However, the Hurricanes responded quickly, with de Haan scoring through Rask’s pads. It was his first goal since November last year.
Entering into the third with only one goal separating the two teams promised an exciting finish, but Rask made sure the result remained unchanged. The Bruins did score a goal, though, 15:45 before the end, but it was ruled that Jake DeBrusk had interfered with the Hurricanes goalie.
Rask was simply unbeatable. After making 20 saves in the first period, he continued to pose a problem for the Hurricanes attackers. The home team had a chance to even to score, 13 minutes before the end, but Jordan Staal’s effort was denied by the 32-year-old Finnish.
The Hurricanes had problems with the power play, which is the worst of the eight teams that managed to make it past the first round. They had 5 chances to score on Tuesday night, including four in the first period – but failed miserably.
The next game of the series is scheduled to take on Thursday night. The two teams will face each other at the same venue, with Boston having the chance to sweep the series in just four games. The two teams played a total of six games during this season, with the Bruins winning five of them.
The winner of this series will face either the St. Louis Blues or the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Finals in June. After two games in San Jose, the Western Conference final series is tied.
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