FINAL SCORE: Carolina Hurricanes 3, Boston Bruins 2
IN BRIEF: The Hurricanes will not be swept by the Bruins for the second consecutive season.
The 'Canes had lost five straight postseason games to the Bruins entering Thursday night, and they snapped that skid with a 3-2 victory in Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
The turning point came at 15:13 of the second period when Carolina scored on a Teuvo Teravainen power-play goal, and then the 'Canes scored 88 seconds later to take a 2-1 lead. The Bruins had plenty of chances to build on their 1-0 lead and failed to capitalze. The B's finally ended their power play drought with a pair of goals on the man advantage, but the Hurricanes were the better team at 5-on-5 with a plus-6 edge in scoring chances and a 2-0 goal differential.
The Bruins also were without the league's leading goal scorer in David Pastrnak. The team announced before the game that he was "unfit to participate."
SERIES: Tied 1-1
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The Bruins were 0-for-13 on the power play in the Toronto bubble entering Game 2, and David Krejci ended the drought with a goal in the first period. Krejci's shot found its way past two Bruins screening Hurricanes goalie James Reimer before hitting the back of the net.
The Hurricanes were the better team in the second period and their aggressiveness was rewarded late in the frame with a power play goal. Teuvo Teravainen beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to tie the score 1-1.
Carolina kept attacking and took its first lead just 88 seconds after Teravainen's goal. Andrei Svechnikov blasted a shot from the slot past Rask to give the 'Canes a 2-1 advantage.
The Bruins responded by scoring with 4.4 seconds remaining in the second period to tie the score at two goals apiece. Brad Marchand was able to pounce on a loose puck around the crease and beat the buzzer.
Dougie Hamilton put the Hurricanes back on top with an absolute rocket of a shot at 8:30 of the third period that beat Rask up high. This goal must have been extra sweet for Hamilton considering it came against his former team.
The Bruins and Hurricanes will play Game 3 of the series Saturday at noon ET on NBC.