FINAL SCORE: Bruins 2, Hurricanes 1
IN BRIEF: Tuukka Rask had 35 saves and made two second-period goals stand up in a 2-1 victory that has given the visiting Bruins a commanding 3-0 lead over the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The B's can complete the sweep and return to the Cup Final for the first time since 2013 on Thursday night in Carolina. BOX SCORE
NO, THESE AREN'T ALL 20 OF TUUKKA'S 1ST-PERIOD SAVES, JUST LOOKS LIKE IT:
Tuukka time. pic.twitter.com/8eeJ05DKey— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 15, 2019
NORDSTROM-TO-WAGNER, 1-0 B'S IN 2ND:
MARCHAND PP GOAL MAKES IT 2-0:
DE HAAN GETS CANES ON BOARD:
Perfectly placed! pic.twitter.com/pgHVq4IuZj— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) May 15, 2019
FROM JOE HAGGERTY:
*What in the world is going on with Justin Williams? He just completely lost his mind and took three penalties in the first period while making it his mission to take runs at Torey Krug for pretty much the entire 20 minutes. First, he got called for a matching penalty as they traded punches to the head, then he got a minor for holding the stick and another one for throwing a dangerous elbow at Krug’s head in the final minutes of the first period. Williams is obviously a proven veteran performer, but he’s totally lost his poise and his cool after Brad Marchand embarrassed him in Game 2.
*Rask was amazing for most of the two periods while stopping 25 of 26 shots that he faced including a double-stacked beauty of a save on Sebastian Aho in the second period after moving post to post to make the stop. But he also allowed a bit of a softy to Calvin de Haan on a wrist shot that somehow got underneath his pads and through the five-hole for a goal. It’s perfectly permissible given how good he’s been, but you’ve got to call the soft goals when you see them. The 20 saves that Rask made in the first period when the Bruins were getting stormed was the very definition of your goaltender stepping up and having the back of the team when they need him most.
*What a backbreaking goal scored by the Bruins fourth line to open the scoring. After Carolina couldn’t score on Boston despite 20 shots in the first period, Chris Wagner redirected a Joakim Nordstrom pass past Curtis McElhinney and again the Bruins depth is the difference-maker in this series. They are just far superior to the players at the bottom of Carolina’s roster.
Game 4: @Carolina, Thursday, 8 p.m., NBCSN
*Game 5: @Boston, Saturday, 7:15 p.m. NBC
*Game 6: @Carolina, Monday, 8 p.m., NBCSN
*Game 7: @Boston, Wednesday, 8 p.m., NBCSN
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