The New York Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were then swept by the Carolina Hurricanes, and now the Hurricanes have been swept by Boston. We’ll see what happens to the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.
That weird pattern aside, the Bruins have to be thrilled. Their dominance of the Hurricanes was due in no small part to Tuukka Rask, who allowed just five goals over the four game series. He’s only gotten better as the playoffs have progressed and if Boston goes on to win it all, there’s a good chance he’ll get the Conn Smythe Trophy.
While we’ve seen teams show rust following a sweep this year, the chance to rest might do the Bruins a lot of good. They went to seven games in Round 1 and six games in Round 2, so the Bruins have already put in a lot of work to get to this point. Plus Zdeno Chara was unavailable for Game 4 due to an injury, so giving him some extra time to heal couldn’t hurt.
Of course, just how much rest the Bruins will get depends on the Western Conference Final. San Jose has a 2-1 lead over St. Louis. Even if the Sharks win the next two games, the series won’t be over until Sunday and it could extend until Thursday.
BOSTON 4 CAROLINA 0 (Bruins win series 4-0)
Tuukka Rask made 24 saves to earn the shutout. It was his second perfect game of the 2019 playoffs. His record stands at 12-5 with a 1.84 GAA and .942 save percentage going into the Stanley Cup Final.
Justin Williams got a team-high five shots on Rask. He ended up being held to a goal and no assists in the Western Conference Final.
Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and registered an assist. That gives him eight markers and 13 points in 17 contests.
David Pastrnak netted the game-winning goal and recorded two assists. He’s up to seven goals and 15 points in 17 games.
Brad Marchand accounted for Boston’s other goal and also registered an assist. He has seven goals and 18 points in 17 games.
David Krejci is on a six-game point streak. He kept that run going with an assist on Thursday.
Curtis McElhinney stopped 19 of 22 shots. Two of the three goals he allowed were scored on the power play.