The Bruins came into Game 4 swinging, as they saw their opportunity to sweep the Hurricanes and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. They made the most of that chance and came out on top, putting on a show with a 4-0 win Thursday to sweep and take the Eastern Conference, putting themselves four wins away from their first championship since 2011.
The first period saw a lot of chances being exchanged back and forth, as Carolina led 13-11 in shots as both teams headed to the locker room scoreless.
However, the Bruins would start to gain their rhythm less than five minutes into the second period, when David Pastrnak crashed the net and tapped in a feed from Brad Marchand past Curtis McElhinney to make it 1-0 Boston. The Bruins would get another power-play tally later in the frame when Patrice Bergeron and Pastrnak started a give-and-go, on which Bergeron struck on a one-timer to make it 2-0.
About halfway through the third, Pastrnak and Bergeron would combine for yet another goal after Pastrnak picked up a loose puck and sent it across to a wide-open Bergeron, who buried the feed as McElhinney failed to get over in time. Marchand sealed the deal with an empty-netter to clinch the series for Boston.
This will be the Bruins' third Cup Final appearance in the last decade. In their last appearance in 2013, they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Zdeno Chara and the team elected not to touch the Prince of Wales Trophy; over the last three seasons, both Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin had picked up the trophy and went on to win the Cup. They'll face the winner of Sharks-Blues, who face off in Game 4 Friday at 8 p.m. EST on NBCSN.
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