National Hockey League announces start date for Eastern Conference Final between Bruins, Hurricanes


Boston goalie Tuukka Rask admitted it was probably the best, full game the Bruins has played in a while, maybe throughout the playoffs.

The Hurricanes have killed less than half of the penalties they've taken in this series, and of course, the best way to keep from giving up power-play goals is to not draw penalties in the first place.

In the dominating win today, Torey Krug led the team in total points along with hometown boy Charlie Coyle which many fans may not realise. And the last time a team erased a two-nil series deficit in the third round was during the 1991 Prince of Wales Conference final, when the eventual Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins clawed out of an early hole against the Bruins. Carolina completed the sweep with identical 5-2 scores in Games 3 and 4.

Brind'Amour's overly secretive nature is all you need to know about the Hurricanes' goalie situation.

"Playoffs is all about putting pressure on the other team and seeing how they do with a little bit of pressure", Hurricanes captain Justin Williams said. "Now, we open up, now we get away from even trying to do what we want to do, and there's zero success when we do it that way, so tough night". That's especially important given that the prospects of a Carolina series victory will dwindle greatly if they can't win Game 3.

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This one wasn't ever close. There have been 19 different players who have scored for Boston this postseason, which ties a franchise record.

Almost a half century after Bobby Orr soared through the air on Mother's Day to finish off the 1970 Stanley Cup, the Hall of Famer was in the building as a pregame hype man known as the banner captain. Backes got the third on a rush about 2 1/2 minutes later.

Grzelcyk slipped the puck over to his backhand and beat Mrazek to make it 4-0. That's something that Brind'Amour, who had Mrazek in the home net for practice on Monday, also has to weigh. "We needed an answer and we didn't have one".

After Petr Mrazek struggled in Game 2, speculation abounded that Carolina would switch goalies. "Obviously, Pete's kind of been the guy in the playoffs here, and deservedly so". Cassidy gave credit to Boston's veteran players.

Notes: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made a hype video for the Hurricanes. "Let's just put it behind, and we've got to find a way to be better, everyone". The Bruins won three of the previous series, but Carolina won the most recent meeting in the 2009 conference semifinals when Scott Walker scored in overtime in Game 7. When Mrazek went down with an injury in the second round, McElhinney more than proved to be a suitable replacement by winning three games with a.947 save percentage.