NHL Playoffs: Game 1 between the Bruins and the Hurricanes

SUMMARY

Antti Raanta stopped 35 pucks, Vincent Trocheck and Seth Jarvis had two points each and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 5-1 to lead the series 1-0.

In the absence of Frederik Andersen, it was Raanta who had to defend the Hurricanes’ net against the Bruins in Game 1. The goalkeeper understood the message well and caught the eye early in the game. Raanta quickly chased away the jitters of a first career playoff start.

The 32-year-old veteran was solid in the first section with 14 saves. Notably, he received a barrage of nine shots in the first six minutes of play, the two teams retired to the dressing room after 20 minutes of play, still tied.

For the Bruins, Bruce Cassidy trusted Linus Ullmark for this game. Solid so far, Swede Seth Jarvis saw the ice break at the end of the second period. The young Canes rookie deftly deflected a shot from Jaccob Slavin to place his own forward.

Carolina quickly adds a second. Nino Niederreiter doubled the lead 130 seconds later and the Canes were ahead twice after two periods.

The encounter would have been very different without Raanta’s solid work in front of the Canes’ net, while the keeper was still perfect after 40 minutes with 25 saves.

Bruce Cassidy’s men managed to solve the Raanta riddle early in the third skirmish. Taylor Hall surprised the Canes keeper with a good one-timer from the top of the slot to close the gap.

Teuvo Teravainen was kind enough to make the fans smile a few minutes later. He accepted Trocheck’s surrender in a two-on-one run and defeated Linus Ullmark with a perfect wrist shot to make the Hurricanes 3-1.

After demonstrating his passing skills, Trocheck returned at 4:59 p.m. of the third period. Trocheck surprised Ullmark with a backhand shot from a tight angle and the Canes took control of the game. Andrei Svechnikov completed the goal in an empty net.

“I was able to focus on what made me successful,” said Raanta. It’s a nice result, but it’s just a game. »

“We lacked opportunism in returning,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.

We were faced with a very physical game in that first game between the two teams when no fewer than 90 shots were dealt in the shoulder.

It’s the third time in four seasons these two teams have met in the playoffs, and the Bruins have had the upper hand in two previous series. This year, the Canes have easily won all three games between the two teams 3-0, 7-1 and 6-0.

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