The climb looks steep for the Bruins. Bruce Cassidy’s men suffered a 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2 and are now two games behind.
However, the win will have had dire consequences for Carolina. Already deprived of the services of their best goalkeeper, Frederik Andersen, the Hurricanes saw their goalkeeper Antti Raanta walk out in the first half. When he came into contact with David Pastrnak, he was struck and had to leave the meeting on the ice with visible pain.
“His foot hit his leg,” Cassidy said of Pastrnak. He tried to block the release and move. I don’t think there was any malicious intent at all. »
Raanta was replaced by 22-year-old goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov, who has just three games of NHL experience. The latter did an excellent job stopping 30 of the 32 shots aimed at him.
“It wasn’t nice to see Antti fall in the fight, we hope he’s doing better,” said Sebastian Aho after the win and his two-goal performance. “When I saw Pyotr take over, I had full confidence that he would do well in relief. He is an excellent goalkeeper who makes important saves at the right moment. He always has a smile and works hard. »
“A lot happened in that game, there was a constant pace,” added Aho. “The audience was incredible once again. It’s the kind of game we like to play. »
Carolina made sure to quickly cushion her keeper by hitting the target a few minutes later. Jesper Fast dropped behind the Bruins defense to open the scoring.
A moment later, Sebastian Aho doubled the Canes’ lead when he blocked Tony DeAngelo’s spot shot.
Aho added some hits on the power play early in the second half to push the Hurricanes’ priority to three goals. DeAngelo collected his second assist in the streak.
The Bruins finally gave a sign of life just over five minutes from time in the second period. Patrice Bergeron jumped into the slot after a return and scored the Bruins’ first goal in almost 95 minutes since the playoffs began. Bergeron, who stressed after the meeting the importance of being disciplined in the next few games.
“We have to keep calm. If we give that much 5 to 3 they will make us pay for it. You have to play intensely while respecting the boundaries,” analyzed the Quebecer.
In the closing moments of the third, the Bruins lost a key chunk of the blue line. Hampus Lindholm was hit hard by Andrei Svechnikov and needed help from his teammates to get back to the dressing room. A scrum ensued as several players harbored grudges towards Svechnikov.
Carolina added a few before the end of the middle period. Nino Niederreiter used the confusion in front of the net to push the puck to make it 4:1.
Boston came back into play in the third period. Bergeron scored the 48th goal of his career in the series, deflecting a shot from Charlie McAvoy to give fans hope and reduce the deficit to two goals.
Nino Niederreiter put the final nail in the Hurricanes’ coffin into an empty goal late in the game.
The Bruins have now conceded 26 goals in five games against Carolina when counting regular season and playoff games. In contrast, Boston scored only four goals.
“We definitely needed a keystore,” Cassidy said. We were better. I thought Kochetkov did a very good job. We could have had more than two goals on the board. »
Game 3 of the series takes place in Boston on Friday.
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