Capitalizing on a homecoming, the Boston Bruins let the Carolina Hurricanes know they didn’t want to be easy prey, clinching the honor 4-2 at the TD Garden on Friday in that third game of the series.
The Hurricanes, who won the first two games of this series, now lead 2-1.
Bruins goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman, who was a first-time starter, took over from Linus Ullmark and wasn’t the most diligent. He faced 27 shots.
Three of the Bruins’ goals came from the work of their special teams, with two power-play goals and a miss.
“It’s been a long time,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, noting that the two clubs hadn’t met in the truncated 2021 season, leaving the Bruins not beating the Hurricanes since 2020.
“We had talked a lot about playing with a lead. It makes a difference for both teams. »
Carolina took the lead before witnessing the Bruins’ reaction, whose offense was led by David Pastrnak, who scored once and added an assist. His second-half power play goal gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead with a shot up front.
In the third round, Pastrnak also skilfully set up Taylor Hall’s goal, which gave the hosts a three-goal advantage after a fine pass exchange on the power play.
Brad Marchand, who also had two assists, used a turnover in the zone to capture a loose puck before defeating Pyotr Kochetkov to make Boston 2-1. Marchand’s goal gave the Bruins their first playoff lead after 325 minutes and 41 seconds of play.
Kochetkov, the second goaltender, made 24 saves in his first playoff start of his career. In the second game, Kotchetkov replaced Antti Raanta, who was injured after colliding with Pastrnak.
The Hurricanes took the lead in the first period through Vincent Trocheck, who scored the first goal of the game on return. However, before the skirmish ended, Charlie Coyle executed a two-on-one attack while a teammate was in the dungeon to even the game.
“It’s definitely a goal that was very important for them,” admitted Slavin. Our five-man attack should give us momentum, not take it away. »
“When JD (Jake DeBrusk) and CC did that shorthanded play to put us back in the game, the whole attitude changed,” Marchand explained.
“We’ve played catch-up hockey since the series started. It was good to see that we can react. »
Jaccob Slavin gave the Hurricanes hope with a hard shot on target with less than 10 minutes left in the game. Carolina continued to attack heavily, but failed to close the gap again.
“We know what the problem was,” Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour said. We had a pretty good first half, then we conceded a goal on the power play and that revived them. »
The game was marked by a special and rare incident in the second period when a minor official left the game on a stretcher in the penalty area. Under the vigorous thrusts of the Bruins supporters, a bay window failed to resist and left its moorings to fall on the poor man’s head, who never saw the heavy coin coming. The Hurricanes coach immediately rushed to the penalty area to deal with the unlucky man. The game was suspended for about seven minutes.
“We heard that he is fine and will recover,” said Pastrnak.
The Bruins have a chance to tie the series in Game 4 on Sunday.
Second attempt by Trocheck to open the brand
Solid check! To a linesman?!
DeBrusk puts Coyle at a disadvantage
The trader sneaks into the enclave
Pasta finds the dessert shelf!
Clifton punches Smith in the face
Crazy fans drop bay windows on off-ice officials!