BOSTON – The Carolina Hurricanes dominated the Boston Bruins for 16 periods in six games.
Five wins in a row – including two in the playoffs. Twenty-six goals to three. The Hurricanes have never eclipsed the Bruins by 325 minutes and 41 seconds.
“It’s been a while,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, noting that teams hadn’t played in the 2021 season shortened by the pandemic and therefore hadn’t beaten Carolina since 2020. “We talked about playing with a lead, it’s enough. That makes a difference for both teams.”
Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal to give Boston their first lead against Carolina all season. He then added two assists to help the Bruins hold their ground and beat the Hurricanes 4-2 in Game 3 of their first round playoff series.
Bruins rookie Jeremy Swayman stopped 25 shots in his first playoff start of his career after Linus Ullmark conceded eight goals in his first two games, both Hurricanes wins. A regular season followed, in which Carolina won all three games, beating the Bruins 16-1 and never falling behind.
Charlie Coyle scored from a man down and added an assist, and David Pastrnak had a power-play goal and an assist for Boston, who hopes to level the best-of-seven streak when they host Game 4 on Sunday. Taylor Hall added a power play goal for the Bruins to make it 4-1 early in the third period.
“When JD (Jake DeBrusk) and CC made that game shorthanded to put us back in the game, it just changed the whole behavior,” Marchand said. “We had made up for all series. It just felt good to know that we can react.”
Vincent Trocheck and Jaccob Slavin scored for Carolina, and backup goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov made 24 saves in his first playoff start of his career. He took over in Game 2 after starter Antti Raanta was injured in a collision with Pastrnak.
Trocheck gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead, heading in a rebound when he was delayed going down in front of the net. But Coyle tied it up with a 2-for-1 give-and-go with DeBrusk with 2:44 in the first.
“Obviously that’s a huge goal for them,” Slavin said. “Our power play should give us momentum, not take it away.”
After five minutes, Marchand was fighting for the puck along the cushions and headed for the slot where he caught Patrice Bergeron’s deflected shot and passed high over Kochetkov. It was Boston’s first lead over the Hurricanes since they were eliminated in the first round of the 2020 postseason.
“We know the problem,” said Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour. “We had a decent first period and then the power play gave up a shorty and they got some life out of it.”
The Hurricanes conceded consecutive penalties late in the second round and just after the 5-on-3 turned into a one-man advantage, Pastrnak screwed in one from the left circle to make it 3-1.
The Hurricanes lost forward Jordan Martinook in the second half when he tangled with Hall. Martinook got back on his skates but was unable to put weight on his right ankle.
He went down the tunnel and the Hurricanes said he would not return.
“This is getting questionable,” Brind’Amour said. “He looked pretty rough in there.”
The game was delayed about seven minutes when part of the glass fell on NHL off-ice official Joe Foley while he was working in the Bruins box.
The game was called dead at 5:07 in the second period, and medical staff ran across the ice to attend to the referee. He was set down on a stretcher and cheered on by the Boston fans.
The glass separated the Boston penalty area from the stands. Play resumed with a policeman in the stands to maintain a barrier.
NHL spokesman John Dellapina said Foley, the commercial coordinator, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation.
“We heard he’s fine and will be fine,” Pastrnak said.
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