Bruins put away Blue Jackets to advance to conference final

Bruins put away Blue Jackets to advance to conference final

Bruins put away Blue Jackets to advance to conference final

"They've done it recently.", Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amor said.

Back in the net for the first time since Game 2 of the second-round series against the Islanders, Mrazek made 23 saves for the Hurricanes.

Third-pairing defenceman Matt Grzelcyk scored twice in Game 2 - he had three goals all season - while his partner, rookie Connor Clifton, scored for the first time in his career.

It doesn't matter which team goes on a power play. We've really done a really good job of picking our times of pressuring them and jumping those opportunities where we can get the puck out.

Connor Clifton had his first career National Hockey League goal - the 19th Bruins player to score this postseason, tying a franchise record.

The Hurricanes fate leans on their key players, some who were non-existent in Game 2.

The Bruins were certainly preparing to see him in Game 3.

The flip-flop is likely because the Bruins appear to be taking advantage of Carolina's aggressiveness from the back end.

For the Bruins, Rask is 9-5 with a 2.02 GAA and.938 save percentage. Carolina's penalty kill is solid but the Bruins had no problem converting against the Blue Jackets' top-ranked penalty-kill in round-two.

With the Carolina Hurricanes trailing Boston 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals, first-year head coach Rod Brind'Amour has a hard decision to make.

"The power play is huge". The Bruins have allowed just 1.82 gpg over their last 11 games overall, which should make this a very interesting two-game here in Carolina as the Canes have allowed just seven total goals in their five playoff home games so far this year.

The victor will play either Dallas or St. Louis in the conference final. They're 4-2 away from Boston this postseason, including a must-win Game 6 in Toronto in the opening round and their series-clinching victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the East semis. And you better bring your best or else you can get embarrassed if you're in somebody else's building, if you don't bring intensity and bring you're A game, in the playoffs even more so. They can put the Bruins on their heels and force goalie Tuukka Rask into some challenging situations.

Vlasic had tied the game 1-1 at 14:36 of the second after Tyson Jost opened the scoring for Colorado at 4:05 of the second when he converted a 2-on-1 with Compher - who scored in both the second and third periods. NY and has a.913 SV% overall through nine playoff outings.

In the second period, with Boston already up 3-0, Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Williams released the puck, turned and was caught high Marchand's stick, knocking him down. It was a goal gave the Bruins life.

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