Bruins’ Power Play Comes Through in Game 1 Comeback Win Against Hurricanes

Bruins’ Power Play Comes Through in Game 1 Comeback Win Against Hurricanes

The Bruins will be without Charlie McAvoy for the series opener against the Hurricanes on Thursday night after the 21-year-old defenseman was suspended for one game for an illegal check on Columbus' Josh Anderson.

The door to the visiting team's penalty box had scarcely slammed shut before the official was opening it again for another Carolina Hurricanes player to serve his punishment. Rask absolutely stood on his head in Game 6 vs. the Blue Jackets and never let a ruckus Columbus crown get into the game. "It's amusing when that happens because you know you got the better of them at that point". David Pastrnak led the Bruins with four goals in the six games against Columbus.

After Jake DeBrusk hit a goal post, Krekci got the rebound off the boards and scored the first goal of the game with a slap shot from the top of the right circle with 7:47 left in the second. I don't think you get this far by accident.

Coach Rod Brind'Amour said Monday there were "no limitations" on his goalie and Mrazek said he felt "120%, to be honest". "He's been in a real good place, consistent, just solid and composed".


The Bruins doubled the advantage at 8:58 of the third period, as Johansson weaved toward the middle of the ice before wristing a shot that handcuffed Bobrovsky.

Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston, which trailed 2-1 before capitalizing on back-to-back power plays.

The Blue Jackets almost answered about a minute later, but Josh Anderson hit the bar as well on a setup from Artemi Panarin.

Less than a minute into the third, Jordan Staal was called for boarding Chris Wagner, a hit he seemed to immediately regret.


Near the end of the second, Boston's Charlie McAvoy almost took off Josh Anderson's head with a hit, but the officials leveled only a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check. Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, picked up in trades at the deadline, also will be unrestricted free agents.

Forward David Backes said, "We are halfway to our goal". With this game, Rask became only the third goalie in Boston history to have multiple series-clinching shutouts. Rask faced a total of 212 shots and now leads all goalies who have played at least three games this playoffs with an average 0.938 save percentage over 13 games played. He has spent parts of seven seasons in the National Hockey League but has never played more than 47 games in a year.

UP NEXT: Boston advances to conference final against Carolina.


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