It’s the third round of the playoffs, and the Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes begin game 3. Tonight, on NBCSN.
LET’S GO BRUINS!
In weird but kinda cool news, the Bruins took their first flight on a new JetBlue plane – “Bear Force One” (No relation to the gay singing group of the same name)
"It's great for the organization. It's great for the brand. It's great for our fans across the country."
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 13, 2019
There is another Eastern Conference Final game today!
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 9, 2019
Game 1 started out on a high note for the Bruins, with them coming out on a tear, and dominating play for the first few minutes, including depth player Steven Kampfer scoring his first NHL playoff goal, and putting the B’s on the board first. However, they would give up the lead after a set play on the first faceoff of a penalty kill.
The ice soon tilted toward Carolina, with the Hurricanes taking advantage of the Bruins’ 2nd-period woes, and getting a lead with Gregg McKegg crashing the net.
The Bruins would come back for the 3rd period with renewed vigor, and controlled much of the play, being helped out by a couple of Dougie Hamilton penalties – scoring on both, and taking the lead. They would continue to a 5-2 victory.
Game 2 was a bit more one-sided, with the Bruins scoring first, and nearly pulling off a shutout, eventually getting to a 6-2 win. Artist’s rendition of the game (via interpretive dance):
Charlie McAvoy returned to the lineup after a 1 game suspension caused him to miss the first game of the series and Steven Kampfer was scratched.
Now were going into game 3, which will be the 100th playoff game for forward Brad Marchand – all played with the Boston Bruins! Marchand joins teammates Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and David Krejci at reaching the 100 playoff mark.
Krejci himself is nearing a playoff milestone – he has 99 points in his postseason career – 36 Goals and 63 Assists, all with the Bruins.
Here’s to many more to come for all of them!
What will be the lineup tonight?
You will have seen and enjoyed this lineup before.
Kevan Miller and John Moore are still out of the lineup. McAvoy is back with Chara and Matt Grzelcyk will skate with Clifton again today.
David Backes has been effective, playing on Krejci’s right side, so the 74-46-42 line should make another appearance tonight.
4th-liner Noel Acciari missed the last couple of games with an upper-body injury, but was cleared to play for game 3. However, because of the success of the first two games of the series, no changes will be made and the Nordstrom, Kuraly, Wagner combo will have another game together.
Tuukka Rask will be in goal.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
The Carolina Hurricanes are the opponent of this round. You may remember that late in the season they traded the frustrating opponent Vicktor Rask to the Wild in exchange for Nino Niederreiter.
Also the latest landing spot for ex-Bruin Dougie Hamilton.
Boston fans welcomed Dougie Hamilton throughout the first two games of the series, as shown here after a goal by Connor Clifton:
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) May 12, 2019
The ‘Canes were on a hot streak of late, sneaking their way into the playoffs structure as the 1st wild-card in the Eastern Conference, playing their way through the metro division. They defeated the Washington Capitals in 7 games and the New York Islanders in 4. However they have not gotten off to a good start vs the Bruins.
Current injuries include Trevor van Riemsdyk (Left Shoulder), Jordan Martinook (Lower Body), Saku Maenalanen (Hand), and Meenalanen may be available to play tonight anyway.
Many in the hockey universe have been calling for Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour to swap goaltenders but he has been reluctant to do so. There has been no word as to who will start in net tonight.
#37 Andrei Svechnikov — #11 Jordan Staal — #86 Teuvo Teravainen
#21 Nino Niederreiter — #20 Sebastian Aho — #14 Justin Williams
#13 Warren Foegele — #42 Greg McKegg — #23 Brock McGinn
#79 Micheal Ferland — #71 Lucas Wallmark — #8 Saku Maenalanen
#74 Jaccob Slavin — #19 Dougie Hamilton
#22 Brett Pesce — #27 Justin Faulk
#4 Haydn Fleury — #44 Calvin de Haan
#34 Petr Mrazek
(#35 Curtis McElhinney)
LET’S GO BRUINS!