It’s the third round of the playoffs, and the Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes begin game 4. Tonight, on NBCSN.
LET’S GO BRUINS!
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.
Then we went into game 3, which would be the 100th playoff game for forward Brad Marchand.
David Krejci also reached a playoff milestone – he has 100 points in his postseason career – 36 Goals and 64 Assists, all with the Bruins, making him the 4th Bruin and the 99th NHL player to reach the century mark.
Here’s to many more to come for all of them!
The Hurricanes, who had been undefeated at home during this season’s playoffs came out buzzing.
Their so-called “Storm Surge” was pretty impressive, keeping the Bruins hemmed in for most of the period, outshooting the Bruins 20-6 in the first period.
However, the best defense against a storm surge is a wall, and that wall was Tuukka Rask, who stopped all 20 shots during this crisis.
The Bruins turned the tables on the Canes in the 2nd period, dominating shots on net, and potting 2 goals to the Canes’ 1, winning the game, and going up 3-0 in the series.
So like Jim Cantore (and Shelby Scott before him) the Bruins fear no storm!
The only down side? Chris Wagner blocked a shot with his forearm and was injured, not to return to the game. He returned to Boston for medical tests.
What will be the lineup tonight?
We’ve got a few tweaks to it.
Kevan Miller is still out of the lineup. More surprising, Zdeno Chara was not on ice for warmups and John Moore was, so will Moore be paired with Charlie McAvoy or will Matt Grzelcyk?
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 were made. Now that Chris Wagner is banged-up, the Nordstrom – Kuraly line will have Noel Acciari return as the right wing.
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) and Jordan Martinook (Lower Body), Many in the hockey universe have been called for Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour to swap goaltenders and while he has been reluctant to do so he did for game 3 – it was not enough.
#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
#35 Curtis McElhinney
(#34 Petr Mrazek)
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 16, 2019
LET’S GO BRUINS!