Final: Bruins crush Hurricanes 6-2 to take 2-0 lead in Eastern Conference Final

May 12, 2019; Boston, MA: Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk is congratulated at the bench after scoring against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period in game two of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
May 12, 2019; Boston, MA: Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk is congratulated at the bench after scoring against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period in game two of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Bruins have taken a 2-0 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final, and emphatically. A combination of sharp puck movement and a shaky Petr Mrazek added up to a 6-2 win for the B’s, who will head to Raleigh with a chance to take a commanding lead in the series. But after Sunday’s rout, they are clearly in control.

Matt Grzelcyk scored twice for the Bruins, becoming the first Boston defenseman to score twice in a playoff game since Zdeno Chara in 2011. Connor Clifton also scored, his first career NHL goal - regular season or playoffs. Jake DeBrusk, David Backes, and Danton Heinen filled out the rest of the score sheet, all by going hard to the net and/or fighting for rebounds.

It would still be premature to get ahead of ourselves and start booking flights for the Stanley Cup Final. But the B’s have now put the pressure on Carolina to win both of their upcoming home games, and that may be hard to do with the disparity between the goaltenders.

Check below for a full recap of our live updates and highlights from the game.

Recap: Third Period

-- 2:28: Teuvo Teravainen makes it 6-2 Bruins off a boneheaded play by Tuukka Rask. He tried to fire it out of the zone but it went right to Teravainen, who fired it easily into the open net.

-- 8:43: Justin Williams mercifully gets the Hurricanes on the board. It's deflected in, which seems like the only way to beat Tuukka Rask right now. Game is still well in hand, but the shutout is gone - 6-1 Bruins.

-- 15:28: Just eight seconds after they kill off the penalty, the Bruins score yet again. Danton Heinen takes the cross-ice feed from Bergeron and flips it through Mrazek It's 6-0 Bruins and apparently, Rod Brind'Amour isn't even considering making a goalie switch.

-- 17:36: Bruins with yet another PK. Bergeron is off for tripping, again.

-- 18:50: David Backes makes it 5-0 Bruins. David Krejci gets the first chance, then Backes shovels the garbage. The rout is on and the Hurricanes have barely been in the Bruins' zone to start this period.

-- 19:11: Charlie McAvoy quietly making a nice impact on this game. He's been sharp with his anticipation and stick work on breakouts, and he's creating scoring chances for the forwards by firing timely pucks toward the front of the net.

Recap: Second Period

-- Second Period Thoughts: It looks and feels like the rout is on for the Bruins. They clearly got the memo from Bruce Cassidy about the second period. They were the more productive team and looked like the faster, sharper team as well. Justin Williams' ill-advised holding penalty against Brad Marchand was a prime example of Carolina being rattled. Matt Grzelcyk having the game of his life with two goals and a solid job creating breakouts in his own end.

-- 2:04: A potential dagger for the Bruins. The Hurricanes just let the long pass happen for Charlie Coyle, and he deftly passes it back to a wide-open Matt Grzelcyk, who shifts into the high slot and rips it top shelf. 4-0 Bruins. Mrazek will stay in goal for the Canes.

-- 3:53: Pesky Brad Marchand draws a penalty from Justin Williams. He's off for holding and the Bruins will get their first power play of the game.

-- 4:59: Rask with his third save of the power play. He is as dialed in as ever this series and throughout the playoffs. The Bruins' utter mismatch in goal could be the Hurricanes' undoing.

-- 6:24: Bruins have to kill off yet another penalty. Chris Wagner whistled for holding.

-- 7:33: Marcus Johansson is making things happen every time he has the puck. His line with Coyle and Heinen had a few strong scoring chances on their last shift. Bruins are buzzing and the Hurricanes seemingly can't get out of their own way.

-- 9:20: Dougie Hamilton fans on a shot attempt then topples to the ice. Fans immediately chant "Dooooug-ieee". The guy is not having a good time.

-- 16:14: Connor Clifton puts the Bruins up big. Marcus Johansson shows great patience and vision to pull everyone on Carolina to his side before feeding it cross-ice, and Clifton gathers the deflected puck to fire it into a wide open net. It's 3-0 Bruins and they look in total command nearly halfway through this one.

-- 16:46: Bruins successfully kill off the Bergeron penalty. Marchand looked to be pulled down on a shorthanded chance, but no call. They're mostly letting them play so far.

-- 18:02: Joakim Nordstrom blocked a pass then touched it ahead for a streaking Brad Marchand, who almost beat the defender to the puck for a shorthanded bid.

-- 18:51: Bruins back to the PK. Patrice Bergeron called for tripping. They'll have to kill it off without their best penalty-killing forward.

Recap: First Period

-- 1:28: Just six seconds into a power play, Jake DeBrusk gathers a rebound then whacks it in on the second chances. It's 2-0 Bruins and the Hurricanes look back on their heels.

-- 1:34: David Backes returned some of the physicality favor against Lucas Wallmark, burying him at the Carolina blue line.

-- 4:15: Up until the Grzelcyk goal, legitimate scoring opportunities were few and far between for both teams. Shots on goal are just 6-5 in favor of Carolina, who have had the only power play of the game. Neutral zone play has been solid on both sides and both teams have struggled to establish a forecheck. But lo and behold, Mrazek can't stop a stoppable puck and Grzelcyk is rewarded for attacking.

-- 4:38: Bruins on the board first. Matt Grzelcyk rips it from the low faceoff circle and it trickles through Mrazek to make it 1-0 Bruins.

-- 7:02: Rask with a couple of saves and McAvoy with a blocked shot 1:02 into the power play.

-- 8:04: Bruins go to the penalty kill. Zdeno Chara whistled for a trip. The call was late. The officials had let some stuff go up to that point, but Chara's unfortunate stick work was a little too obvious for them this time.

-- 10:54: Scoring chance for David Pastrnak. He corrals a neutral zone pass then shifts around the defeder before ripping a wrist shot into Petr Mrazek's pads. Patrice Bergeron got off a rebound. Best opportunity so far for the B's.

-- 12:23: Canes defenseman Justin Faulk wiped out a Sean Kuraly rush with a crushing open-ice hip check. Looked clean from up here. Have to keep your head up when you're carrying the puck in that area of the ice.

-- 14:41: Tuukka Rask makes a nice play to whack the puck our of danger with Haydn Fleury bearing down on him. Chances have been minimal for both teams in the opening minutes.

-- 16:51: Micheal Ferland absolutely buried Mat Grzelcyk into his own bench. Expect Grizz to have a sore back tomorrow.

-- 19:26: Jaccob Slavin with a couple of mishandled pucks the Bruins' fourth line is off to a good start getting the uck deep and grinding the Canes' defenders down low. Bruins fans already going with the "Doooooug-ieeeee" chants against the "misunderstood" Dougie Hamilton.

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