All the Bruins needed was a change of scenery and a couple of breaks.
Two games after going down in an 0-2 hole, the Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes are tied at two wins apiece in their opening-round Stanley Cup Playoff series after a 5-2 matinee win for Boston at TD Garden on Mother’s Day. The game really broke in the Bruins’ favor late in the second period and into the third, when they scored two power play goals in a span of exactly two minutes. The first man-advantage goal came off the stick of Jake DeBrusk, who had a goal and an assist on the afternoon.
It was after the DeBrusk goal that the Bruins really made Carolina pay. Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour decided to challenge for goalie interference, and was unsuccessful, resulting in a delay of game penalty. Less than a minute later, a Sebastian Aho high-stick busted Patrice Bergeron open, which added a four-minute power play on top of that, giving the B’s a two-man advantage leading into the third period. Brad Marchand scored just 44 seconds into the final frame to give the Bruins the lead, which they would not relinquish from there.
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David Pastrnak made it 4-2 Bruins with a set play off a faceoff, cycling with Marchand and burying a perfectly threaded puck in front. Marchand would add an empty net goal near the end of regulation, completing a five-point day (two goals, three assists).
For the second straight game, the Bruins had to come back from a 1-0 deficit. Bergeron scored the first goal of the game late in the first. Carolina went up 2-1 early in the second with a Jordan Staal one-timer and held the lead for most of the period, before their late penalties tilted momentum in Boston’s favor.
The Bruins were without their top-2 defensemen in the game, as Charlie McAvoy joined Hampus Lindholm on the shelf as a late scratch due to entering the league’s COVID-19 protocol. If McAvoy tested positive, he will have to quarantine for at least five days, meaning he would also miss Game 5. Josh Brown entered the lineup with McAvoy out and registered 12:52 of ice time, dishing out one hit.
Goaletender Jeremy Swayman stopped 24 of 26 shots on the afternoon (.923 save percentage), including three stops on Hurricanes power plays.
The series, now 2-2, shifts back to Carolina for a pivotal Game 5. That’s set for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET.
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