It will be an official must-win for the Bruins when they return to Boston for Thursday’s Game 6, as the Hurricanes have pushed the Bruins to the edge of elimination behind a 5-1 win over the B’s in Game 5 at PNC Arena.
Game 5 started in similar fashion, too, as the Bruins pounced on Antti Raanta and the Hurricanes early, but were unable to pot anything to show for their efforts, with no missed opportunity looming larger than Brad Marchand’s one-on-one, all-alone opportunity on the Carolina netminder.
ONE ON ONE 👀— Bally Sports South (@BallySportsSO) May 10, 2022
What a save on Brad Marchand from Antti Raanta. pic.twitter.com/ZgaH6Z0IGJ
And as has been the case in this series when on Raleigh ice, the ‘Canes turned the Bruins’ misses into goals on the board, with first-period goals from Jaccob Slavin and Tony DeAngelo.
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The Slavin goal came off a squeaker through Jeremy Swayman, and off a sequence that really started when Matt Grzelcyk surrendered possession after taking a big hit, while the DeAngelo marker came on the power play. It was yet another questionable call, too, with Derek Forbort sent to the box after a post-whistle scrum with Max Domi. This marked the third time in this series that the Bruins found themselves sent to the box as the lone offender in a normal-looking scrum. All three instances of this happened in Carolina, and the Hurricanes scored on that power-play opportunity all three times.
Derek Forbort and Max Domi get into a scrum. Only Forbort whistled on the play. pic.twitter.com/s48SmRWrbA— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 10, 2022
But the officials failed to matter as the B’s continued to self-destruct, with an own-goal on an attempted clear that gave Seth Jarvis a goal to make it 3-0, and with an early third-period power-play goal from Jarvis to make it 4-0 for the Hurricanes.
The Bruins’ lone goal of the night came with 9:51 remaining in the third period, and with a Connor Clifton drive towards the net with help from an Erik Haula neutral-zone feed.
Swayman, making his third straight start for just the second time all year long, finished with a 33-of-37 line in the Boston crease, while the Hurricanes’ Raanta stopped all but one of the 34 shots he saw in the victory.
The NHL had announced that the start time of Game 6 is set for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 12, in Boston. The game will be televised regionally on NESN and nationally on TNT in the U.S. In Canada, the game will be on SN360 and TVA Sports.
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