Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA - MAY 12: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on May 12, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins are still alive. They came through on their home ice in Game 6 with a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at TD Garden, evening their 2022 Stanley Cup Playoff series at 3-3 and forcing a decisive Game 7.

One of the big differences between Thursday’s game and the rest of the series is that the Bruins scored first, after the Hurricanes had done so in each of the first five games. They were also the first team to two goals on the night, and that team is 5-1 in the series so far.

  • After a scoreless and tightly contested first period, Brad Marchand drew first blood just 46 seconds into the second, finishing his rush on a long stretch-pass from defenseman Connor Clifton after catching Carolina on a line change.

  • The Bruins would later be whistled for three penalties in a span of 4:28 in the second. They killed them all, including 1:07 of 5-on-3 action, which drew a roar from the TD Garden crowd.

    They’d reward themselves on the scoreboard with just 1:56 left in the period, when Charlie Coyle made Carolina’s Brett Pesce pay for holding Jake DeBrusk on a power play. Coyle gained inside position on Sebastian Aho in front of the net, then David Pastrnak’s shot ricocheted to his area, where he was just able to pivot and redirect the puck past goaltender Antti Raanta.

  • Carolina briefly cut the Bruins’ lead to 2-1 in the third period after winger Andrei Svechnikov got open and ripped it past Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman. But the Bruins would get the goal back less than four minutes later, when Charlie McAvoy made a scintillating centering pass to Erik Haula and the centerman finished the chance to make it 3-1.

  • Continuing his excellent play at home and strong series overall, Bruins defenseman Derek Forbort got on the scoreboard when he made it 4-1 later in the third, firing a shot from the point that deflected off a Carolina stick and past Raanta.

  • Curtis Lazar cashed in on an empty-netter to make it 5-1 and officially put the game out of reach. Svechnikov scored his second for the Hurricanes in garbage time.

    The Bruins and Hurricanes will now return to PNC Arena in Raleigh for a do-or-die Game 7, which takes place on Saturday, May 14, with a start time to be determined. But you can be certain that we’ll carry the action here on 98.5 The Sports Hub.