The slope to climb looks steep for the Bruins. Bruce Cassidy’s men suffered a 5-2 loss in Game 2 to the Hurricanes and are now two games behind.
However, the win will have had serious consequences for Carolina. Already deprived of the services of their number one goalkeeper, Frederik Andersen, the Hurricanes saw their goalkeeper Antti Raanta leave the game in the first period. He was beaten during contact with David Pastrnak and he had to leave the meeting, visibly in pain on the ice.
“His foot caught on his gaiters,” Cassidy said of Pastrnak. He tried to block the passage and move. I don’t believe there was any malicious intent. †
Raanta was replaced by 22-year-old goalkeeper Pyotr Kochetkov, who has just three games of NHL experience. The latter did an excellent job of stopping 30 of the 32 shots aimed at him.
“It was not pleasant to see Antti fall into the fray, we hope he is doing better,” said Sebastian Aho first after the victory and his performance on two goals. “When I saw Pyotr take over, I was confident that he would do well in relief. He is an excellent goalkeeper who makes important saves at the right time. He is always smiling and working hard.”
“A lot happened in this match, there was a constant pace,” Aho added. “The audience was incredible again. It’s the kind of game we like to play. †
Carolina made sure to give their goalkeeper a quick kiss by hitting the target a few minutes later. Jesper Fast fell behind the Bruins defense to open the scoring.
Moments later, Sebastian Aho doubled Canes’ lead when he fended off Tony DeAngelo’s point shot.
Aho added some power to the power play early in the second period to raise the Hurricanes’ priority to three goals. DeAngelo picked up his second assist on the streak.
With just over five minutes to go into the second period, the Bruins finally gave a sign of life. Patrice Bergeron jumped on a return to the slot to score the Bruins’ first goal in nearly 95 minutes since the start of the playoffs. Bergeron who emphasized the importance of discipline in the following matches after the meeting.
“We have to stay calm. If we give that much 5 to 3, they will make us pay for it. You have to play intensely, respecting the limits,” the Quebecer analyzed.
In the closing moments of the period, the Bruins lost an important part of the blue line. Hampus Lindholm was hit hard by Andrei Svechnikov and needed help from his teammates to get back into the locker room. A scrum ensued, as several players had some grudges against Svechnikov.
Carolina added some before the end of the middle frame. Nino Niederreiter took advantage of the confusion before the net to push the puck and make it 4-1.
Boston got back into the game in the third period. Bergeron scored the 48th goal of his career in the series by blocking a shot from Charlie McAvoy to give hope to the fans and narrow the deficit to two goals.
Nino Niederreiter hit the final nail in the Hurricanes’ coffin late in the game in an empty net.
The Bruins have now allowed 26 goals in five games against Carolina when the regular season and playoff games are counted. Conversely, Boston scored just four goals.
“We definitely needed a key store,” Cassidy said. We’ve been better. I thought Kochetkov did a really good job. We could have had more than two goals on the board. †
Game 3 of the series is Friday in Boston.
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