The Eastern Conference Finals continue this evening as the Boston Bruins tangle with the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raliegh, North Carolina. The Bruins won game three of this best-of-seven series by a 2-1 score and they now hold a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Is the last night for the Hurricanes this year, or can they stave off elimination? I guess you’ll have to read on to find out.
Bruins Have Commanding 3-0 Lead
The Boston Bruins are one step away from returning to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2012/13. They lost that year, but Boston has the look of a team that could win it all this year. Their play at the beginning of the playoffs was very mediocre, but they have turned it on of late, having won their last six games in a row and the Bruins have allowed just 1.75 gpg over their last 12 games. They are rolling at the moment and will be looking to end this series tonight. In game three, the Bruins won by a score of 2-1 and scoring in the win was Chris Wagner, which was his 2nd of the playoffs and Brad Marchand, which was his 6th of the postseason. During the playoffs, Boston is 2nd in scoring, putting up 3.31 gpg, while also ranking 1st in goals allowed at 2.06, 1st in power play conversions at 31.9% and 4th in penalty kill at 85.7%.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 15, 2019
Grabbing the win in game two was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 35 of the 36 shots that he faced to improve to 11-5 with a 1.96 GAA in the playoffs this year and 46-35 with a 2.19 GAA in the postseason in his career. Rask went 27-18 with a 2.48 GAA on the year overall, including 12-10 with a 2.65 GAA out on the road and 0-1 with a 5.23 GAA against the Canes. In his career, he has gone 9-7 with a 2.27 GAA against the Hurricanes (Reg Sea). The Bruins have gone 25-23 on the road and they have averaged 2.90 gpg and have allowed 2.60 gpg in those games.
Canes Look To Stave Off Elimination
The Carolina Hurricanes surprised many in the 2nd half of the season and they came into this series having won their last six games in a row, but they just can’t seem to figure out the Bruins. The Canes lost two of three to the Bruins during the regular season and now they are down 3-0 in this best-of-seven series. The Hurricanes will be looking to stave off elimination, but if they hope to then they have to get their offense going. Carolina has scored just five goals in this series so far and that will not get it done, especially against Boston, who has been one of the best scoring teams in the postseason so far. Scoring their lone goal in game two was Calvin de Haan, which was his 1st of the playoffs. He had just one goal in 74 games during the regular season. During the postseason, the Hurricanes are ranked 7th in scoring at 2.79 gpg, 7th in goals allowed at 2.71 gpg, 14th in power play conversions at 10.0% and 14th in penalty kill at 70.8%.
"We know it will take the same effort plus something else"
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) May 15, 2019
Absorbing the loss was Curtis McElhinney, who allowed two goals on 31 shot attempts to fall to 3-1 with a 1.70 GAA in the postseason this year and 3-2 with a 2.26 GAA in the postseason in his career. McElhinney was 20-13 with a 2.58 GAA during the regular season, including 11-7 with a 2.51 GAA here at home and 0-1 with a 3.89 GAA against the Bruins. In his career, he has gone 3-3 with a 2.21 GAA against the Bruins. We may see Petr Mrazek, who has gone 5-5 with a 2.73 GAA in the postseason this year and 9-11 with a 2.37 GAA in the postseason in his career. Mrazek was 23-17 with a 2.39 GAA during the regular season, including 12-6 with a 2.33 GAA here at home and 1-0 with a 3.01 GAA against the Bruins. In his career, he has gone 4-3 with a 3.09 GAA against the Bruins. Carolina has gone 29-18 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.17 gpg and have allowed 2.45 gpg in those games.
- 6-12 in their last 18 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest