The Carolina Hurricanes are headed to the second spherical of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after defeating the visiting Boston Bruins 3-2 in Sport 7 of their first-round sequence on Saturday.
Max Domi, an in-season acquisition, scored twice and tallied three factors to guide the Hurricanes. Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak had targets for Boston.
Carolina’s subsequent opponent would be the winner of Sunday’s Sport 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers.
Residence ice wound up being a significant factor within the sequence. For simply the ninth time in NHL playoff historical past, the host staff gained every sport. Boston hadn’t misplaced within the first spherical since 2016-17, reaching not less than the semifinals in three of the previous 4 seasons and making a Stanley Cup Closing look in 2018-19.
Carolina and Boston had additionally confronted one another in two of the previous three postseasons previous to this one, and it was the Bruins doing the eliminating each occasions (in the course of the Jap Convention finals in 2018-19 and within the second spherical of the NHL’s COVID-19 match of 2020-21). The Hurricanes’ third strive proved to be the appeal, the place they might lastly ship Boston to an early offseason as a substitute.
It was hardly a straightforward highway, although. Carolina performed your complete sequence with out beginning goaltender Frederik Andersen (lower-body harm) and in Sport 2 Boston ahead David Pastrnak bumped into Andersen’s backup Antti Raanta and despatched him out with an upper-body ailment. Rookie Pyotr Kochetkov stepped in to make his NHL playoff debut and helped the Hurricanes to victory.
For Sport 3, Boston made an important goaltending change from Linus Ullmark (.860 SV%, 4.16 GAA in Sport 1 and Sport 2) to rookie Jeremy Swayman and gained the subsequent two video games by a mixed rating of 9-4.
The Hurricanes stormed again for an emphatic Sport 5 win (when Boston performed with out prime defenseman Charlie McAvoy as a consequence of a COVID-19 prognosis), solely to be snuffed out by the Bruins’ assault in Sport 6 (for which McAvoy returned).
Neither Swayman nor Raanta had ever appeared in a Sport 7 earlier than. And each netminders can be examined from the outset of a brisk first interval.
The Hurricanes and Bruins traded possibilities there till Teuvo Teravainen lastly buried a puck backdoor on Swayman within the final 90 seconds.
Trailing 1-0, Boston could not get out of the body earlier than Taylor Hall was assessed a double-minor penalty for top sticking. The Bruins penalty kill got here via — and Swayman made a number of massive stops — to get Corridor out of the field, solely to have Domi slither behind the Bruins’ protection and lengthen Carolina’s result in 2-0.
It was the primary playoff aim of Domi’s profession but it surely would not be his final.
After DeBrusk let a puck fly previous Raanta to chop the Bruins’ deficit by one, Domi got here calling once more to make it 3-1 halfway via the second interval.
Boston was 1-13-Zero this season when down by a number of targets via two intervals. That report wouldn’t enhance, whilst Pastrnak added one other aim with 20 seconds left in regulation.