Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes
NHL: Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST
The Bruins are on the brink of the Stanley Cup finals after beating the Hurricanes in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead. They had scored 11 goals in the first two games of the season, but won the last game with their defense, which only gave up one goal. The Boston D has been solid in this series only allowing five goals in the three games and they have only given up more than two goals once in their current six-game winning streak.
The Hurricanes have their backs against the wall down 3-0 in this series. While they shored up their defense in their last game only allowing two goals their attack continued to struggle. Carolina has totaled 10 goals in the last two games of the last series before only scoring five goals in the three games in this Eastern Conference Finals. Needless to say, the Canes need to get it done on both sides of the ice in order to avoid the sweep.
Not only have the Bruins won six in a row, but they have won their last eight Eastern Conference Finals games.
Taking the close one for a change
After outscoring the Hurricanes 11-4 in the first two games of this series Game 3 was close in the 2-1 Boston win.
The Bruins continued to play good D, which they needed since their offense was stymied. They were outshot 36-31 in the game, they scored one of their goals on the power play, and it was key that they killed all five of the Carolina power play chances. Boston scored both of their goals in the 2nd period with Brad Marchand and Chris Wagner, who was injured later in the game and may miss Game 4, scoring both of the goals.
Tuukka Rask allowed one goal on 36 shots in a great performance in between the pipes and he has only allowed five goals in his last four starts. Marchand scored the game winner in Game 3 and in his last five games he has two goals and four assists. The Bruins have won 22 of their last 30 games following a win and if that trend continues they will be heading to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Attack is less than stellar again
While the Canes played good defense in Game 3 their offense struggled for a 3rd straight game. They had more shots and five power play chances, but still only mustered one goal. They have lacked pressure in the crease and that needs to change in this game. Calvin de Haan scored the lone goal in the loss and that was his first playoff goal. Teuvo Teravainen leads Carolina in goals in the playoffs with seven and while he has four goals in his last five games he has only found the back of the net once in this series.
Curtis McElhinney gave up two goals on 31 shots in the loss and he may get the start in this elimination game, as #1 G Petr Mrazek was lit up in the first two games of the series giving up 10 goals on only 52 shots. While Boston has won their last eight Conference Finals games the Canes have lost their last seven Conference finals games.
The Carolina Hurricanes are:
- 0-7 in their last 7 Conference Finals games
- 1-7 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog
The Boston Bruins are:
- 6-0 in their last 6 overall
- 5-1 in their last 6 road games
- 8-0 in their last 8 Conference Finals games