Boston Bruins Advance to Eastern Conference Finals for First Time Since 2013

Florence Fletcher
May 11, 2019

"(McElhinney) was outstanding those two games", Mrazek said. "Obviously, it was unfortunate I was in the box and taking those penalties".

It's also worth noting that Boston lost Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final in 2011, falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 at TD Garden, then came back to win the series, and ultimately the Stanley Cup. He replaced Mrazek in the third period of Game 2, making 17 saves while Carolina rallied for a 2-1 victory. The Bruins won three of the previous series, but Carolina won the most recent meeting in the 2009 conference semifinals when Scott Walker scored in overtime in Game 7.

Near the end of the second, Boston's Charlie McAvoy almost took off Josh Anderson's head with a hit, but the officials levelled only a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check. Johansson slammed home a rebound of Brad Marchand's shot to tie it, and just 15 seconds later the Bruins were back on the power play when Dougie Hamilton was given 2 minutes for roughing. Zdeno Chara took a shot to the ankle while killing a penalty later in the period and went to the locker room, but returned to the bench as the puck was being dropped to start the middle frame.

Boston's third line has been good throughout the playoffs and will be relied on to take advantage of Carolina's bottom-6 which has been much more susceptible to giving up goals at even-strength. He did not appear to be limping when he left the arena.

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The Hurricanes were second in the National Hockey League with a 54.8 CF% in the regular season and lead with a 56.5 CF% in the playoffs and will hold a 5v5 advantage over any opponent.

Johansson finished with a goal, two points and a plus-1 rating in 14:19 of ice time while putting up two shots on net, four shot attempts and a blocked shot in an active night for him.

Columbus got a power play early in the third and pushed for a goal but had some near misses, as Rask made a big stop on Matt Duchene as he skated in alone on the left side, then Zach Werenski unleashed a shot that hit the crossbar yet again for the CBJ, with Anderson's follow from his knees hitting Rask's shoulder. Boston is 3-1. ... Tuukka Rask got his sixth career shutout and made 39 saves to power the Bruins over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 to end a tight, hard-checking series in which both goaltenders stood out. The Hurricanes reassigned forward Patrick Brown and defenseman Jake Bean to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

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