The Hurricanes got to the conference finals by defeating the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in the first round and sweeping the New York Islanders in the second round. The Caps lost that game in overtime to fall down two games to none, but kept Holtby in net for the next game, rallied to win that series and go on to take their first Stanley Cup.
Boston Bruins defensemen were the engine that drove the team's offense in Sunday afternoon's Game 2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2019 Eastern Conference final, and Torey Krug was the catalyst of the group. How things have changed are the Canes are now down 2-0 in this series and they have allowed a whopping 11 goals in the two games so far. Rod Brind'Amour inadvertently dropped a hint when he refused to name a starting goaltender for Game 3, putting up a smokescreen on Tuesday morning that he probably wouldn't bother with if he was simply rolling out Petr Mrazek again.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy could have his own lineup decision to make as Noel Accari is nearly healthy enough to play.
"Justin's an intelligent guy, he's been in a lot of playoff games, had lot of success in the playoffs", Backes said. Teams down 2-0 in a series rarely come out with the series victory, but the trailing team has a 29-32 record in Game 3 at home, so it's more even than you'd think.
"As the series went on, they kind of felt like they needed to do that", Rask said. "I don't think it fazes them, where we play", said Cassidy.
Boston set up in the Hurricanes' zone, and Jake DeBrusk sent the puck across the ice to Marchand, who tipped it back into the slot for Bergeron, who slid it through Mrazek's pads to make it 3-1.
Carolina had a better Corsi percentage, shots percentage and created more scoring chances at 5-on-5 during the team's four regular-season games against Boston, and the Hurricanes' run to the Eastern Conference final has seen them overcome some significant obstacles.
The Bruins scored twice more in the second period on goals from Clifton and Grzelcyk, and then put the game out of reach with goals from David Backes and Heinen in the third that made it 6-0.
You're not going from the No. 1 goalie to the backup.
Columbus hit posts at least four times.
NOTES: Columbus F Markus Hannikainen played in his first career playoff game. 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 two minutes for roughing. "I thought everyone brought it, and it's just disappointing".
"I'd imagine it'll be physical; they have been every game or have tried to". D Adam Clendening also was scratched after playing in the last seven playoff games. "I don't know, it's nice to get a goal, get the lead early".