Thanks to Matt Grzelcyk’s first career multi-goal game and a solid performance by goalie Tuukka Rask, the Boston Bruins dropped the Carolina Hurricanes by a final score of 6-2 Sunday to take a two-game series lead in the Eastern Conference Final.
The Bruins also got goals from Connor Clifton, Jake DeBrusk, David Backes, and Danton Heinen.
The series will now head to Carolina for Game Three and Game Four, but the Hurricanes are up against it. They’ve been outscored 11-4 by the Bruins thus far and have to figure out a way to get their own smothering offence going.
The Bruins held the shots advantage 25-23 and poured the pressure on Petr Mrazek, who dropped to 5-5 in the playoffs and has been in the net for two losses in a row. That’s not exactly an auspicious return for the netminder and it may give Rod Brind’Amour pause as to who gets the nod for Game Three in Raleigh.
After all, allowing six goals on 25 shots isn’t exactly a confidence-building experience.
If Mrazek does indeed still get the start for Game Three, expect him to have a more rigorous assessment prospect. Brind’Amour can and will turn to Curtis McElhinney if the rubber really hits the road, especially if Mrazek lets in a softie like he did to commence Game Two’s disappointment.
While the goaltending has far from lived up to its billing, the Bruins have also dominated just about everywhere else. In Game Two Sunday, they had the edge in hits, faceoffs, takeaways, and blocked shots. Boston even addressed their power play situation, going two-for-two on Mother’s Day to further punish the Hurricanes.
So what’s next?
Carolina has to regroup and hope that a return home will bolster their efforts.
They’re not far behind on paper, at least in terms of generating chances and getting in the mix. But the difference between an experienced playoff contender and a Bunch of Jerks is becoming more apparent by the day and that may not bode well for any future incarnations of the Storm Surge.
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