The Eastern Conference Finals was less exciting than people hoped for, considering the Hurricanes beat the defending Stanley Cup champs in the first round. They could not compete with the star power and depth of the Bruins. Now pair that with an amazing series by Tuukka Rask and you can see why the Hurricanes looked more like Tropical Storms.
The Bruins won game four in Carolina by a score of 4-0, giving Tuukka Rask his second shutout of the post season. Boston’s “big three” of Pastrnak, Bergeron, and Marchand were clicking and the Carolina defense had no answer. Pastrnak scored the first goal, Bergeron scored the second and third, then Marchand knocked in the fourth. All three have at least seven goals in the playoffs. The Bruins have time to rest before the Western Conference finals are decided.
As for game four, people expected the Hurricanes to win to avoid a sweep. The Bruins were missing their big man on defense, Zdeno Chara. Moore stepped up in his absence in his first game since April 23rd. The Hurricanes looked desperate and were playing to not lose as opposed to trying to win.
McElhinney was able to keep the Bruins out of the net in the first period, but the scoring opened up in the second. Pastrnak scored on a power play just 4:46 into the second off an assist from Marchand on a break away chance that left the goalie completely exposed. That first goal not only sucked the life out out the fans, but some of the Hurricanes’ players themselves. If that wasn’t enough, the Bruins scored again to make it 2-0 on another power play where both Bergeron and Pastrnak got behind the defense and played a two-man game until McElhinney committed leaving the far post wide open for Bergeron.
Patrice Bergeron scored his second goal right around the midway point of the third period to make it 3-0. Brad Marchand, the most hated man outside of Boston, gave Carolina the final blow with two minutes remaining.
The Bruins outscored the Hurricanes 17-5 in this series. Now they look ahead to try to win their seventh Stanley Cup in franchise history.
In the west, the Sharks currently lead the Blues 2-1. Do the Bruins have what it takes to finally put an end to Boston’s dreadful four month championship drought?