Carolina Hurricanes: 3 Keys to Resetting in Game 3 vs. Bruins

Defensemen pinching below the blue line at the right time and in the proper spots will ensure more puck possession and movement for more shots on goal.

The Black and Gold are looking to take a 2-0 lead over the Cane's but will have to accomplish it without one of their forwards. Teuvo Teravainen added an unassisted goal with 2:28 remaining to account for Carolina's second score.

Playing from behind, desperate and chasing. But with how well the team had been rolling, especially the fourth line, head coach Bruce Cassidy wasn't about to try and fix something that wasn't broken, leaving Acciari out of the lineup as a "coaches decision". "They were pursuing pucks". While the superstar trio of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand have combined for 17 goals and 20 assists so far in these playoffs, it has been the supporting cast that has made the difference in the club's postseason fortunes. The Bruins have gone 24-23 on the road and they have averaged 2.91 gpg and have allowed 2.64 gpg in those games. Generally, in the playoffs, you think they're going to let it go a little bit more.

Certainly, Rask needed to be sharp in the first period.

He was replaced by Mrazek, deemed healthy after missing 11 days with a lower-body injury, at the start of the conference final.

The proof of Krug's work being forgotten is clear as this could be the first time you read his name with praise all playoffs long; even Game 1, the focus was on the suspended player! "We just got kicked in the you-know-where'". "[Can] only say good things about them". He's confident that his team knows how to toy the line of confidence, without losing focus.

The margins were particularly small with the series shifting to PNC Arena for Game 3 and an energized fanbase trying to will the Hurricanes back into the series.

And they didn't get off to a great start as their goalie, Petr Mrazek gave up one of the softest goals you'll see a professional goalie give up, a goal that gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first period on Sunday. McElhinney is 3-0 with 1.56 GAA and.947 save percentage. Buoyed by a sold-out crowd that had been tailgating in the parking lot hours before the puck dropped for their first Eastern Conference final home game in 13 years, Carolina gave Boston everything it had. Mark it down as a textbook performance for a team trying to get back to its first Cup final since 2013. In fact, a good chunk of that came late in the period, with Chara on the ice for 4 minutes and 12 seconds of the final 6:03. "He had no attitude and seemed to have no drive which is pretty hard to do when you are 6'6". "Playing simple north-south hockey", said Nordstrom. Still, the inability to get one past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who finished with 35 saves, proved to be fatal.

  • Julie Sanders