Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins
NHL: Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 3:30 PM EST
The Hurricanes had their six-game win streak snapped with their 5-2 loss in Game 1 of this series in Boston. They had won their previous two games by a 5-2 score, but were on the losing side of that score in losing Game 1. Carolina had only allowed five goals in their previous four games before getting lit up for five goals in the first game of this series.
The Bruins are cruising, as they have won their last four games and had a solid Game 1 win. Their attack has lit the lamp 16 times in their four-game streak and their defense has also been solid in that span only allowing six goals. Boston has won six of their last seven games facing the Hurricanes and they have won five straight against them on home ice.
Giving it up late
In the 5-2 Game 1 loss to the Bruins, the Hurricanes had a 2-1 lead after two periods, but their defense failed to show up in the 3rd period giving up four goals. They had three more shots in the game in the loss and they gave up two of their five goals on the power play. Sebastian Aho and Greg McKegg each scored for the Canes in the losing effort. Petr Mrazek gave up four goals on 27 shots to take the loss and he had only given up one goal in his previous two appearances in between the pipes. In Mrazek’s only game facing the Bruins this season he gave up three goals, but the offense had his back in the 5-3 Carolina win.
Four different players for the Hurricanes have scored at least four goals in the postseason and the team had totaled 10 goals in two games before only scoring two in Game 1 of this series. Jaccob Slavin leads the team in points and assists in the playoffs, but has not registered a point in the last two games. The Hurricanes have lost their last five Eastern Conference Finals games.
Blowing up in the 3rd
After only scoring one goal in the first two periods of Game 1 the Bruins blew up in the 3rd period outscoring the Hurricanes 4-0.
Five different players scored in the game, six players had at least one assist, and Brad Marchand had two assists. Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron each scored in early in the 3rd period only 28 seconds apart and both goals came on the power play. Tuukka Rask gave up two goals on 31 shots and while he gave up five goals in his only game against the Hurricanes this season he has only allowed two goals in his last two starts.
Marchand has been solid in the post-season leading Boston with 15 points and 10 assists and in his last four games, he has a goal and five assists. David Pastrnak, Charlie Coyle, and Bergeron all have six goals in the postseason to lead Boston. The Bruins have won their last six Conference Finals games and they have also won 20 of their last 28 games following a win.
The Boston Bruins are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 overall
- 6-0 in their last 6 Conference Finals games
- 17-5 in their last 22 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 56-23 in their last 79 home games
- 20-8 in their last 28 games following a win
The Carolina Hurricanes are:
- 0-5 in their last 5 Conference Finals games
- 14-43 in their last 57 games as an underdog of +151 to +200
- 3-7 in their last 10 games as a road underdog