BOSTON ( Associated Press) – The Boston Bruins earned themselves a seventh game with another dominating performance at home.
Problem: The clinic will be in Carolina, where Hurricane has been just as unbeatable.
“Everybody loves a Game 7,” said Boston coach Bruce Cassidy as the Bruins won 5-2 on Thursday night, even as the Carolinas made their first-round playoff in three games. series too. “We’d love to stay home, I’m not going to lie to you.
“But if we had to, we would have played them on Mars.”
Jeremy Swimman intercepted 23 shots, and Brad Marchand scored a goal and an assist for Boston in the sixth straight blow for the home team. Charlie Coyle also had a goal and an assist for Boston, and Eric Houla and Derek Forbort added third-period goals before Curtis Lazar took the puck into the empty net with 4:17 to play 5–5. Played with 1.
“We have to win, now, a road game. He’s in front of us,” said Cassidy. “We knew when we started, we had to win at least one to move forward. So here it is. ,
The Hurricanes will host Game 7 in Raleigh on Saturday, where they go 3-0 up at a combined score of 15-4. The winner will play the Penguins or Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals; Pittsburgh leads that series 3-2 in Game 6 on Friday night.
“The good news is we have one more game to play,” said Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour. “Right now, it’s tough. You must feel brutal, to be honest with you. And then you wake up, and you feel excited that you have an opportunity.”
Two days after a 5–1 loss at Carolina, the Bruins returned home and put on an equally one-sided performance.
Andrei Svechnikov twice and Anti Ranta made 29 saves for the storm. Neither Swayman, a rookie, nor Ranta ever appeared in the seventh game.
“I can’t wait,” said Swmann, who took over as starter after losing the first two games to Linus Ullmark’s Carolina. “It’s Game 7. We’re so excited. … It’s a fun atmosphere to be a part of. Couldn’t have asked for more.”
Marchand broke a scoreless tie at 46 seconds in the second period, taking a long cross-ice pass from Conor Clifton and skating in the right circle before wristing Ranta’s glove.
Coyle gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the final two minutes of the period, hitting a trickling rebound off David Pasternak’s one-timer. Svechnikov made it a one-goal game at the start of the third, before Houla and Forbort gave Boston his throne back.
Svechnikov’s second goal came with 2:30 remaining to spear Marchand during a power play for a double minor.
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The game could be the last at TD Garden for future Hall of Famer Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins captain is unsigned for next year and has declined to talk about his future during the season.
In a career spanning 18 years, with Boston, Bergeron scored 400 goals with 582 assists and won the Selke Award as best two-way forward four times. He won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and went to the finals twice.
2 blue liner Hemps Lindholm returned for Game 6 after top defenseman Charlie McAvoy returned for Game 5 after missing just one game in the COVID-19 protocol. He hadn’t played in Game 2 since showing signs of a concussion.
Lindholm led all players in the ice time with 24 minutes, 48 seconds.
“Watching hockey is not something I’ve ever been good at,” he said. “Super happy to be out there.”
Notes: Tomas Nosek made two assists for Boston. … Carolina scored once on six occasions in the power-play, with Boston taking a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period. The Bruins were 1 for 3.
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