In what would be a little over 24 hours after winning in double overtime, the Boston Bruins will once again square off against the Carolina Hurricanes. Boston’s Patrice Bergeron would nail the game-winning snipe for a goal, however, the spotlight would also shine on fellow veteran David Krejci.
GAME ONE BREAKDOWN
The lackluster gameplay during the round-robin games wasn’t as evident during Game One as when the Bruins finally started to look like themselves. With Bergeron and Krejci leading the way, Boston showed strong effort with the puck as they boasted many golden opportunities toward the Canes net. Jake Debrusk had a few scoring chances after ringing a one-timer off the post and missing a wide-open net.
David Pastrnak would get the B’s onboard after a feed from Brad Marchand, tying the game 1-1. The Bruins would take a 2-1 lead when Charlie Coyle scored a goal that was initially upheld by video review. Carolina’s Brock McGinn came back to score a short-handed goal from an intercepted pass by Pastrnak, tying the game up 2-2.
Krejci extended the Bruins' lead when he scored 59 seconds into the third. The Canes’ Hayden Fleury tied it up 3-3 at 9:49. The game would end in regulation with a 3-3 score. As both teams traded scoring chances during the first overtime, it would take a little over a minute for Bergeron to score the game-winning goal in the second overtime. It would be his fourth post-season overtime goal:
SECOND LINE SHINES
New Czech Mates David Krejci and Ondrej Kase certainly earned high praise from the coaching staff. Krejci would score the third Bruins goal, coming off a feed from Kase. It would be the first playoff game where Kase donned a Boston Bruins jersey and his numbers were decent. The 24-year-old Czech native would play 22:05 minutes of ice time, landed five shots on goal (with an assist) and had three blocks:
"I thought he was fantastic. He's been on pucks all night, playing his game. Had some good looks. Nice play on Krejci's goal…they're probably our most dangerous line tonight. So that is something that we talked about - secondary scoring…Kase took a few hits and he bounced back. What I really liked was the second effort on the puck. That makes any team hard to play against. That's what happened with that line tonight. And they were - I guess if you ask Carolina - they were hard to play against."Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy
For the Hurricanes, tonight's Game 2 will be a chance for them to start with a clean slate. As the team forced a double overtime and were close to defeating the Presidents’ Trophy winners, the Canes’ will looking to double their efforts in tonight’s tilt. Expect Carolina to continue to limit Boston in regards to the penalty kill. A goaltender has yet to be announced for Carolina. Tuukka Rask will get the start tonight in net for the Boston Bruins.
GAME TIME: If previous 3:00pm game does not go into overtime, puck drop at 8:00 pm, Scotiabank Arena.
WHERE TO WATCH: NBCSN, NESN, FS-CR
PROJECTED LINEUPS - CAROLINA
(GOALTENDER HAS YET TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR CAROLINA AT TIME OF PUBLISHING)
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