The Bruins and Hurricanes faced off in the second game of their back-to-back to start their series. The Bruins took game 1 in double overtime, but how will the quick turnaround affect game 2? Unfortunately for the Bruins, David Pastrnak was unfit to play in this game. Anders Bjork would be moved to the top line while Karson Kuhlman would fill his spot on the third line. In other lineup news, Rask was named the starter for the game while Carolina chose Reimer as their game 2 starter.
The first period got off to a slow start for both teams offensively. Some of that may have had to do with changes to the Bruins lines. After the first ten minutes of the period, both teams combined for only six shots on goal. Lauzon would take the game’s first penalty with just over eight minutes left in the period. A misplayed puck by Rask would lead to a dangerous opportunity for the Canes, but Williams hit the side of the net. The Bruins killed off the penalty with several good shot blocks.
With a little over five minutes left, the Bruins would go on a power play of their own. With Pasta out of the lineup, Krejci would fill in on the top unit. It did not take long for him to reward Cassidy for making that choice. Krejci would take the puck at the point being defended by Jordan Stall, who broke his stick earlier in the shift. Krejci would go to work faking multiple shots to get Stall out of position, and in that space, he fired a dart into the net for the 1-0 Bruins. After a slow start, the Bruins” top line would take over in the final minutes of the period, creating a number of chances. Reimer would be the one rewarding his coach this time as he would keep it a one-goal game heading into the second period.
In the first minute of the period, Krejci would be in alone against Reimer but his shot would go over the net. A poor turnover by Krug would lead to a chance for Carolina, but Rask made the save preserving the lead. The game starts to get somewhat nasty after Svechnikov checks McAvoy face-first into the boards. Chara and him exchange pleasantries and both go to the box and it’s 4 on 4. Carolina gets a 4 on 3 chance but Rask stands tall and turns the puck away. The Bruins generated a chance of their own after Marchand forced a turnover behind Carolina’s net. Reimer is up for the challenge and again stops the Bruins.
With about five minutes left in the period, the Bruins went back on the penalty kill. On the power play, Teravainen picks the top corner blocker side, tying the game at 1. A failed clear-up of the boards by Rask led to a turnover at the blueline. Canes got the puck to the always dangerous Svechnikov and he gave them a 2-1 lead with just three minutes to go. The Bruins tried to answer back with chances from Krug and Bergeron, but Reimer stopped them both. Their effort didn’t go unrewarded as the Canes took a penalty with 1:45 remaining. With just 3.8 seconds left in the period, Marchand put home the rebound off Bergeron’s shot and headed into the third tied at 2.
Just a minute in Rask made a huge save on Trocheck to keep the game tied. Just a few minutes later it looked like Carolina had taken a 3-2 lead but the goal was waved off for goalie interference. Once again there is controversy as the call is challenged and upheld as no goal. While Krug does check, Teravainen, initiating contact with Rask Teuvo, makes zero effort to get out of the crease. He almost pushes Rask completely out of the blue paint preventing him from playing his position hence the call. Because of a failed challenge, the Bruins went on the power play. Carolina kills off a penalty and the game remains tied.
Off a defensive zone faceoff, Carolina swings the puck around to the right dot, and Hamilton steps into a blast over the glove of Rask. With just 11:30 left in the period, it’s now 3-2 Hurricanes. Just minutes later, some aggressive stick work by McAvoy would result in a penalty sensing the Bruins on an important kill. The Bruins penalty killers spent more time in the offensive zone, creating a number of opportunities, but they just couldn’t finish. Reimer continues to make a number of big stops and might be stealing the starting job from Mrazek. The Bruins got one final chance after Hamilton iced the puck with 12.1 seconds left, but a loss in the draw, it’s over. Carolina takes game two 3-2 trying the series at 1-1.
The first star of the game went to James Reimer. Reimer made 33 saves on 35 shots and might have even stolen the starting job he played so well. The second star of the game went to David Krejci. Krejci was in top form, scoring the Bruins’ first goal and assisting on their second. The third and final star goes to Andrei Svechnikov. Svechnikov had an assist on the Hurricanes’ first goal and scored the team’s second goal.
The Bruins had plenty of chances in this game but just couldn’t get it done. Reimer gets credit for being a huge reason the Canes won. Heading into game three on Saturday, Carolina might have a goalie controversy on its hands. Hopefully, for the Bruins, Pastrnak will be able to return to the lineup as he was clearly missed on the top line. Strap in fans because this series could go the distance all the way to game 7. The good news is the Bruins have looked like a different team from the round-robin and are back playing some great hockey. As always, stay safe out there and LET’S GO BRUINS!
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