They called it a comeback and the Bruins did just that. After a frustrating two periods that saw the Boston Bruins miss a multitude of chances to score, the boys in Black and Gold got the job done. Just as the team’s confidence started to wane, they staged a blitz in the third period to overcome a two-goal deficit. With the win, Boston has a chance to end the series on Wednesday.
After a big win on Saturday (minus their number one goalie and top scorer), the Bruins needed to bring their momentum for a pivotal Game Four. However, the Canes were not one to lay down. Down a key player after losing Andrei Svechnikov to a terrible injury, Carolina came out ready to play. Boston’s second line was once again setting up plays in front of the Canes net but was unable to connect. Boston at times seemed to be looking for their legs as Carolina continued to push.
Despite the pressure from the Hurricanes, Boston’s were (at times) able to get the puck out. Both teams drew penalties during the first but were unable to score. With a little under 10 minutes left in the period, Carolina was the first to strike as veteran Justin Williams scored on a wrist shot to put the Canes up 1-0. Boston had multiple chances on net, especially with the Krejci line, but we’re unable to stuff one in (even with scrambling bodies in Carolina’s net).
END OF THE FIRST: BOS-0, CAR-1
SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-6, CAR-7
Boston started the second period a little tighter as the action was further down the Canes end. Unfortunately, Boston looked a bit sloppy clearing the puck as they played catch-up. Much like in the first period, the Bruins rushed the net hoping to stuff the puck in. Patrice Bergeron was unable to connect on a pass from line-mate Brad Marchand in front of the goal. David Krejci would ring one off the post and they would draw a penalty. The Bruins buzzed around James Reimer during the power-play but were unable to score.
A defensive breakdown on Boston’s end led to a Carolina goal by Jordan Martinook, making the score 2-0. Boston continued to push towards the Hurricanes net, however just could not connect despite multiple chances. Carolina would have a goal waved off as it was a high stick and above the bar. Lots of turnovers on both ends of the ice forced Halak to scramble into the net. In the final minute of the period, Boston made a final push but could not get the puck in. They would end the period on a power-play.
END OF THE FIRST: BOS-0, CAR-2
SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-11, CAR: 10
Boston would start the period on the power-play but was unable to connect with their two shots on goal. The Bruins continued to mishandle the puck as Carolina continued to limit their entry into their zone. A dangerous turn-over from Boston led to a near goal. But things would soon change for the B’s. The Boston Bruins would finally get on the board as Jake DeBrusk beat Reimer to the puck. The Carolina goaltender skated way out of his net in an attempt to stop DeBrusk. The Bruins would be on the board 2-1 with 12 minutes left in the period.
Boston’s play was on the upswing and with Charlie McAvoy’s massive hit on Jordan Staahl, there was renewed urgency. Boston’s Connor Clifton would slap the puck high on Reimer’s blockers side, tying the game 2-2. With eight minutes left in the period, Brad Marchand would give the team their first lead after netting one in, making the score 3-2.
The second line exploded once again as Jake DeBrusk nailed his second goal of the night. Boston would be up 4-2. With a little over a minute left in the final period, the Hurricanes pulled Reimer out for the extra skater. Canes would score, making it 4-3. The Boston Bruins would hold on to win 4-3 and now lead the series 3-1.
FINAL SCORE: BOS-4, CAR-3
TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-33, CAR-19
NEXT GAME: Wednesday, August 19th with puck drop at 4:00 pm.
WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, NBCSN, FS-CR
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