Boston Bruins Advance to Eastern Conference Finals for First Time Since 2013

12 May, 2019, 03:47 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Carolina Hurricanes fall to Boston Bruins in game one of Eastern Conference Finals

Though the Blue Jackets pushed hard each play and hoped to stay alive, Rask shut them down on 10 power plays in the final three games of the series.

Columbus squandered a power play in the second, almost giving up a short-handed goal to Kuraly on a breakaway. "We tied it up pretty quick there, and I think we kept our foot on the gas for the most part".

NOTES: Columbus F Markus Hannikainen played in his first career playoff game.

Columbus did not make a dent in Game 6 at Nationwide Arena. Mark the breadth of a second period that was completely owned by Carolina and could have resulted in a much bigger advantage if not for the ongoing stinginess of Rask, who made 29 saves and turned himself into a brick wall one more time this postseason. He skated in a red non-contact jersey during Saturday's practice, and though he won't play in Game 2 on Sunday against the Hurricanes, he is getting closer to a return.

That continued in Game 6.

David Krejci collected a goal and an assist, and Marcus Johansson and David Backes scored 1:41 apart midway into the third period for Boston, which will face Carolina in the next round.

Rask made five saves, one off his mask, during the Blue Jackets' fourth power play early in the third period, and Zach Werenski hit the left post.

McAvoy said of the incident, "Hockey play". Backes got the third on a rush about 2 1/2 minutes later.

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Tortorella did not elaborate on whether the call should have been a major.

"I don't really care", he said. "It was a huge moment, but I'm not going to discuss what was told to me". We know they have a good power play, and the best way to combat a good power play is not to take penalties.

Johansson finished with a goal, two points and a plus-1 rating in 14:19 of ice time while putting up two shots on net, four shot attempts and a blocked shot in an active night for him. Then things got a little weird.

The Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since the 2012-2013 season, when they lost in the Stanley Cup Final. Tortorella's "mind games" were not something Rask bought into - even if that will be the aftermath considering the Blue Jackets coach also said the Columbus would be back in Boston for Game 7. That allowed Rask to get through a gritty series with the Toronto Maple Leafs while still remaining fresh for a six-game bout with the Blue Jackets.

Charlie McAvoy is sitting out Game 1 as he serves a one-game suspension, but his replacement brought an immediate impact to the series opener.

"It's entertaining", Rask said.

Carolina wrapped up a four-game sweep of the New York Islanders on Friday.

Just don't ask him to provide any bulletin board material. "You've built something great as a team".

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