Marchand and Swayman pitch Bruins to a 4-2 hurricane win

Jimmy Golen, Associated Press

BOSTON – For 16 bouts in six games, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins.

Five consecutive victories, including two in the playoffs. Twenty-six goals against three. In fact, the Hurricanes never followed the Bruins for 325 minutes, 41 seconds of play.

“It’s been a long time,” said Bruins manager Bruce Cassidy, noting that the two clubs did not face each other in the shortened season of 2021, so the Bruins have not defeated the Hurricanes since 2020.

“We had talked a lot about playing with an advantage. It makes a difference for both teams. “

Brad Marchand broke the 1-1 draw to give the Bruins their first lead on the scoreboard against the Hurricanes this season. He then added two assists to help the Bruins protect their lead and secure a 4-2 win in Game 3 of the NHL first-round series.

Debut keeper Jeremy Swayman blocked 25 shots in his first career playoff start. Linus Ullmark conceded eight goals in their first two games, which the Hurricanes won.

These two wins followed an impressive regular season domination by the Hurricanes against the Bruins. The Hurricanes swept the three-game streak away and led 16-1 in goals scored without ever falling behind.

Charlie Coyle short-circuited and added an assist, David Pastrnak hit the bull’s-eye on a power play and also had an assist for the Bruins, who will have a chance to equalize the series in Sunday’s fourth game in front of their fans.

Taylor Hall, on power play in the third period, scored the other goal for the Bruins.

“When JD (Jake DeBrusk) and CC made that short play to get us back into the game, it changed the whole attitude,” explained Marchand.

“We’ve been playing hockey since the beginning of the series. It was nice to see that we can respond. “

The response from the Hurricanes came from Vincent Trocheck and Jaccob Slavin.

Reserve goalkeeper Pyotr Kochetkov made 24 saves in his first career playoff start. In the second game, he replaced Antti Raanta who was injured following a collision with Pastrnak.

Trocheck gave the Hurricanes the lead when he capitalized on a return field, but Coyle equalized the game with 2:44 left in the first period.

“Of course it is a very important milestone for them,” Slavin acknowledged.

“Our five-man attack should give us momentum, not take it away.”

Early in the second period, Marchand hit the top of the net to give the Bruins their first lead against the Hurricanes since knocking them out in the first round of the 2020 playoffs.

“We know what the problem was,” said Hurricanes manager Rod Brind’Amour.

“We had a pretty good first period, then the power play conceded goals and this revived them.”

Towards the end of the second period, the Hurricanes took two consecutive penalties, and shortly after the five-on-three power play became a men’s advantage, Pastrnak fired a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle for the 3-1 Bruin.

Meanwhile, play was delayed by about seven minutes in the second period when a glass scoreboard fell on NHL officer Joe Foley working in the Bruins penalty area.

The referee left the fence on a stretcher and was cheered by Bruins fans.

John Dellapina, a spokesperson for the NHL, said Foley was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he remains under observation.

“We have heard that he is fine and will recover,” Pastrnak said.

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