The Boston Bruins took a commanding 3-0 series lead last night in Raleigh after defeating the Hurricanes 2-1. The Hurricanes can not look at anyone but themselves for their loss last night.
It was a battle.— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) May 15, 2019
Game 4 Thursday. pic.twitter.com/lQeYqhxn9o
Early in last nights game, the Hurricanes had multiple two-man advantages due to Boston penalties, the Hurricanes were not able to capitalize on a single one.
Missing passes and scoring chances was one of the biggest problems that Carolina faced last night; but they also had to deal with Tuukka Rask down on the other end of the ice.
The Hurricanes ended the night 0/5 on the power play and 4/5 on the penalty kill. That second period Brad Marchand tally ended up the game winner.
After the first period of play, shots on goal were 20 for the Hurricanes and 6 for the Bruins. The next 40 minutes ended up being all Bruins as shots were 36 for the ‘Canes and 31 for the Bruins after the final horn.
After the game last night, Coach Brind’Amour said that McElhinney was great for them. He also said “Obviously you have to score on those chances…obviously” when asked about their play in the first period.
Rask ended up making 35 saves on 36 total shots. The only goal to get past him was a slap shot from defenseman Calvin de Hann.
Last night, aside from getting a brilliant performance from their netminder, the Bruins always were the first ones to the puck. They skated a bit harder, played a chippier game in between whistles. Just from watching the game you could tell how hungry Boston is to make it back to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Bruins are also getting a lot of help from the core players that they have had for many years and many playoff runs. Not to say the leadership in the Boston locker room is better, because we do not know that, but they have more veteran players that have made it this deep into the playoffs before. They have guys who have won a Stanley Cup before and want to reach another one.
Game 4 will take place Thursday night in Raleigh. Puck is set to drop at 8 p.m. The Hurricanes play in game 4 will determine whether or not they take a team trip back to Boston on Saturday.