BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand scored one purpose and assisted on one other, and Jeremy Swayman stopped 23 pictures to guide the Boston Bruins previous the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Thursday evening and ship their first-round playoff collection to a decisive seventh recreation.
The house staff has gained all six video games within the collection up to now — an edge for Carolina, which is able to host Game 7 on Saturday. The winner will play both the Penguins or Rangers within the Eastern Conference semifinals; Pittsburgh leads that collection 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Friday evening.
Two days after dropping 5-1 at Carolina — their third blowout loss on the street — the Bruins returned to the TD Garden for what could possibly be the final house recreation for future Hall of Famer Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins captain has declined to speak about his future through the season.
Andrei Svechnikov scored twice and Antti Raanta made 29 saves for the Hurricanes, who’ve gained three video games by a mixed rating of 15-4 and misplaced three by a complete of 14-6.
Charlie Coyle additionally scored for Boston, and Erik Haula and Derek Forbort added third-period objectives earlier than Curtis Lazar backhanded the puck into the empty internet with 4:17 to play.
Marchand broke a scoreless tie 46 seconds into the second interval, taking a protracted cross-ice go from Connor Clifton and skating to the precise circle earlier than wristing it over Raanta’s glove.
Coyle gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead within the final two minutes of the interval, poking within the trickling rebound of David Pastrnak’s one-timer. Svechnikov made it a one-goal recreation early within the third earlier than Haula and Forbort gave Boston again its cushion.
Svechnikov’s second purpose got here with 2:30 left throughout an influence play for a double minor to Marchand for spearing.
BYE BYE BERGY
In an 18-year profession, all of it with Boston, Bergeron has scored 400 objectives with 582 assists and gained the Selke Award as the perfect two-way ahead 4 occasions. He gained the Stanley Cup in 2011 and went to the Final two different occasions.
The 36-year-old Canadian is unsigned for subsequent season.
NOTES: Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm returned after lacking the final three video games after successful to the top. He led the staff in ice time. … Coyle additionally had an help and Tomas Nosek had two assists for Boston
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