RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes did not flinch after dropping one more goaltender. Instead, they responded with a bodily and even confrontational edge in opposition to a group that has twice bullied them out of current NHL playoffs.
And now, they’re up 2-0 on the Boston Bruins of their first-round collection.
Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter every scored twice and the Hurricanes overcame the early lack of goalie Antti Raanta to beat the Bruins 5-2 on Wednesday night time.
Jesper Fast had the sport’s first purpose for Carolina in one other robust offensive displaying to begin this collection. Rookie goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov got here on in aid of Raanta to complete with 30 saves.
Perhaps simply as importantly, the Hurricanes appeared prepared for a struggle at each second because the Bruins racking up penalties and time within the field whereas going through one more uphill climb.
“We’re not going to get pushed around, I guarantee you that,” said Carolina defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who had three assists.
Game 3 is Friday night in Boston.
This game quickly went from competitive to feisty and downright ornery in quick fashion — namely after Boston’s David Pastrnak knocked Raanta from the game midway through the first period when he struck the goaltender in the head with a gloved hand as he tried to skate past him.
Already down injured No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen to start the playoffs, Carolina turned to Kochetkov as Raanta exited while bleeding from an apparent mouth injury.
After Raanta’s exit, the teams constantly traded words and hits, along with repeatedly tussling after the whistle. Notably, there was the jarring shoulder-to-chest blast by Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov that leveled Hampus Lindholm and left him wobbly as he was helped to the locker room late in the second.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said he thought Svechnikov’s hit was “on time certainly but it looked high.” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour was extra irritated by Pastrnak’s hit on Raanta.
“You never want to see guys get hurt,” Brind’Amour stated. “I don’t like seeing our goalie get taken out either. But one was legal, one was not, if you really want to break it down.”
Patrice Bergeron scored each of Boston’s objectives, the primary on a free rebound within the second after which one other on a redirection close to the crease within the third. Linus Ullmark surrendered 4 objectives for the second straight sport and completed with 29 saves.
“We need a timely save, there’s no doubt about it,” Cassidy stated. “We got better. We’re closer to scoring, we scored a couple. I thought (Kochetkov) did a really good job. We could’ve had more than two.”
Fittingly, the sport ended with the groups being separated as soon as extra after the whistle.
“There was not a dull moment, that’s for sure,” Brind’Amour stated.
Among the post-whistle exchanges was one between Kotchetkov and Boston’s Brad Marchand, who shoved Kochetkov from behind as he tried to play a puck.
The goaltender objected with a jab of his stick, then his personal shove after the play, solely to see Marchand instantly swing his stick and pop Kochetkov in the proper arm. Both ended up drawing a slashing penalty, a part of a busy night time within the field for the Bruins with 13 penalties for 28 minutes.
“You want to play between the whistles,” Bergeron stated. “You want to play physical and hard. But you want to make sure it’s the right way because obviously tonight they scored some goals on the power play and it hurt us, basically.”
Raanta had 35 saves in his first profession playoff begin in Game 1 and was harm after he had cleared the puck. Cassidy referred to as it a “a freak play.”
“His foot caught his pad, he’s trying to block the clear but get out of the way,” Cassidy stated. “I don’t think there was any intent there at all.”
Brind’Amour did not appear to see it that means. Asked afterward whether or not he thought the Bruins have been deliberately concentrating on his goaltenders, he stated: “Well, what do you think? Can’t get any more obvious.”
Neither team had updates after the game on the status of Raanta or Lindholm.
“He didn’t see me,” Svechnikov said, adding: “Obviously I really feel dangerous and sorry for him.”
Carolina acquired offensive manufacturing from its defensemen past DeAngelo.
Jaccob Slavin additionally assisted on Carolina’s first two objectives. He earned model factors, too, for leaping out of the way in which of Aho’s redirection tip that despatched the puck between Slavin’s legs earlier than beating Ullmark at 15:30 of the primary.
Carolina has received all 5 conferences this season by a mixed rating of 26-4. It was 16-1 within the three regular-season conferences, and 5-1 in Game 1 right here.
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