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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins
Recap

Bruins pull away from Hurricanes, force Game 7

May 13, 2022, 1:55 AM

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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins forced a deciding Game 7 in their Eastern Conference first-round series, scoring twice in the second period and three times in the third en route to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

The home team has won all six games in the series. Game 7 is Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle each had a goal and an assist, Derek Forbort, Erik Haula and Curtis Lazar also scored and Tomas Nosek dished out two assists for Boston.

Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman made 23 saves in his fourth consecutive start. He stopped all 11 shots he faced in the first period.

Andrei Svechnikov scored both Carolina goals, including one on the power play to end the home team's three-goal run during the final frame.

Antti Raanta recorded 29 saves in the loss.

Carolina trimmed Boston's lead to 2-1 early in the third, but the hosts broke the game open with goals at the 7:08 and 10:43 marks. Haula netted the first of those tallies, redirecting in Charlie McAvoy's pass from the slot after the defenseman retrieved a loose puck.

Forbort then tipped home Nosek's point shot to make it a 4-1 game, his first goal since Nov. 20.

Lazar added an empty-netter at 15:43 before Svechnikov tallied a consolation goal at 17:30.

Just 46 seconds into the second period, the Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead for the first time in the series. After Connor Clifton sprung a long pass through the neutral zone, Marchand snapped off a hard wrister from the right circle that beat Raanta upstairs to the short side.

Carolina was unable to capitalize on its first power play of the game early in the second period, though Seth Jarvis and Nino Niederreiter both hit the goalpost.

The visitors also came up empty on a 5-on-3 advantage for 53 seconds, finishing 0-for-3 on the power play over the first two periods. That statistic proved costly as Boston doubled its lead with 1:56 left before the second intermission.

Coyle netted the second Boston goal on a man-up opportunity, taking advantage of a fortuitous bounce following a deflected David Pastrnak one-timer. The puck ricocheted right to Coyle outside the crease.

Carolina halved its deficit at 3:24 of the third when Svechnikov buried a Jarvis feed over Swayman's blocker, catching the Boston defense out of position.

--Joshua Kummins, Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes
Preview

Hurricanes primed to put away series on road vs. Bruins

May 11, 2022, 7:41 PM

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The Carolina Hurricanes are on the cusp of advancing past the Boston Bruins in their first-round series after cruising to a 5-1 home win in Game 5 on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes have a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 on Thursday.

"When we score a goal, I get excited, I wish I was playing. You can't beat the feeling when we pump one in and the crowd goes crazy," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said of the electric home atmosphere. "It's very special."

If Carolina wants to leave nothing to chance in a winner-take-all Game 7 back in Raleigh, N.C., it will have to pull a win out of Boston for the first time in the series.

Entering Game 6 at Boston, the home team has won the first five games.

"Most teams feed off their home crowd, especially at playoff time," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "(Carolina is) still a younger group so sometimes that affects you even more. I think they're good no matter where they play.

"They came into our building earlier this year and showed that. ... We did the same thing in Boston. We feed off our crowd a lot."

Carolina is coming off of a complete effort Tuesday, building a 3-0 lead and adding a pair of third-period goals. That leaves Brind'Amour feeling confident heading back to the road.

"It's a pretty solid game," Brind'Amour said. "... At this time of the year, you have no chance if you don't have 20 guys dialed in because every shift and every aspect of the game can be the difference. Everyone was good."

Twenty-year-old center Seth Jarvis scored twice, while defenseman Tony DeAngelo (one goal, two assists) was one of three players with three points.

Carolina was 2-for-5 on the power play, doubling its goal total with an extra man from the first four games.

"All four lines, all 60 minutes, and (Antti) Raanta was fantastic too," DeAngelo said. "Whoever wins the special-teams battle is going to win the game and that's the way it's going."

Cassidy thought his team started well in Raleigh. While defenseman Charlie McAvoy (COVID protocol) returned after missing Game 4, the Bruins will need more from some key players in order to produce back-to-back wins.

David Pastrnak hasn't been on the scoresheet in any of the three road games in the series, while Erik Haula has been held without a goal through all five games.

"I thought we were the better team for the first six or seven minutes, then (Jaccob Slavin's first-period goal) went in and gave them a lot of juice," Cassidy said.

"That part was good, but not enough up and down our lineup. ... We need to find a way to get some guys going. That's on me, but it's also the time of the year where that inner drive comes through."

On Tuesday, defenseman Connor Clifton scored Boston's lone goal in the third period.

Jeremy Swayman is expected to make his fourth consecutive start in Boston's net. Cassidy also "anticipates" the return of defenseman Hampus Lindholm (upper body) from his Game 2 injury.

After the Canes dominated the regular-season series, the Bruins knew their opponent would be ready to play again. Now, it's do-or-die.

"We know they're going to push. They're a good team. You can see they're very hungry right now," Boston's Brad Marchand said. "But we just have to give it everything we have (on Thursday) and hope there's a tomorrow."

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins
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Bruins D Charlie McAvoy out of COVID protocol, to play Game 5

May 10, 2022, 9:52 PM

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Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy cleared COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday and was flown to Raleigh, N.C., to suit up for Game 5 of Boston's first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes.

McAvoy was a late scratch for the Bruins' Game 4 win over Carolina due to the protocol. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy had said earlier Tuesday that McAvoy would not be available for Game 5 either.

Then, several reporters spotted McAvoy arriving on his own to PNC Arena in Raleigh a few hours before the 7 p.m. puck drop. ESPN reported that Bruins ownership organized a private jet for him to fly down in time for the game.

McAvoy tallied career highs of 10 goals and 46 assists (56 points) in 78 regular-season games in his fifth NHL campaign, all spent with Boston. He added two assists in the first three games of the Hurricanes series.

The Bruins will still be without defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who has sat out since absorbing a big hit from Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov in Game 2. McAvoy and Lindholm usually comprise Boston's top defensive pairing.

The series is tied 2-2. Game 6 is scheduled for Thursday in Boston.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes
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Boston's Brad Marchand, Derek Forbort each fined $5K

May 5, 2022, 6:58 PM

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The Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand and Derek Forbort were each fined the maximum $5,000 Thursday for their actions in Wednesday night's Game 2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The NHL levied the fine on Marchand for slashing backup goalie Pyotr Kochetkov and Forbort for high sticking Teuvo Teravainen.

Kochetkov was between the pipes after starting goalie Antti Raanta had to leave the game following a collision with Boston's David Pastrnak. Kochetkov was hit with a slashing minor on the play with Marchand but was not fined.

Forbort got four minutes for his high stick. Forbort had eight penalty minutes in all, including roughing at the end of the game.

The Bruins had 28 PIM to Carolina's 18. The Hurricanes had nine power plays, converting on two.

Carolina leads the Eastern Conference first-round series 2-0. Game 3 is Friday night in Boston.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Colorado Avalanche
News

Hurricanes G Frederik Andersen out at least one week

April 19, 2022, 3:32 PM

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Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen is expected to be sidelined at least one week because of a lower-body injury, coach Rod Brind'Amour announced.

Andersen sustained the injury during the third period of the Hurricanes' 7-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

"That'll be probably re-evaluated in about a week," Brind'Amour said prior to Carolina's 5-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. "We'll get a sense of where he's at then."

Andersen, 32, sports a 35-14-3 record with four shutouts, an NHL second-best 2.17 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 52 games (51 starts) this season.

He is 261-114-51 with 23 shutouts, a 2.59 GAA and .916 save percentage in 445 career games (432 starts) with the Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

Antti Raanta is expected to serve as the Hurricanes' primary goaltender in Andersen's absence.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames
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Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark exits after first period

April 15, 2022, 1:21 AM

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Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark left after the first period of Thursday's game against the Ottawa Senators.

The Bruins did not immediately announce the reason for Ullmark's departure. He took a high shot in the first period and reportedly talked with trainers.

Ullmark stopped all eight shots he faced during the first period. He was replaced in the second by Jeremy Swayman.

Entering Thursday's game, Ullmark was 23-10-2 with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Report: Penguins to meet Bruins in 2023 Winter Classic

April 13, 2022, 4:09 PM

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the Boston Bruins in the 2023 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park on Jan. 2, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The NHL announced in February that the Bruins would host the game, with the opponent and date left to be set.

This will be the third Winter Classic for the Penguins, who played in the inaugural game against the Buffalo Sabres in Orchard Park, N.Y. That game, played on Jan. 1, 2008, marked the NHL beginning its tradition of hosting an outdoor game to start the new calendar year.

It will be the fifth NHL regular-season outdoor game for the Bruins and the second time the Winter Classic has been played at Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox. The Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime on Jan. 1, 2010, to win the third Winter Classic.

The St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-4 at Target Field in Minneapolis on Jan. 1 to win the 2022 Winter Classic.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
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Bruins' David Pastrnak, Hampus Lindholm out vs. Lightning

April 8, 2022, 6:58 PM

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Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak and defenseman Hampus Lindholm have been ruled out of Friday's game against the host Tampa Bay Lightning.

Pastrnak will miss his second straight game since sustaining an undisclosed injury in the third period of Boston's 3-2 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.

Lindholm suffered a lower-body injury in the second period of the Bruins' 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

"Hopefully (Lindholm) gets on the ice tomorrow," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Friday. "'Pasta' didn't skate. I would say, Lindholm is probably a little ahead of Pasta in terms of who will play next but certainly neither tonight."

Pastrnak, 25, boasts a team-leading 38 goals in 69 games this season. His 71 points are tied with Brad Marchand for top honors on the club.

Pastrnak has 498 points (238 goals, 260 assists) in 507 career games since being selected by Boston with the 25th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Lindholm, 28, has four assists in seven games with the Bruins since he was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on March 19.

He has 226 points (57 goals, 169 assists) in 589 career games since being selected by the Ducks with the sixth overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
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Bruins' David Pastrnak, Trent Frederic out vs. Red Wings

April 5, 2022, 5:07 PM

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Boston Bruins forwards David Pastrnak and Trent Frederic have been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the host Detroit Red Wings.

Pastrnak sustained an undisclosed injury after being muscled to the ice by defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov in the third period of Boston's 3-2 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. Pastrnak retreated to the locker room and did not return.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy suggested Pastrnak's injury may stem from a lingering issue.

"He had an injury there against Winnipeg (on March 18), a goalie exchange with (Linus) Ullmark, that flared up one day. So I don't know if this is the exact same thing or not. I just found out," Cassidy said.

"So it might be that he hasn't completely healed, so if that ends up being the case, if that's the message we get, then he's going to need whatever amount of time to get it right. So I don't think it's long-term, we'll put him as day to day, but who knows?"

Pastrnak, 25, boasts a team-leading 38 goals in 69 games this season. His 71 points are tied with Brad Marchand for top honors on the club.

Pastrnak has 498 points (238 goals, 260 assists) in 507 career games since being selected by Boston with the 25th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Frederic, 24, is nursing an upper-body injury.

He has career-best totals in goals (five), assists (10) and points (15) this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes
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Panthers F Jesperi Kotkaniemi to miss 2-3 weeks

March 31, 2022, 9:34 PM

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The Carolina Hurricanes, in a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Conference heading into play Thursday, will have to get by without forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi for up to three weeks because of a lower-body injury.

Kotkaniemi, who has 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) on the season, was injured during Monday's 6-1 victory over the Washington Capitals when he was checked by Lars Eller.

The 21-year-old is in his first season with the Panthers and just signed an eight-year, $38.56-million deal with the team earlier this month.

"It's going to be at least a couple weeks to three weeks," Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "That's long for me, so that's not good."

In a bit of fortunate timing, Carolina forward Jordan Martinook is expected to return from his own lower-body injury Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens after missing seven games. He is expected to take Kotkaniemi's spot in the lineup.

--Field Level Media

NHL: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins
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NHL fines Bruins' Taylor Hall, Predators' Tanner Jeannot

March 30, 2022, 4:30 PM

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Boston Bruins forward Taylor Hall and Nashville Predators rookie forward Tanner Jeannot are a little lighter in the wallet on Wednesday.

The NHL fined Hall $5,000 for roughing Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin during Tuesday's game. The league also docked Jeannot $2,000 for kneeing Ottawa Senators captain Brady Tkachuk in Tuesday's contest.

Both fines were the maximum allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

Hall, 30, was assessed a minor penalty for roughing after punching Lyubushkin in the side of the head with 4:16 remaining in the second period. Lyubushkin levied a hit on Hall prior to the latter's punch.

Lyubushkin did not return to the game for what the Maple Leafs called precautionary reasons.

Hall scored his 15th goal of the season late in the third period of Boston's 6-4 loss to Toronto. The former Hart Trophy recipient also has 35 assists in 66 games this season.

Jeannot, 24, was assessed a minor penalty for tripping at 1:22 of the third period.

Tkachuk remained in the game for the Senators, who dropped a 4-1 decision to the Predators.

Jeannot scored his NHL rookie-leading 23rd goal of this season at 10:07 of the third period. He also has 17 assists in 66 games.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers
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Rangers acquire F Maxim Letunov from Hurricanes

March 28, 2022, 7:06 PM

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The New York Rangers acquired former second-round draft pick Maxim Letunov on Monday, sending Tarmo Reunanen to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Letunov, 26, played in three NHL games in 2019-20 with the San Jose Sharks. The forward scored a goal in his short stay. He was the 52nd overall draft pick by the St. Louis Blues in 2014.

Reunanen, 24, has just four games of NHL experience with the Rangers last season. The defenseman, who was a fourth-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2016, had an assist in 53 minutes of ice time.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes
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Hurricanes sign Jesperi Kotkaniemi to eight-year extension

March 21, 2022, 8:49 PM

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Carolina Hurricanes forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi signed an eight-year contract extension on Monday.

The Hurricanes said the deal will pay Kotkaniemi an average annual salary of $4.82 million through the 2029-30 campaign.

Kotkaniemi, 21, is making $6.1 million this season after joining the club as a restricted free agent in the offseason. He played his first three NHL seasons with Montreal but the Canadiens declined the offer sheet presented by the Hurricanes.

"Jesperi has shown us just how high his ceiling can be through his skill and work ethic, and that he is a great fit with our young core," Carolina general manager Don Waddell said in a news release. "He is still just 21 years old, and we are confident his role in our organization will continue to expand in the years to come."

Kotkaniemi has 11 goals this season to match his career best. He also has 12 assists for 23 points in 59 games.

Overall, Kotkaniemi has 33 goals and 52 assists in 230 career NHL games. The Finnish native was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2018 draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets
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Report: Hurricanes acquire Max Domi from Blue Jackets

March 21, 2022, 7:55 PM

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The Metropolitan Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes acquired forward Max Domi from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for prospect Aidan Hreschuk just before Monday afternoon's NHL trade deadline, Canadian outlet Sportsnet reported.

Domi, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, will head to his fourth team in seven years.

Domi, 27, recorded nine goals and 23 assists in 53 games for Columbus this season. The Blue Jackets landed him in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens just before the start of the 2020-21 season.

In seven seasons with the Arizona Coyotes (2015-18), Montreal (2018-20) and Columbus, Domi has amassed 99 goals and 208 assists across 482 career games.

Carolina added Domi as it tries to land the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes, with 88 points, entered Monday with a narrow three-point lead over the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins in their division while just two points behind the Florida Panthers for the best record in the East.

Hreschuk is a left-handed defenseman currently playing at Boston College. Carolina selected him in the third round (94th overall) in the 2021 draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Boston Bruins
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Bruins re-sign F Jake DeBrusk to 2-year extension

March 21, 2022, 2:55 PM

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The Boston Bruins on Monday announced a two-year contract extension for forward Jake DeBrusk.

The Athletic reports that DeBrusk, who was seeking a trade, still could be dealt before the Monday 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. The extension could help facilitate a trade, per the report.

As it stands, DeBrusk gets $4 million per season in the deal.

DeBrusk, 25, has 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 57 games this season. He has 160 career points (82 goals, 78 assists) in 301 games, all in Boston. The Bruins selected him No. 14 overall in the 2015 draft.

--Field Level Media