RALEIGH, N.C. — As expected, the Hurricanes gave the Bruins their best shot in Game 3 as the Eastern Conference Finals shifted to their undefeated home ice at raucous PNC Arena.
But, like every other Hurricanes flurry in this series, the Bruins took it, then shoved it right back into their face.
After watching Tuukka Rask stand on his head in a 20-save first period, the Bruins made second-period goals from Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand stand up as Boston beat Carolina 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The Bruins only need one more victory in the next four games to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Rask saved 35 of 36 shots. The only goal he allowed, a slapshot by Calvin de Haan at 13:48 of the second period, gave Carolina brief life.
Wagner opened the scoring just 1:21 into the second period off of two great passes from Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly.
Marchand made it 2-0 when his backhanded shot went off de Haan and through the five-hole of Curtis McElhinney, who was solid in his start in place of Petr Mrazek.
The Boston Bruins will continue the Eastern Conference Finals when they battle the Hurricanes in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday night down at PNC Arena. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. Follow along for updates from Tuesday’s game.