2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Bedard: Tuukka Rask has left Hurricanes ‘at a loss for words,’ Bruins 1 game from Cup Finals

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RALEIGH, N.C. — In some ways, you almost feel bad for the Carolina Hurricanes.

They're obviously trying their collective butts off to break through against the Bruins in this Eastern Conference Finals — they carried the play for large portions of Games 1 and 3 — got their raucous home fans riled up with scores of Carolina Panthers and local hoops legends on Tuesday night, and even sent out a new goaltender after getting down 2-0 in the series.

Nothing has worked. None of it. Every time they try a different approach, it's almost like one of those old cartoons with the Roadrunner ... and the Hurricanes just run into a brick wall.

This wall happens to be 6-foot-3, weighs 175 pounds, hails from Savolinna, Finland and wears black and gold with 40 stitched into the back.

Tuukka Rask has been so good in this postseason and series — with the coup de grace being his 20-save, first-period performance in the Bruins' eventual 2-1 victory that even the opposing goaltender couldn't help but marvel at from 178 feet away.

"He was putting on a show tonight," said Curtis McElhinney, who wasn't too shabby himself saving 29 of 31 shots in place of the benched Petr Mrazek. "He made a lot of great saves and kept them in the game."

Go from stall to stall in the Hurricanes locker room and there was a collective frustration over not only what has transpired in this series, but especially in Game 3. You get the feeling that the Hurricanes think they've