The Bruins obliterated the measly Hurricanes in Game 2, beating them 6-2, with Carolina scoring 2 late, garbage time goals. The Bruins stepped in with pure dominance and continued it through all 3 periods, straying from the usual second period lapse in extreme fashion. Despite multiple dirty hits from the Hurricanes, including another by Dougie Hamilton, the Bruins were able to stay healthy.
The Bruins started off pretty well, getting some good chances early. Micheal Ferland hit Matt Grzelcyk near the Bruins bench, causing a discussion between Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk. Tuukka Rask continued his hot streak, stopping multiple Carolina shots in succession.
The Bruins good defense continued until a Justin Faulk shot hit the pipe. Carolina continued to get some good bounces, and got lucky with a couple of non-calls. A Jake DeBrusk stuff in attempt was foiled by Petr Mrazek. David Pastrnak got some space, but Mrazek made a good positional save, and Patrice Bergeron was stopped again on the rebound.
A Brad Marchand shot off the faceoff with 9 minutes to go was stopped hastily by Mrazek. Then, Zdeno Chara “tripped” Andrei Svechnikov, who followed that up with a soccer-esque dive. Tuukka Rask stopped a solid power play rush and forced a faceoff with 58 seconds left in the power play, which the Bruins killed off the rest of. Carolina continued their onslaught until the Bruins reversed the tide with a massive Torey Krug hit. Matt Grzelcyk scored on a Mrazek mistake to put the Bruins up 1-0.
Brad Marchand had a great chance but couldn’t control a Patrice Bergeron saucer pass. Marcus Johansson had a breakaway, but was unable to increase the lead. Petr Mrazek stoned Joakim Nordstrom on a tip, and Justin Williams hooked Sean Kuraly on a net drive. Jake DeBrusk finally potted a rebound after 3 chances, about 3 seconds into the power play and increased the Bruins lead to 2 before the end of the first period.
A good Sean Kuraly move continued the Bruins onslaught on Mrazek, but he positionally stoned him. The Bruins went into the first intermission leading 2-0. The Bruins have recently stalled in the 2nd period, so they look to keep the fury going, while Carolina looks to claw its way back in.
Carolina got off to an extremely good start with multiple even chances before getting a power play when Patrice Bergeron tripped up Lucas Wallmark. Carolina almost gave up a very good shorthanded chance when a puck trickled past a defensemen, and then iced the puck with slightly over a minute remaining. ANOTHER non call plagued the Bruins when Brad Marchand got tripped up on a shorthanded drive, but the Bruins were able to kill off the penalty. Connor Clifton scored off another assist from Marcus Johansson to increase the Bruins lead to 3-0.
Petr Mrazek made an outstanding save on Torey Krug to prevent further Bruins scoring. However, the Bruins flipped the script in the second period by using Carolina’s aggressive nature against them. A great defensive play by Clifton saved a Carolina chance, and then gave the Bruins another offensive rush. Carolina got some energy about halfway through the period and gave the Bruins some trouble, including a shot from the point that almost trickled in.
Carolina then had a good chance when a weird bounce went right in front of the goal, but a good tie-up by Brandon Carlo on Justin Williams prevented a surefire goal. Chris Wagner then got called for a hold on Williams and the Canes went to the power play. Tuukka Rask stoned Jordan Staal with an elbow save, keeping the shutout intact. Rask continued to keep his shutout intact with an awesome glove save. The Bruins again killed off the rest of the penalty, but Tuukka Rask again kept the shutout intact with another series of remarkable stops.
Then, Carolina’s Justin Williams was sent to the box after an incident with Brad Marchand when Marchand cross checked him, and he reacted, putting Marchand in a choke hold and holding him. Patrice Bergeron almost put in a rebound, but the shot was stopped by Mrazek. The power play faltered, until another beautiful pass from Marcus Johansson to David Krejci was poorly controlled by David Krejci. Then Matt Grzelcyk potted his second goal of the night on the backhand, beating Mrazek to his glove side. The Bruins added another 2 goals to put them ahead by 4 heading into period number 3.
David Backes scored only 1 minute into the third period to increase the Bruins lead to 5-0.
However, Patrice Bergeron got his stick caught in the shin of Justin Williams, who fell over to give the Hurricanes another power play, which Boston killed off, almost 5 seconds after it ended, Bergeron found Danton Heinen, who beat Mrazek with a forehand to backhand move, and Dougie Hamilton, who has made his way onto my hate list, elbowed Heinen into the boards after the goal.
Carolina finally got something going with 10 minutes left, but their rush was stopped. Justin Williams scored on a deflection on a gentlemanly goal, decreasing the Bruins lead to only 5. I started to get stressed at this point. Marcus Johansson almost added another goal to the tally with a wrap around that Mrazek barely stopped. Teuvo Teravainen added another on a poor pass by Tuukka Rask on essentially an empty net to decrease the lead to 4. The Bruins destroyed the Hurricanes in this game, minus two garbage time goals that made it closer than it looked.
This was an exorbitant show of offense by the Boston Bruins, absolutely destroying the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2. The Bruins were able to get sustained offense from the back end with Matt Grzelcyk and Torey Krug each recording two points. They also showed much more consistency, establishing a consistent offensive onslaught on Petr Mrazek, who was, in short, not good. The Bruins did nothing badly during this game.
Charlie Coyle: 3 assists (4,5,6)
Patrice Bergeron: assist (4)
David Backes: goal (2)
Danton Heinen: goal (1), assist (5)
David Krejci: assist (8)
Torey Krug: 3 assists (8,9, 10)
Matt Grzelcyk: 2 goals (2,3)
Jake DeBrusk: goal (3)
Connor Clifton: goal (1)
David Pastrnak: assist (6)
Marcus Johansson: 2 assists (5,6)
Justin Williams: goal (4)
Sebastian Aho: assist (6)
Justin Faulk: assist (6)
Teuvo Teravainen: goal (7)
The Bruins head to Raleigh to take on the jerks in their stadium Tuesday at 8. They will look to extend their series lead to a commanding 3-0 in front of their “fans”. Boston will look to quiet down the fans and prove that Raleigh is not a hockey town. 6 more wins.
Photo Credits: (Charles Krupa, AP)