The Boston Bruins have a run of six wins and after a 2-1 win on Tuesday they are only one win away from a mooring at Stanley Cup final. The Carolina Hurricanes? They have to come up with something special to keep their Cinderella story going.
In today's edition of ESPN Stanley, you'll find a summary of last night's actions (see repeats of all playoff games on ESPN +) Cup Playoffs Daily:
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About last night …
Game 3: Boston Bruins 2, Carolina Hurricanes 1
Carolina hoped to regain some energy at home, and the first period could not have been better strategically. The Canes had a lead of 33-9 in the shooting attempts. According to Natural Stat Trick, the expected goals were 2.49. But they just could not get past Tuukka Rask. Boston's goalkeeper had one save after the other. If this game does not defeat all Rask skeptics in Boston, nothing will.
Goals by Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand proved to be the only insult the Bruins needed. Carolina is now in desperate mode and can not count on the power play, which is 1 in 12 (8.3 percent) in this series and 5 to 50 (10 percent in this postseason). Coach Rod Brind & Amour summed up the Canes' Night: "This is shit, I will not gloss over it, I feel like you got into where you know, stings for a while, but you're going to wake up tomorrow."
1. Tuukka Rask, G., Boston Bruins . Rask was clearly the difference in Game 3, which continues a trend this month. According to Natural Stat Trick, he has saved 29 out of 30 high-hazard odds in even strength in May, good for a savings percentage of 0.967 on those strokes. (This month's total strength is .944 with the same strength.)
2. Chris Wagner, RW, Boston Bruins . After the Bruins emerged without prejudice to Carolinas dominant first section, Wagner opened the score after a Sehe-Auge-Pass by Joakim Nordstrom:
– NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) May 15, 2019
3. Calvin de Haan, D, Carolina Hurricanes . There were many firsts for the Canes in this postseason, and De Haan's goal for the second season was his first playoff record in 27 competitions.
Game of the Night
To be honest, there are about 10 different Rask plays that we could have highlighted here.
Tuukka Rask is good pic.twitter.com/1seB7zkyf4
– Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 15, 2019
Dud of the Night
Justin Williams took part in a fight against Torey Krug, suffered three penalties in the first leg and beat David Backes in a crush on the head. Not the best view for the captain. (Remember that Williams, after being sentenced to a penalty by Brad Marchand in Game 2, said he was old enough and should know better.)
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For the record, Williams said he did not believe that his emotions would make the most of him on Tuesday night, and expressed that question with a simple one:" No. "Brind & Amour defended his Captain, although he could not defend the high-hit against Krug, who earned one of the two-minute minors.
"Willy scored a small high hit," said Brind # Amour. "That's not characteristic, the others just fight."
On the Plan
San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues, Game 3, 8 pm. ET (Series is 1-1)
After Nathan MacKinnon's departure, this is an undeniable fact: Logan Couture is the most dominant striker left in the playoffs. He now has 13 goals – four more than any other player – and 19 points in 16 games. This could be the postseason that eventually boosts his profile to be mentioned with the elite strikers in the game.
Another snack from game 2? No matter how dominant the shark's offense was in this postseason, it's far too early to offer a discount. Jordan Binnington. He was particularly impressive after losing. St. Louis made some defensive switches that gave them a boost. Do not you help her cause? Special teams. The blues were in the power play 0: 5 (and in the postseason 7: 47) and gave a clean sheet of couture. It was the third shortie in which St. Louis allowed these playoffs, most teams.
Social Post of the Day
– Stormy (@NHLStormy) May 14, 2019
We will leave this here.
"Thank you for coming, Chuck."
Both Tuukka Rask and Charlie McAvoy were asked to leave the podium after the Bruins' victory. The media was very interested in Rask. Not so much for McAvoy, who was asked exactly zero questions.
– Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 15, 2019