Bruins, Tuukka Rask shut door on Hurricanes to reach Stanley Cup final

Paola Ditto
Mag 18, 2019

The Hurricanes dropped Game 4 to the Bruins at home on Thursday night, giving Boston the sweep and a ticket to the Stanley Cup Final.

Waddell was GM of the Atlanta Thrashers from 1998-2010, and after three seasons as a scout for the Penguins, was hired as president of the Hurricanes on July 1, 2014. I guess you'll have to read on to find out. During the playoffs, Boston is 2nd in scoring, putting up 3.31 gpg, while also ranking 1st in goals allowed at 2.06, 1st in power play conversions at 31.9% and 4th in penalty kill at 85.7%.

The Bruins won this one without captain Zdeno Chara, who was scratched with an unspecified injury and is day to day, ending a run of 98 consecutive playoff games for the hulking 42-year-old veteran that dated to 2011. They lost that year, but Boston has the look of a team that could win it all this year. The Bruins have gone 25-23 on the road and they have averaged 2.90 gpg and have allowed 2.60 gpg in those games. They were second in the Atlantic division during the regular season.

The Carolina Hurricanes surprised many in the 2nd half of the season and they came into this series having won their last six games in a row, but they just can't seem to figure out the Bruins. Carolina has scored just five goals in this series so far and that will not get it done, especially against Boston, who has been one of the best scoring teams in the postseason so far. For that game, he was required due to a one-game suspension ruling out Charlie McAvoy. Coyle is tied for first on the team in the playoffs with six goals and tied for third with 12 points in 16 games; Johansson has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 14 games, including the game-winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the first round.

He oversaw one of the busier offseasons, with Carolina adding defenseman Dougie Hamilton, forwards Micheal Ferland, Jordan Martinook and rookie Andrei Svechnikov, and goalies Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney. It's a pretty unfortunate one for the player, given he netted the opening goal in Game 3 and along with his fellow fourth-liners, really gave the Hurricanes a lot of hassle.

From 1969-1979, teams that swept the penultimate round had a 3-3 record in the final, including a 1972 meeting between Boston and the New York Rangers, who both swept their way to the last round. After missing the playoffs in 2015-16, his first season, the Bruins have gone deeper into the postseason each season.

However when the team got to the Eastern Conference Finals they hit a brick wall and have not managed to secure a win.

The Bruins are 8-0 in their last 8 Conference Finals games, 5-1 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite and 23-7 in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest. And since the National Hockey League went to a best-of-seven format for the entire playoffs in 1987, seven conference final sweeps have occurred, and those series victors went on to post a 3-4 record in the final.

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