BOSTON — Brad Marchand scored one purpose and assisted on one other, and Jeremy Swayman stopped 23 pictures to steer the Boston Bruins previous the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Thursday night time and ship their first-round playoff collection to a decisive seventh recreation.
The house group has gained all six video games within the collection thus far — an edge for Carolina, which can host Recreation 7 on Saturday. The winner will play both the Penguins or Rangers within the Jap Convention semifinals; Pittsburgh leads that collection 3-2 heading into Recreation 6 on Friday night time.
Two days after shedding 5-1 at Carolina — their third blowout loss on the street — the Bruins returned to the TD Backyard for what may very well be the final dwelling recreation for future Corridor of Famer Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins captain has declined to speak about his future throughout the season.
Andrei Svechnikov scored twice and Antti Raanta made 29 saves for the Hurricanes, who’ve gained three video games by a mixed rating of 15-4 and misplaced three by a complete of 14-6.
Charlie Coyle additionally scored for Boston, and Erik Haula and Derek Forbort added third-period objectives earlier than Curtis Lazar backhanded the puck into the empty internet with 4:17 to play.
Marchand broke a scoreless tie 46 seconds into the second interval, taking an extended cross-ice cross from Connor Clifton and skating to the fitting circle earlier than wristing it over Raanta’s glove.
Coyle gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead within the final two minutes of the interval, poking within the trickling rebound of David Pastrnak’s one-timer. Svechnikov made it a one-goal recreation early within the third earlier than Haula and Forbort gave Boston again its cushion.
Svechnikov’s second purpose got here with 2:30 left throughout an influence play for a double minor to Marchand for spearing.