The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes face each other in the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which got underway on Monday night. The Bruins finished the season as the first wild card into the postseason from the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes finish behind the Florida Panthers for the top overall seed in the conference, instead finishing as the 1B seed and getting Boston in the opening round.
Here we’re going to be recapping and providing the results for the entire series.
Hurricanes win series 4-3
Game 1: Hurricanes 5, Bruins 1
Recap — The Bruins got throttled in the series opener, losing to the Hurricanes 5-1 on Monday night. Carolina scored each of its goals at even strength, getting contributions from five different players. Forwards Vincent Trocheck and Seth Jarvis each had two points, and goalie Antti Raanta stood on his head for 35 saves in the victory. It appears Raanta will be just fine in net, the same may not be said about Linus Ullmark, who allowed four goals on 24 shots for Boston.
Game 2: Hurricanes 5, Bruins 2
Recap — Despite losing goalie Antti Raanta to injury in the first period, the Hurricanes were able to ease past the Bruins in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead. Pyotr Kochetkov entered the game in place of Raanta and made 29 saves on 31 shots. The ‘Canes are down to their third-string goalie if Raanta ends up missing time. Frederik Andersen remained out for Game 2. Patrice Bergeron had two goals for the Bruins. Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter each scored two goals.
Game 3: Bruins 4, Hurricanes 2
Recap — The Bruins got into the winning column in the series over the weekend with a 4-2 victory in Game 3 on Friday. Brad Marchand had three points in the win for Boston while Jeremy Swayman made 25 saves. The Hurricanes were forced to turn to third-string goalie Pyotr Kochetkov after Antti Raanta was injured in Game 2. Kochetkov allowed four goals on 28 shots in the loss.
Game 4: Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2
Recap — Marchand did it again. The top line for the Bruins went nuclear in Game 4 to even the series 2-2. Marchand had five points (two goals, three assists). Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak combined for two goals and three assists, a total of 10 points between the trio. The Canes got Raanta back in net but it didn’t do much. He allowed four goals on 27 shots while Jeremy Swayman was solid for Boston for a second straight game.
Game 5: Hurricanes 5, Bruins 1
Recap — The ‘Canes picked up a win in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead after falling in back-to-back games. Seth Jarvis had two goals, Teuvo Teravainen and Vincent Trocheck each had three points, and goalie Antti Raanta made 33 saves. The B’s lone goal came from Connor Clifton. Carolina was able to completely shut down the top line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand.
Game 6: Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2
Recap — The best two words in sports will come to Raleigh, as Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle both notched a score and a helper to force the series back to North Carolina. Marchand’s 49th NHL playoff goal tied him with Patrice Bergeron for second in Bruins history, and Jeremy Swayman stopped 23 of 25 shots in the victory.
Game 7: Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2
Recap — Carolina will advance to the second round for the second straight season after defeating the Bruins in Game 7 on Saturday afternoon. Max Domi had two goals and an assist while Teuvo Teravainen had two points for the Hurricanes, who await the winner of the Penguins-Rangers series. Game 7 of that series is on Sunday night.