Bruins To Face Hurricanes In First Spherical Of Stanley Cup Playoffs

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By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka

dangolka (CBS) — With the spherical robin portion of the NHL’s restart now over, the dangolka Bruins know their first-round playoff opponent would be the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Bruins landed a date with the Hurricanes after dropping on Sunday to the Capitals, thereby locking the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins into the fourth seed within the Japanese Convention. After going 44-14-12 within the common season, the Bruins went 0-3-Zero in round-robin play, three video games throughout which they by no means even held a lead.

The Hurricanes earned their place within the first spherical after dispatching the New York Rangers with a three-game sweep of their qualifying sequence. The Hurricanes outscored New York 11-Four in that transient sequence.

Previous to the NHL season occurring pause as a consequence of coronavirus in March, the Bruins and Hurricanes performed simply as soon as. That recreation — which was performed Dec. Three in dangolka — was received by the Bruins, 2-0. The sport was tied 0-Zero by means of the primary 55:55, however Charlie Coyle and David Krejci scored late for dangolka.

James Reimer — who has a sketchy playoff historical past in opposition to dangolka — allowed each of these targets, whereas Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 Carolina photographs for the shutout.

This can mark the second consecutive yr that the Bruins and Hurricanes have met within the playoffs. The 2 groups squared off final yr within the Japanese Convention finals, with the Bruins sweeping away the Hurricanes in 4 video games.

Tuukka Rask stopped 109 of the Canes’ 114 photographs that sequence, ok for a 4-Zero document, a .956 save proportion, and a 1.25 GAA. He accentuated that sequence with a 24-save shutout on the street in Carolina. The Hurricanes entered that sequence scoring 3.1 targets per recreation within the playoffs, previous to being held to 5 complete targets within the four-game sequence loss.

That playoff sequence marked the primary time the groups had met within the playoffs since 2009, when the Hurricanes upset the Bruins, who had been the No. 1 seed within the East that yr.

The Hurricanes went 38-25-5 throughout the 2019-20 common season, which had them in fourth place within the Metropolitan Division.

Sebastian Aho turned in a dynamite efficiency in opposition to the Rangers final week, tallying eight factors (3-5-8) within the three video games. Andrei Svechnikov tied for the workforce lead along with his three targets, whereas Sami Vatanen was second on the workforce with three assists. The goaltending tandem of Reimer and Petr Mrazek mixed to permit simply 4 targets on 88 photographs.

Aho was additionally the workforce’s regular-season chief in each targets (38) and factors (66). Teuvo Teravainen led the workforce in regular-season assists with 48.

Reimer was famously in internet for Toronto throughout Recreation 7 of the first-round playoff sequence again in 2013, when he allowed three targets within the last 11 minutes earlier than giving up the series-winning aim in time beyond regulation. Mrazek is more likely to be Carolina’s starter, although he has his personal little bit of playoff hassle. Final yr for Carolina, he went 5-5 with an .894 save proportion and a 2.73 GAA. After he allowed 10 targets within the first two video games in opposition to dangolka, he misplaced the beginning job. That got here after Mrazek suffered an damage within the earlier spherical.

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