It was the most infuriating hockey game I’ve ever seen

1ST PERIOD:

Antti Raanta left the game after colliding with David Pastrnak midway through the first. Just a weird play, after a puck was dropped Pastrnak tried to block Raanta’s clearance in the middle and collided with him.

With 6:57 to go in the 1st Jesper Fast opened the scoring for Carolina. Haula and Clifton failed to clear the puck. 1-0 Hurricanes.

A Sebastian Aho redirect gave the Canes a 2-0 lead late in the 1st. Another uncleared puck. Pastrnak made it easy for Slavin to pinch and steal the puck.

2ND PERIOD:

Less than 2 minutes after the start of the 2nd, Sebastian Aho on the PP made it 3-0. The Bruins found themselves down 2 for a late scrum at the end of the 1st, Carlo and Haula in the box. Ref show.

At the end of the 2nd Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins finally shed blood on the PP. (Svechnikov in the box to hold Hall) 3-1. Life.

Another 2 man advantage… Another goal for Carolina. Nino Niederreiter gave the Hurricanes a 4-1 lead with 1:08 left in the second.

3RD PERIOD:

Patrice Bergeron added his 2nd of the game to 3rd. 4-2.

Nino Niederreiter ENG. 5-2 Hurricanes.

FINAL: Carolina 5, Boston 2

News, notes and quotes:

– The only roster changes entering tonight were turnaround partners Hampus Lindholm and Matt Grzlecyk.

– Like I said, a weird interaction between David Pastrnak and Antti Raanta. It looked to me like Pasta tried to block the clearance and got off balance. Not intentional at all. Raanta would not return with an upper body injury. Hurricanes on their third goalie.

– Once again, the Bruins came out with a jump and ended up trailing 2-0 in the first period. Once Raanta left the game, there was no rush to put anything on the rookie keeper’s net. Hockey just infuriating. Huge 4 SOG after goalie change in 1st.

– Bruce Cassidy brought together Marchand Bergeron and Pastrnak in the middle of the 2nd. Looking for any type of offense whatsoever. Bergeron pocketed two, we’ll see if this trio stays together in Boston.

– Nino Niederreiter and Sebastian Aho have been exceptional throughout the series for Carolina. All over the ice. Aho was as advertised.

-The PP finally looked better tonight, Bergeron broke through in 2nd. I would have liked a different end to the game, but hopefully it’s a sign of better things to come.

– Hampus Lindholm took a massive blow from Andrei Svechnikov late in the 2nd and wouldn’t come back. Was staggering to get up. Clean shot, just shaken, Lindholm didn’t see it coming at all. Didn’t come back. Tough loss for Boston.

Possibly the worst update you can get. Early to say, but I can’t imagine he’s back in this series until it’s over on the face of it. Mike Reilly will likely be alongside Charlie McAvoy.

– Marchand has to be smarter here, I have to eat the slash.

– Easy to blame the umpires, and god was it a umpire show (Caroline had THREE 5s of 3), but like Game 1, it was just the unruly Bruins. I can’t give this good team this man opportunities. I can not do it. Kudos to Carolina for making the B’s pay.

– Difficult evening for David Pastrnak, first Raanta’s game which wiped out the B’s PP then was soft along the boards allowing Slavin to pinch leading to a goal. He looked a bit better as the game progressed, but he needed better from him in Game 3.

– The Bruins had no response to Carolina’s speed.

– Just not a very good game for Derek Forbort, wouldn’t be surprised to see Josh Brown in Game 3. Trent Frederic took an unruly penalty and was then benched, another contender to sit out on Friday night.

– The Bruins have been outclassed by Carolina now 26-4 in 5 games this season.

– Linus Ullmark made his second consecutive start of the playoffs. Another 2 goals in advance which were not his fault. B allowed Carolina to sit in front of him. I think you’ll bring Swayman home in a must-have match 3 game. Hope he gets a lift playing at home.

Not over until you lose at home. Again, we’ll see how the B’s respond on Friday night. What a frustrating night.

Catherine J. Martinez