Tuukka Rask, Bruins survive early onslaught, take 3-0 series lead

Evan Marinofsky
May 14, 2019 - 11:02 pm

When the Hurricanes couldn't score a single goal after getting 20 shots on net in the first period alone, you just knew the Bruins were going to come out strong in the second period. 

And that they did, en route to a 2-1 win and a 3-0 series lead. 

It didn't take long. Just 1:21 into the second, Joakim Nordstrom found Chris Wagner in front of the net for a tap-in to make it 1-0. 

Just a few minutes later, Nino Niederreiter went to the box for cross checking and once again, the Bruins capitalized on the power play. 

What a move by Brad Marchand. 

Despite PNC Arena being quiet after the Hurricanes went down 2-0, that didn't stop the Hurricanes from getting on the board. Calvin de Haan blasted a shot right through Tuukka Rask's legs to cut the lead to 2-1. 

The Hurricanes did all they could in the offensive zone but ultimately, it was Rask who was up to the challenge. Rask stopped 35 of 36 shots. His night peaked when he stopped all 20 shots from the Hurricanes in the first period. 

Curtis McElhinney, who started in place of Games 1 and 2 starter Petr Mrazek, stopped 29 of 31 Bruins shots. 

Even though Rask played on another level from start to finish, the Hurricanes missed a lot of chances. Teuvo Teravainen missed an open net less than one minute into the game. Andrei Svechnikov tipped a puck wide of an open net. 

Game 4 is Thursday at 8 p.m. at PNC Arena. 

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