BOSTON - The Boston Bruins roared to a big win in Game 2, downing the Carolina Hurricanes, 6-2, thanks to a pair of goals in each period.
Matt Grzelcyk led all scorers with a pair of goals while Danton Heinen, David Backes, Jake DeBrusk and Connor Clifton also registered tallies in the contest. Clifton’s strike was the first of his NHL career.
The win gives Boston a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals and moves them two wins away from a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.
Now the series shifts to Raleigh, N.C. for Games 3 and 4, which will take place on Tuesday and Thursday night, respectively. If a Game 5 is necessary, it will be held in Boston on Saturday evening.
Gm 1: Thursday, 5/9 at 8 pm (Boston)— Tom Leyden (@TomLeyden) May 9, 2019
Gm 2: Sunday, 5/12 at 3 pm (Boston)
Gm 3: Tuesday, 5/14 at 8 pm (Raleigh)
Gm 4: Thursday, 5/16 at 8 pm (Raleigh)
Gm 5: Saturday, 5/18 at 7:15 pm (Boston)
Gm 6: Monday, 5/20 at 8 pm (Raleigh)
Gm 7: Wednesday, 5/22 at 8 pm(Boston)
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5:45 p.m.: Final: Bruins 6, Hurricanes 2
Bruins erupt for six goals to beat Carolina and take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals! 🏒 🏒 🏒 🐻 🐻 🐻 pic.twitter.com/PpPbL4drte— Boston 25 News (@boston25) May 12, 2019
5:43 p.m.: Another Carolina goal makes it 6-2 with 2:28 to go in the contest.
Teuvo Teravainen makes it 6-2 Bruins with 2 minutes to go. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
5:30 p.m.: Carolina gets on the board to make it 6-1 in favor of the Bruins with under 9 minutes remaining.
6-1 now as Carolina gets on the board with under 9 minutes to go in the contest. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
5:20 p.m.: Danton Heinen slips a backhand shot into the net to make it 6-0 Bruins. Boston has scored 10 straight goals in the series.
6-0 now...Danton Heinen converts the feed from Bergeron right out of the box.#StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
5:17 p.m.: Patrice Bergeron takes his second minor penalty of the day, going off for tripping early in the third.
5:15 p.m.: David Backes makes it 5-0 Bruins just 1:10 into the third period.
5-0 now as David Backes shoves home a rebound on the doorstep. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
5:13 p.m.: Third period underway in Boston.
4:53 p.m.: After two periods, the Bruins lead Carolina 4-0.
It's 4-0 #Bruins over #Hurricanes after two periods and Connor Clifton is scoring playoff goals now. So is Matt Grzelcyk... again. Fortunate power play for Boston after Marchand's antics. pic.twitter.com/Jd1zh3Zqel— Tom Leyden (@TomLeyden) May 12, 2019
4:50 p.m.: Grzelcyk backhands home his second goal of the contest, this one on the PP, to make it 4-0 Bruins as the second period nears intermission. Assists come from Charlie Coyle and Torey Krug.
Matt Grzelcyk with his second of the game, backhands a great pass from Charlie Coyle past Mrazek. 4-0 Bruins in the second. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
4:43 p.m.: Bruins kill the penalty and almost immediately go to the man-advantage with Justin Williams committing the infraction.
After killing off the Wagner penalty, Bruins go to man-advantage with Justin Williams going to the box again. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
4:41 p.m.: Chris Wagner called for holding, sending the Hurricanes to the PP.
Wagner goes off for holding with 6:24 to go in the second. Third PP opportunity for Carolina. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
4:24 p.m.: Connor Clifton rips a shot into the open cage after a great feed from Marcus Johansson down low to make it 3-0 Bruins in the opening minutes of the second period.
Connor Clifton makes it 3-0 Boston, slotting home a feed from from Marcus Johansson. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
FIRST NHL GOAL!!!! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/NpYF7nlJo6— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 12, 2019
4:22 p.m.: Bruins kill off the Bergeron minor penalty.
Boston kills the penalty. Carolina 0-for-2 thus far on the man-advantage. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
4:17 p.m.: Carolina goes back to the power play after Patrice Bergeron is whistled for tripping just 1:09 into the second period.
Patrice Bergeron gets an early tripping penalty to open the second. Carolina back to the PP. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
4:15 p.m.: The second period is underway at TD Garden.
3:58 P.M.: The first period ends with the Bruins leading 2-0.
3:57 p.m.: Jake DeBrusk puts home his second rebound opportunity just six seconds into Boston's man-advantage, pushing their lead to 2-0 over Carolina.
Aaaaaand 6 seconds into the PP, Jake DeBrusk makes it 2-0 Bruins. The winger converts his second rebound chance to double the Boston lead with 1:28 to go in the first. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
3:56 p.m.: Justin Williams gets called for tripping and the Bruins go to the power play leading by a goal with 1:34 to go in the first.
Bruins offensive zone pressure draws a Carolina penalty. Boston to the PP with Justin Williams going off. 1:34 remaining in the first and the Bruins lead, 1-0.— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
3:49 p.m.: Bruins take a 1-0 lead on a goal from Matt Grzelcyk. The defenseman slipped a wrist shot through Carolina's Petr Mrazek from the low left side.
The local guy (this one from Charlestown) Matt Grzelcyk makes it 1-0 Bruins. He buries a wrister from the far face-off dot that sneaks past Mrazek. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
3:45 p.m.: Bruins kill off the penalty.
Bruins kill off the Chara minor penalty. Still no score with under six minutes to go in the opening frame.— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
3:42 p.m.: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara goes to the box for tripping, giving Carolina the first power play of the contest. Call came after Chara hauled down Andrei Svechnikov in the defensive zone.
Zdeno Chara goes off for tripping and the Hurricanes will have the first PP of the game. No score thus far in the first. #StanleyCup— David Souza (@dsouza4717) May 12, 2019
3:40 p.m.: Halfway through the first period and neither team has scored or taken a penalty thus far in Game 2. Physicality has picked up, and both teams have had multiple scoring chances that have been stymied by the respective netminders.
3:20 p.m.: Game 2 is underway in Boston.
3:13 p.m.: Bruins announce that Bobby Orr is the team's honorary captain for Game 2.
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