• STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: Bruins rally in third, take 1-0 series lead over Carolina

    By: David Souza

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    BOSTON - The Boston Bruins struck for four goals in the third period to down the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The win gives the Bruins a 1-0 series lead and moves them three wins away from the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at TD Garden, where the Bruins will see the return of defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who was suspended for Game 1. 

    Related: Bruins ready to play Game 1 of Conference Finals without Charlie McAvoy

    Game One took place Thursday night in Boston. After the series shifts to North Carolina, games will be played every other night until it concludes. 


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    LIVE UPDATES:

    10:45 p.m.: Final: Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2

    10:42 p.m.: Ten seconds later Chris Wagner makes it 5-2 Bruins as he converts an empty netter.

    10:41 p.m.: Charlie Coyle credited with the empty-net goal after it deflects off of him and into the vacant cage to make it 4-2 Bruins.

    10:40 p.m.: Hurricanes have pulled their goalie for the extra attacker with 2:37 to go in the third.

    10:36 p.m.: With five minutes remaining in the third period, the Bruins hold a narrow lead over the Hurricanes, 3-2.

    10:20 p.m.: Hurricanes kill off the minor penalty.

    10:18 p.m.: Dougie Hamilton takes his second penalty of the third period, giving the Bruins yet another man-advantage. 

    10:12 p.m.: Moments after the penalty, Patrice Bergeron wrists a shot past Mrazek from the slot, giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead with under 17 minutes to go in the third. Tic-tac-toe passing from DeBrusk to Marchand to Bergeron leads to the tally. 

    10:11 p.m.: Bruins back to the power play after an odd sequence of events leads to a Dougie Hamilton roughing call.

    10:09 p.m.: Marcus Johansson converts on the doorstep, tying the score at 2-2. The winger collected a rebound from Mrazek in front of the goalmouth and roofed it for the equalizer. 

    10:07 p.m.: Bruins with a great chance early as Jordan Staal heads to the box for boarding Chris Wagner. 

    10:05 p.m.: Third period underway in Boston.

    9:48 p.m.: At the end of two periods, the Hurricanes lead the Bruins, 2-1. 

    9:42 p.m.: After some sustained offensive zone pressure, the Bruins head to the power play with David Krejci drawing an interference call. 

    9:30 p.m.: Greg McKegg strikes with 10:42 left in the second to give Carolina a 2-1 lead. 

    9:15 p.m.: Carolina to their third power play of the game with Sean Kuraly going off for high sticking. 

    9:10 p.m.: The second period is underway with Zdeno Chara back on the Boston bench after taking a shot off his foot in the first. 

    8:50 p.m.: At the end of the first period, the Hurricanes and Bruins are tied, 1-1. 

    8:45 p.m.: Boston cannot convert as the Hurricanes return to full strength. 

    8:42 p.m.: The Bruins kill off the penalty and end up on the power play after a slash by Nino Niederreiter. Zdeno Chara goes down the tunnel after blocking a shot with his foot.

    8:40 p.m.: Bruins back to the penalty kill after Charlie Coyle takes a hooking infraction with 5:23 to go in the first.

    8:20 p.m.: Three seconds into the man-advantage, Sebastian Aho makes it 1-1, deflecting home a shot on the doorstep of the Bruins goal. 

    8:20 p.m.: Sean Kuraly takes a roughing penalty, giving Carolina their first power play of the series.

    8:15 p.m.: After hemming the Hurricanes in their zone often in the first few minutes, the Bruins cash in to take a 1-0 lead off a goal from Steven Kampfer, making just his second appearance for the Bruins this postseason.

    8:10 p.m.: We're underway in the Eastern Conference Finals.

    8:00 p.m.: Bruins announce their starters for Game One.

    7: 45 p.m.: The Bruins lines for the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals look as such:

    F: Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

    DeBrusk-Krejci-Backes

    Heinen-Coyle-Johansson

    Nordstrom-Kuraly-Wagner

    D: Chara-Clifton

    Krug-Carlo

    Grzelcyk-Kampfer

    G: Rask

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