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2019 Déjà vu: Bruins Eliminate Hurricanes

The Boston Bruins, for the second consecutive season, have eliminated the Carolina Hurricanes.

There was a lot of concern surrounding this team going into this round, as their round robin play was disappointing to say the least. The President’s Trophy winners had fallen to the #4 seed, and looked completely out of it. Carolina was also coming off of a 3 game sweep of the New York Rangers in the qualifying round.

Brad Marchand was quick to brush off the Round Robin games, saying:

“Those were preseason games. I mean, let’s call it what it is. They’re exhibition games for the playoffs. And we were in the same position as other teams, and it’s hard to have the same mentality as a playoff series. So we’re not going to base our performance or what it’s going to be against Carolina on that.”

The series wasn’t all smooth sailing, as the Bruins lost David Pastrnak to injury after game 1, and didn’t return until the final game of the series. It appeared as if he injured himself while celebrating Patrice Bergeron’s Double Overtime winning goal.

That wasn’t the only cause for concern, as the morning of game 3, it was announced that Tuukka Rask was opting out of the playoffs, and would be returning home to be with his family. This decision drew a whole bunch of criticism and speculation from the media, as well as the fans on social media.

Jaroslav Halak was ready for the challenge, as he went 3-0, allowing only 5 goals in the three games, and standing tall with a save percentage of .936. Jaro was extremely sharp, making spectacular saves… but allowing a few soft goals, that would be saved 99% of the time.

The Bruins battled through adversity and controversy and rattled off three straight wins after their game 2 loss, and advance to the second round. Their opponent is still TBD, as all of the teams will be reseeded once the opening round concludes.

Bradley’s Three Stars of the Series

  1. David Krejci- 3 Goals, 6 Assists
  2. Patrice Bergeron- 2 Goals, 4 Assists
  3. Jaroslav Halak- 3 Wins, 1.67 GAA, .936 Save%

-Bradley Whitesell (@bradiey98)

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