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HOW SWEEP IT IS

May 17, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. — The long three-month drought between New England teams advancing to a championship finally ended on Thursday night.

Behind two Patrice Bergeron tallies and a suffocating defensive effort, there was hardly a storm to weather as the Bruins used another dominant second period to breeze past the Hurricanes 4-0, sweeping away Carolina’s hopes of a comeback in Game 4 and advancing to their first Stanley Cup Final since 2013.

Completing a revenge tour nine-years in the making, after the Hurricanes toppled the Bruins in a stunning seven games in the second round of the 2009-10 season, the Bruins earned vengeance in the best way possible; taking down the Hurricanes to get to the Stanley Cup, where they will face the winner of the Blues-Sharks series.

Zdeno Chara (day-to-day) was a surprising scratch, but even without their captain, the Bruins defense put on a clinic, stagnating a Hurricanes squad that became more listless as the contest wore on.

Unlike Game 3, the Hurricanes looked more like a light drizzle than the raging storm akin to their moniker. Carolina had some chances, including two power plays, but Tuukka Rask stoned their 13 shots.

The Bruins had looks, but didn’t do much with them. Bergeron passed on an open opportunity, then David Pastrnak tried to slide the puck to the opposite side of the crease on a pass instead of attempting a chance on Curtis McElhinney.

The Hurricanes goalie also robbed Brad Marchand on the doorstop with a slick glove save to keep it 0-0.

The end result was a scoreless opening frame.

Special teams burned the Hurricanes again early in the second. On their second power play of the night, the Bruins struck.

While the Hurricanes served a too many men on the ice infraction, Marchand found Pastrnak who tapped in his seventh goal of the postseason to put the B’s up 1-0 just 4:46 into the middle frame.