BOSTON — Brad Marchand raced towards the empty internet, and there was nothing Carolina defenseman Tony DeAngelo may do besides throw his stick on the puck. Forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi shattered his throughout the aim in frustration.
It’s the playoffs, and Marchand is at his greatest — scoring, passing and getting beneath his opponent’s pores and skin.
“It’s a time he loves to play, and he shows it,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy stated after Marchand’s two-goal, three-assist sport in Boston’s 5-2 Game 4 victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday tied the first-round playoff collection at 2.
“There’s some chirping going on now, too,” Cassidy stated. “And I think that can elevate his game, as well.”
Patrice Bergeron had a aim and two assists and drew a high-sticking double minor from Sebastian Aho on the finish of the second interval that gave the Bruins a 5-on-3 and left their captain with a black eye and a number of other stitches.
Sixty-eight seconds after the penalty, and 44 seconds into the third interval, Marchand scored to interrupt a 2-2 tie.
Rookie Jeremy Swayman made 23 saves for his second straight win, and David Pastrnak had a aim and an help.
The collection returns to Carolina for Game 5 on Tuesday night time.
“It starts over now. We just regroup,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour stated. “You should have a little emotion right now. It should hurt, and it should bother you and then tomorrow you start fresh.”
And now, the Bruins are assured a Game 6 in Boston on Thursday.
“This is what every kid’s kind of hoping — to get that opportunity playing for that Cup,” Marchand stated. “These are the most fun games to play in, when there’s high emotion, high intensity and the most is on the line. If you can’t play in these games, I don’t know what you’re playing for.”
Jake DeBrusk additionally scored for the Bruins, who scratched high defenseman Charlie McAvoy after he went into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol about an hour earlier than the opening faceoff. No. 2 defenseman Hampus Lindholm has been out since successful to the top in Game 2.
“We’re playing for our season,” Marchand stated. “It’s really tough when you lose guys like that, but here’s a lot of pride in the room, a lot of character We’ve always shown that.”
Brett Pesce and Jordan Staal scored for Carolina, and Antti Raanta returned to cease 23 pictures for the Metropolitan Division champions.
Pesce gave Carolina the lead six minutes into the sport, the fourth straight time the Hurricanes have scored first — the seventh time, in the event you depend their three regular-season wins over Boston.
But Bergeron tied it with 4 minutes to play within the first interval when he slid a unfastened puck by Raanta’s legs. Just 33 seconds into the second interval, Nino Niederreiter backhanded it out to Staal for the one-timer that gave Carolina a 2-1 lead.
In the final 90 seconds of the second interval, Marchand backhanded the puck into Raanta and it wound up within the crease simply sitting there for DeBrusk to scrub up.
Brind’Amour challenged for goalie interference, however the name stood. That gave Boston an influence play, and it grew to become a 5-on-3 when Aho minimize Bergeron’s eye.
Boston nonetheless had 44 seconds on the 5-on-3 and a couple of:58 after that on the double-minor when the third interval began. With one second left within the two-man benefit, Marchand wristed one into the web to offer Boston its first lead of the day.
Pastrnak added an insurance coverage aim 5 minutes later, and Marchand put in an empty-netter.
Raanta left within the first interval of the second sport after a collision with Pastrnak. Pyotr Kochetkov relieved him and picked up the win in Game 2 because the Hurricanes took a 2-0 lead within the collection.
But the Bruins beat Kochetkov 4-2 on Friday night time, and Raanta was again for Game 4.
Marchand’s first aim was so near the top of the 5-on-3 that the officers needed to examine whether or not the primary penalty had expired. At problem was whether or not the Bruins would get the total benefit of the double-minor to Aho (if the aim got here at 43 seconds), or if it might be chopped all the way down to the final 2 minutes (if the aim got here at 44 seconds).
After a evaluate, it was decided to return on the 43-second mark of the interval, which means Boston nonetheless had 2:53 of an influence play. That was erased by a high-sticking name on Matt Grzelcyk about two minutes later.
McAvoy was scratched lower than an hour earlier than the opening faceoff and positioned within the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
“We knew this morning that something might be amiss, found out this morning that he’s going into protocol,” Cassidy stated. “Let’s hope Charlie comes out of it well, first of all, and feels fine and we get him back as soon as possible.”
Josh Brown, who appeared in six video games for the Bruins after becoming a member of them from Ottawa on the commerce deadline, was lively as a substitute.
A 24-year-old Boston University product who was taken within the first spherical of the 2016 draft, McAvoy had career-highs of 10 targets and 46 assists, main all Bruins defensemen in scoring and with a mean of 24 minutes, 39 seconds on the ice per sport.
Lindholm, the crew’s high commerce deadline acquisition, left Game 2 displaying indicators of a concussion and has not returned.
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