Tuukka Rask, Bruins survive early onslaught, take 3-0 series lead

By WEEI 93.7

When the Hurricanes couldn't score a single goal after getting 20 shots on net in the first period alone, you just knew the Bruins were going to come out strong in the second period. 

And that they did, en route to a 2-1 win and a 3-0 series lead. 

It didn't take long. Just 1:21 into the second, Joakim Nordstrom found Chris Wagner in front of the net for a tap-in to make it 1-0. 

Great feed by Nordstrom to Wagner in front.1-0 Bruins. pic.twitter.com/BhCfetKLVe

— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 15, 2019

Just a few minutes later, Nino Niederreiter went to the box for cross checking and once again, the Bruins capitalized on the power play. 

What a move by Brad Marchand. 

--GOAL--Marchand and the power play continue to shine!#NHLBruins- 2#TakeWarning- 0 pic.twitter.com/yoHPWCLFjv

— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) May 15, 2019

Despite PNC Arena being quiet after the Hurricanes went down 2-0, that didn't stop the Hurricanes from getting on the board. Calvin de Haan blasted a shot right through Tuukka Rask's legs to cut the lead to 2-1. 

Calvin de Haan scored his first career goal in the #StanleyCup Playoffs to pull the @NHLCanes within one in Game 3.------: https://t.co/lxxfvSkb02 @NBCSN------: https://t.co/X1RVXTCKhl @Sportsnet#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/pXZfuLPlRY

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 15, 2019

The Hurricanes did all they could in the offensive zone but ultimately, it was Rask who was up to the challenge. Rask stopped 35 of 36 shots. His night peaked when he stopped all 20 shots from the Hurricanes in the first period. 

Rask keeping the game scoreless! #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/ISMYWNd0mN

— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) May 15, 2019

Curtis McElhinney, who started in place of Games 1 and 2 starter Petr Mrazek, stopped 29 of 31 Bruins shots. 

Even though Rask played on another level from start to finish, the Hurricanes missed a lot of chances. Teuvo Teravainen missed an open net less than one minute into the game. Andrei Svechnikov tipped a puck wide of an open net. 

#NHLBruins lucked out here pic.twitter.com/IT00Di7iGk

— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) May 15, 2019

Game 4 is Thursday at 8 p.m. at PNC Arena. 

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