Dougie Hamilton, Hurricanes get monkey off back, even series vs. Bruins

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By WEEI 93.7

Prior to Thursday night's Game 2, Dougie Hamilton had generally had a tough go of it against his former team in the playoffs. In five games dating back to last year's Eastern Conference finals, he had zero points and a minus-3 rating, and the Hurricanes were 0-5 against the Bruins.

On Thursday, though, Hamilton stepped up in a big way and helped Carolina get the Boston monkey off its back and even this best-of-seven first-round series at one game apiece.

With the game tied 2-2 and under 12 minutes to go in the third period, Hamilton stepped into a one-timer and blasted an absolute rocket past Tuukka Rask's glove and into the top corner. The Bruins put the pressure on down the stretch, but couldn't find the equalizer as Carolina hung on for the 3-2 win.

Dougie Hamilton does not like water bottles... #StanleyCup----: https://t.co/g97DXJTXZx @NHLonNBCSports----: https://t.co/CXGheHmoZp @Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/5joNgC8xV5

— NHL (@NHL) August 14, 2020

Whether it was the quick turnaround from a double-overtime Game 1 or the lineup changes for both teams or something else, both sides got off to a sluggish start for the first 10-12 minutes of the game. Apparently what the Bruins needed was some special teams play.

First, a couple big saves from Tuukka Rask on the penalty kill, including two on former teammate Dougie Hamilton, seemed to lift the Bruins up a bit. Then Ondrej Kase drew a penalty and the Bruins finally scored on the power play after entering the game 0-for-13 since the restart.

With Pastrnak out, David Krejci moved up to the top unit, and he ended up scoring the goal on a patient play in the high slot as he took advantage of a stickless Jordan Staal and a nice screen from both Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk to wrist a shot past James Reimer.

The #NHLBruins get the power play going early. --@NHLBruins | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/AEhJeohXFX

— #StanleyCup Playoffs on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 14, 2020

There was more uneventful five-on-five play for much of the middle period, but then the Hurricanes started to string together some strong offensive zone shift as the period went on, and eventually drew a questionable elbowing call against Chris Wagner.

The Hurricanes took advantage on this power play, with Andrei Svechnikov setting up Teuvo Teravainen in the slot to tie the game at one. They kept momentum on their side and took the lead just 1:28 later, this time with Svechnikov doing the finishing after a nice pass from Martin Necas.

It seemed like the Bruins would be lucky to just get to the second intermission still down by one, but then Teravainen knocked down Torey Krug away from the play and gave Boston a late power play.

The Bruins' top power-play unit once again rose to the occasion, tying the game with just five seconds left in the period. Bergeron threw a pass to the front looking for a Brad Marchand redirect and while the first chance hit the post, Marchand quickly collected the rebound and flipped it in.

Brad Marchand with the EQUALIZER with 3.8 to play in the 2nd. @NHLBruins | #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/ke20alL9WS

— #StanleyCup Playoffs on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 14, 2020

The Bruins power play got another chance early in the third with the game tied 2-2 when Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour lost another challenge after a possible Hurricanes goal was waved off due to a pretty obvious goalie interference. But the power play couldn't capitalize this time, and then Hamilton scored a few minutes later.

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