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Stanley Cup Playoff takeaways: Hurricanes-Bruins get angry, Wild get back on track

The Carolina Hurricanes pulled a page out of Pittsburgh’s Game 1 playbook by earning a decisive victory while needing to turn to a third-string goaltender midway through a dramatic, team-friendly playoff game. fans.

The Boston Bruins were off to a good start in Game 2 on Wednesday, generating several decent scoring chances on an early power-play opportunity, but the momentum shifted in Carolina’s favor after David Pastrnak carried the starter Hurricanes Antti Raanta.

Pastrnak reached out as he crashed into the Hurricanes net and touched Raanta’s head. Raanta, who made 35 saves and was named the No. 1 star of Game 1, headed to the locker room just 7:47 from the start of the first period and the team announced he would not return.

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The Bruins forward initially received a major elbow which was changed to a minor rough after review.

“I don’t understand how it’s a two-minute minor when our goaltender is out,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said on the broadcast. “It doesn’t seem fair but whatever.”

The game took on a more physical tone after the collision. Harder blows, more frequent blows, and constant scrums after the whistle that grew more intense and lasted until the final bell sounded.

Charlie McAvoy threw a pair of canes with hits on the open ice and Andrei Svechnikov ended Hampus Lindholm’s night with a devastating hit behind the Bruins net.

“You never want to see guys get hurt,” Brind’Amour added after the game. “I also don’t like seeing our goalkeeper being removed. But one was legal, the other wasn’t, if you really want to break it down.

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Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, meanwhile, told reporters he ‘didn’t think there was any intent there at all’ when asked about Pastrnak’s hit. on Raanta.


With Raanta out and Carolina’s number one goaltender Frederik Andersen still recovering from injury, it meant rookie Pyotr Kochetkov was forced into his first Stanley Cup playoff action.

The 22-year-old passed his first post-season test with flying colors in the same way Louis Domingue made headlines for the Penguins the night before – albeit under slightly different circumstances, one being in the middle of a double OT and all.

Kochetkov made four saves in the first period in relief and ended up stopping 26 more pucks over the final two periods as the Hurricanes secured a 5-2 win and a 2-0 series lead.

After splitting the 2021-22 campaign between the KHL’s Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo and the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, the 2019 second-round pick was called up to Carolina in late April with Andersen out.

Kochetkov is yet to lose at the NHL level after going 3-0-0 in the regular season.

He ended up surpassing his counterpart at the other end of the ice as Linus Ullmark allowed four goals in a game for the first time since the start of March. It’s entirely possible the Bruins will turn to Jeremy Swayman in Game 3.

Kochetkov showed he was ready to get in the mud and mix it all up too. He and Brad Marchand got some scathing calls late in the second period, as you can see in the video clip at the top of the page.

“We know how he is. He’s always smiling, he’s always in a good mood,” Sebastian Aho, who scored twice on Wednesday, told ESPN during the second intermission. “He’s a great goalkeeper and he’s been very effective for us.

Also, press Svechnikov for doubling as his team’s translator for Kochetkov who doesn’t speak English. Svechnikov and Kochetkov are the Hurricanes’ only two Russian players.


The optimistic playoff adage that “you’re not in trouble until you lose at home” fails to mention the fact that nearly 87% of NHL teams that are down 0-2 in a series end up losing. The Bruins have a tough climb as the series moves to Boston.

They finally solved Carolina’s league-leading penalty kill when Patrice Bergeron scored his first of two goals. Bergeron was the only Bruin to score on Carolina during the regular season and that goal also came on PP.

However, the Hurricanes once again dominated the special teams.

Boston’s power play was putrid in the streak scoring on just three of their previous 46 attempts with a man advantage heading into Game 2. They were only able to capitalize on one of their five PP chances. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Carolina scored two goals with the advantage of one man when Aho and Nino Niederreiter each picked up their second of the postseason.

Marchand recorded the only assist on Bergeron’s goal in the second period, but the pesky striker has scored just one goal in the past month. He had scored 30 goals by the end of March but ended the season with 32.

Carolina has won all five meetings with Boston by at least three goals, scoring at least five goals in four of them. The current aggregate score between the teams this season is 26-4.


Getting shut out in Game 1 was a red flag for the Minnesota Wild. They weren’t able to take advantage of their scoring chances and a 0 for 6 performance with the man advantage was one of the main reasons for the loss and it was something they aimed to correct for Wednesday.

Minnesota did just that, scoring on two of its three power play chances in a 6-2 win that tied their streak with the St. Louis Blues at 1-1.

The Wild had no shots on goal in Game 2 until Joel Eriksson Ek beat Ville Husso midway through the first period. The Wild’s second shot of the game also went in the net less than four minutes later.

Minnesota was 38-0-1 this season in games in which they held a two-goal lead at all times, so having a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes should have given them a lot of confidence.

The team’s first shot in the second period also resulted in a goal. This time it was a wonderful tight swing from Eriksson Ek.

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Eriksson Ek thought he had recorded the first playoff hat-trick in Wild history, however, he had a third goal disallowed after an offside challenge. Luckily for the many fans who threw their hats unceremoniously onto the ice at the Xcel Energy Center, Kiril Kapri scored his own hat trick shortly after.

It was the first playoff hat trick in Wild franchise history.

Blues forward David Perron had a hat in Game 1. Who scored three times in Game 3 on Friday?