Boston Bruins: Powerplay Sees Us Through To The Second Round

Boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron #37 (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron #37 (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The Boston Bruins have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 win in game 5 versus the Carolina Hurricanes.

It was the power-play that ensured this victory for the Boston Bruins, with David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron both netting on the man-advantage after the team went behind in the first period.

David Pastrnak was back on the ice after his injury woes and played a role in both goals, notching primary assists on both goals.

The first line was back to it’s usual 20 minutes of ice-time this game, what with the reunion of Brad Marchand and Bergeron with Pastrnak. Also, as has been the case consistently in these playoffs, Charlie McAvoy logged almost 5 more minutes than any other Boston Bruins player.

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Despite conceding in the middle of the first period, Jaroslav Halak held on and reset himself in the second, ensuring the team weren’t too worried about goals against.

This whole series it seems has balanced on the success of the Boston Bruins’ power play. The slightly over-exuberant youthfulness of the Carolina Hurricanes played against them, allowing us multiple chances on the man-advantage.

We were able to take advantage and score 5 times all-up across the series, despite lacking one of our key power-play pieces for three of those games.

Moving forward to a likely match-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning (though other series results could change that), we need to ensure the power play remains hot but also focus on Game 4 and the fact that on that occasion, we netted all of our 4 goals at five-on-five.

This series ultimately is marked down as a success, though it could quite easily have swung the other way. The Carolina Hurricanes suffered a key injury to one of their top performers in Andrei Svechnikov and seemed a little lackluster from that point on.

The Boston Bruins meanwhile demonstrated their slightly more veteran edge, they didn’t concede too many foolish penalties and when they did, the penalty-kill was sharp. The second and third lines picked up their games and ultimately proved a little too much for a slightly less-experienced Canes team.

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Anyhow, 4 down, 12 to go. Let’s go Bruins!