Published: Fri, May 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

B's take Game 1; Maxwell's thoughts on C's season

B's take Game 1; Maxwell's thoughts on C's season

And while fans of the Boston Celtics may be in fear that their team won't repeat their playoff success of 2018, Boston Bruins fans are rejoicing following a 3-0 Game 6 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

A second-line of Nino Niederreiter-Jordan Staal-Justin Williams have ridiculously good underlying numbers and should go head-to-head with Boston 1 when the games are in Carolina but should absolutely neutralize and carry the play to the David Krejci line when they're in Boston.

Said Wagner: "I thought we were better in the first then we were in the second to be honest, we were getting chances really early and then we backed off".

"Petr was fine", Brind'Amour said. But the Bruins clicked into their own game when given big opportunities in the third to run away with it. Things likely won't be any easier for the Hurricanes once McAvoy, who has had a stellar postseason, returns for Game 2 on Sunday. And on Monday night alone, Rask shut down four power plays and finished with 39 saves.

Despite the rather lopsided scoreline, the Hurricanes played a strong opening game against Boston and largely dominated the second period.

It was the favored Bruins who took Game 1 with the help of a third period surge.

I know they haven't had the stiffest path to the conference finals - the New York Islanders are not exactly a powerhouse - but they still deserve a lot of credit for consistently tilting the ice the way they have, especially considering they've done so despite playing six games without Andrei Svechnikov and eight without Micheal Ferland.

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Zdeno Chara went to the locker room after suffering an apparent injury when blocking a shot off the stick of Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho in Game 1 of the Conference Finals on Thursday.

After Jake DeBrusk hit a goal post on the other end, Krekci got the rebound off the boards and scored the first goal of the game with a slap shot from the top of the right circle with 7:47 left in the second. He struggled to make it to the bench, and once he got there he was in obvious pain. The Bruins beat the Hurricanes in the first round in 1999, and Carolina defeated Boston in the second round in 2009.

Boston was already without Chara's defence partner, with McAvoy suspended one game for a shoulder to the head of Columbus forward Josh Anderson. "Young team. (Defensemen) get up the ice".

NOTES: Columbus F Markus Hannikainen played in his first career playoff game.

McKegg scored when he shot the puck off Rask's shoulder and then barreled into the goalie as the puck bounced behind him and into the net.

This is the third time these teams have met in the playoffs since the Hurricanes franchise relocated from Hartford before the 1997-98 season.

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