The Boston Bruins were certainly missing G Tuukka Rask early on in Game 4, who opted out less than two hours prior to Game 3 over the weekend. Going into the third period the B’s were trailing the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 and it seemed like the series would be tied going into Game 5.
But then the Bruins completed the best comeback of the season, considering the circumstances.
The offense came to life and they scored four goals in the final 20 minutes to secure the Game 4 victory and take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Jake DeBrusk scored the first and fourth Bruins goals in the third period and two goals were scored by Connor Clifton and Brad Marchand to secure the win.
Dominance is the only word that could be used for the Bruins onslaught of Canes goalie James Reimer in the final period. In the first 15 minutes of the third period, the Carolina Hurricanes had zero shots on goal while Boston had 15. Carolina would finish the third with a total of two shots on goal and one was successful.
That doesn’t mean that there isn’t an area of improvement looking forward to Game 5. Goalie Jaroslav Halak did not look good the entire game, as all three goals he gave up could have been saved and it looked like Halak flat out whiffed on them.
This was a very uplifting win for a Boston Bruins team that has been without their two most important players for the last two games. Rask opted out before Game 3 and David Pastrnak has yet to suit up since he injured his side while celebrating Patrice Bergeron‘s 2OT goal in Game 1.
Instead of the series being tied, Boston is one win away from advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Game 5 will be on Wednesday afternoon at 4 ET.
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