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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Pick & Prediction MAY 12TH 2022

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The Carolina Hurricanes are on the cusp of advancing past the Boston Bruins in their first-round series after cruising to a 5-1 home win in Game 5 on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes have a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 on Thursday.

"When we score a goal, I get excited, I wish I was playing. You can't beat the feeling when we pump one in and the crowd goes crazy," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said of the electric home atmosphere. "It's very special."

If Carolina wants to leave nothing to chance in a winner-take-all Game 7 back in Raleigh, N.C., it will have to pull a win out of Boston for the first time in the series.

Entering Game 6 at Boston, the home team has won the first five games.

"Most teams feed off their home crowd, especially at playoff time," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "(Carolina is) still a younger group so sometimes that affects you even more. I think they're good no matter where they play.

"They came into our building earlier this year and showed that. ... We did the same thing in Boston. We feed off our crowd a lot."

Carolina is coming off of a complete effort Tuesday, building a 3-0 lead and adding a pair of third-period goals. That leaves Brind'Amour feeling confident heading back to the road.

"It's a pretty solid game," Brind'Amour said. "... At this time of the year, you have no chance if you don't have 20 guys dialed in because every shift and every aspect of the game can be the difference. Everyone was good."

Twenty-year-old center Seth Jarvis scored twice, while defenseman Tony DeAngelo (one goal, two assists) was one of three players with three points.

Carolina was 2-for-5 on the power play, doubling its goal total with an extra man from the first four games.

"All four lines, all 60 minutes, and (Antti) Raanta was fantastic too," DeAngelo said. "Whoever wins the special-teams battle is going to win the game and that's the way it's going."

Cassidy thought his team started well in Raleigh. While defenseman Charlie McAvoy (COVID protocol) returned after missing Game 4, the Bruins will need more from some key players in order to produce back-to-back wins.

David Pastrnak hasn't been on the scoresheet in any of the three road games in the series, while Erik Haula has been held without a goal through all five games.

"I thought we were the better team for the first six or seven minutes, then (Jaccob Slavin's first-period goal) went in and gave them a lot of juice," Cassidy said.

"That part was good, but not enough up and down our lineup. ... We need to find a way to get some guys going. That's on me, but it's also the time of the year where that inner drive comes through."

On Tuesday, defenseman Connor Clifton scored Boston's lone goal in the third period.

Jeremy Swayman is expected to make his fourth consecutive start in Boston's net. Cassidy also "anticipates" the return of defenseman Hampus Lindholm (upper body) from his Game 2 injury.

After the Canes dominated the regular-season series, the Bruins knew their opponent would be ready to play again. Now, it's do-or-die.

"We know they're going to push. They're a good team. You can see they're very hungry right now," Boston's Brad Marchand said. "But we just have to give it everything we have (on Thursday) and hope there's a tomorrow."

--Field Level Media

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored on power plays late in the second period to lift the Boston Bruins to a series-clinching 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference's first round Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped 23 shots to improve to 3-0 since taking over for departed teammate Tuukka Rask.

The outcome means the Bruins move to next week's semifinals, avoiding a quick turnaround for a Game 6 on Thursday that is no longer necessary.

Boston eliminated the Hurricanes for the second season a row, with last year's accomplishment coming with a sweep in the Eastern Conference finals. This time, four of the games were decided by one goal and other had a two-goal spread because of an empty-net goal.

Krejci and Bergeron also each posted an assist.

Haydn Fleury scored in the first period for the Hurricanes, who generated only a few chances and had six shots in the third period.

Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek made 25 saves.

Krejci's tying goal came with 4:40 showing on the second-period clock. He was left alone to collect the puck that skipped off teammate David Pastrnak's skate.

Boston went up 2-1 with 3.5 seconds to play in the second period. Bergeron, from a difficult angle to the side of the net, slapped the puck off Mrazek and across the goal line.

The Hurricanes scored first for the third game of the series on Fleury's blast that went above Halak and into the net. Fleury registered his first career playoff goal in the series opener.

The Bruins had Pastrnak, a right winger who co-led the NHL with 48 regular-season goals, back in the lineup. He hadn't played since Game 1 because of an injury, and he was open for a shot that was thwarted by Mrazek in the first period with the Bruins trailing 1-0.

With the same score, Mrazek denied Pastrnak, who came out of the penalty box, on a second-period breakaway.

Carolina had captain Jordan Staal, a center, in the lineup after concerns about his status because he exited late in Monday night's Game 4 after taking an upper-body check.

The start of the game was delayed about 25 minutes because of the earlier Tampa Bay-Columbus game that went into overtime. That was mild compared to last week when Game 1 of the Carolina-Boston series was postponed for a day when Tampa Bay and Columbus played into a fifth overtime.

--Field Level Media

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