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Bruins to Face Hurricanes in Round 2

It took two seven-game series with wild finishes, but the Bruins finally know their opponent in Round 2. They will face the Carolina Hurricanes thanks to the NHL’s re-seeding of the second round series. Had the Rangers beat the Capitals, the Bruins would draw the Rangers instead of the winner of the Canes/Devils series. But, Washington overcame a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Rangers in Game 7, and the Hurricanes knocked off the Devils to advance and will play the B’s.

Carolina’s win in Game 7 was highly improbable. They were down 3-2 with 80 seconds remaining in regulation. Most writers in the arena already had their game stories written with the Devils as the presumed winners, but the Hurricanes forced a lot of editing as they scored two goals in the final 80 seconds against the Devils and the legendary Martin Brodeur.

The Bruins were 4-0 against the Hurricanes during the regular season, winning 4-2, 4-2, 5-1, and 5-1. As you can see, the Bruins should have the edge. If anything, I think the Hurricanes could win a couple games in the series off pure adrenaline and Bruins rust, but the B’s have much more talent,¬†superior goaltending,¬†and were in top form against the Canadiens in the first round.

Series Prediction: Bruins 4, Carolina 1

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