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The Bruins won their fifth straight playoff game, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 in Game 1 of their second-round series. The B’s have won each game of the 2009 NHL Playoffs by at least two goals (thanks to a couple empty-netters against Montreal) and seem poised to coast to the Eastern Conference Finals. First, they have to take care of business against the Hurricanes.
Marc Savard scored in the second period and third period and Michael Ryder scored a goal for the fourth straight game, as the Bruins won their fifth game this season against the Hurricanes. Including Game 1, the B’s have outscored the Canes by a 22-7 margin in the 2008-09 campaign.
Savard’s goal in the third period was beautifully set up by Phil Kessel. Kessel grabbed the loose puck and soared toward the net. He dropped the puck back behind him as he approached the goal, and Savard timed his shot perfectly to nail down his second goal and create an insurmountable 4-1 margin.
Tim Thomas finished with 26 saves against 27 shots. He’s now 5-0 in the postseason and hasn’t needed a rest thus far. If the Bruins take a commanding 3-0 lead, Claude Julien may spell Thomas with Manny Fernandez, but time will tell.
Game 2 is set for Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.