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After a dominating 4-1 win in Game 1, the Bruins seemed satisfied with the way they were performing. Why wouldn’t they be? The Bruins were 5-0 in the playoffs, and 5-0 overall this season against the Hurricanes. Then, like a hurricane (I had to use the analogy), Carolina mowed down the Bruins for three straight wins and a commanding 3-1 series lead.
With the game tied 1-1 entering the third period, the Bruins unraveled and the Canes scored three times to blow the game wide open and win 4-1. Jussi Jokinen scored the game-winner early in the third, and Eric Staal added two goals to push the Bruins to the brink of elimination.
They should’ve known that when Eric Staal scored in the first period, the game was officially over. Including Game 4, the Canes are 7-0 in the playoffs when Staal scores.
Old friend Sergei Samsonov scored the game’s pivotal goal, giving Carolina a 3-1 lead late in the game after a pretty goal. Samsonov moved across the net and snuck the puck by Tim Thomas for the goal.
Tim Thomas was good the first two periods, but had a horrible third period. He finished with 27 saves in 31 chances.
Marc Savard scored the lone goal for the Bruins in the second period.
Simply put, the Bruins are in deep trouble. They desperately need to figure things out by Sunday night (Game 5 in Boston). Luckily for them, two of the next three games are at home. What’s bad is that in order to move on, they have to beat Canes goaltender Cam Ward three straight games, including a potential Game 6 in Carolina.
Good luck B’s, you’re going to need it.