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The team that crushed the Montreal Canadiens has come back to play at last against the Hurricanes. The Bruins shutout the Carolina Hurricanes in convincing fashion with a 4-0 victory. The Bruins started out the game with strong play on both ends of the rink. They took care of the puck with great skating and controlled the pace of the game with a strong forecheck.
Mark Recchi started the scoring for the Bruins 16 minutes into the first period, off a deflection from a shot by Zdeno Chara. Four minutes later, Phil Kessel found the back of the net for the first time this series, taking an awesome pass from Marc Savard. Kessel made quick shot with the net open as Savard lured Cam Ward towards him. Milan Lucic made some big hits and physical play to keep the crowd fired up and held the momentum for the Bruins.
Phil Kessel made his second goal of the game four minutes into the second period taking another great pass from Savard, making it 3-0 Bruins. The Bruins controlled the play in the second. In the closing minute of the second period, there was a scare for the Bruins as Chara went down on the ice for several seconds in clear pain in the ankle area. Chara was able to skate off the ice and head to the locker room.
In the third, Chara returned and looked to be okay. Lucic added the finishing touch for the Bruins with with a goal a little over 12 minutes into the third. The Hurricanes mounted some offensive pressure towards the end of the game, but Tim Thomas protected the net. The play towards the end of the game was similar to how the Montreal games ended, with fighting and punches being throw from both sides every few minutes. The Bruins ended up on the winning side the fighting, closing out the game on the power play. The Bruins outshot the Hurricanes 40 to 19, a total role-reversal from Game 4.
Thomas’s goal-tending for the Bruins was much improved, with smart plays and a big stick save in the second period. Thomas had 19 saves and earned his first career playoff shutout.
The Hurricanes lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is set for Tuesday at 6PM in Carolina.