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In my opinion, the only chance any team has of beating the Boston Bruins in a playoff series is to have a white-hot goaltender. It looks as if the Hurricanes will ride on the coat tails of Cam Ward, who stopped 36 shots against the Bruins Sunday night for his second shutout in the last four games. (Yes, I’m aware the B’s scored four times on him Friday night).
Joe Corvo struck first with a goal early in the second period. With the Bruins on the power play five minutes later and pushing to tie it, Matt Cullen stole an errant pass from Zdeno Chara and scored a crucial shorthanded goal to give the Canes a 2-0 lead. Eric Staal added an empty-netter in the third for a 3-0 win.
Ward was dominant with those 36 saves, and got better as the night went on. With the Bruins needing two goals for a tie in the third period, Ward faced an onslaught shot attempts, but turned away all of them, finishing with 16 saves in the third period.
“We played really good in the third period,” said Boston captain Zdeno Chara. “We were really desperate to score a goal.”
The 2-0 deficit the Bruins faced after the second period was the first time during the playoffs in which they trailed entering a period.
Tim Thomas finished with 22 saves against 24 shots and didn’t play poorly except for during the second period, when he allowed two goals and nearly let by another one. The loss broke his personal 11-game winning streak (the last six of the regular season, and the first five of the playoffs). It was also Carolina’ first win against the Bruins this season (now 1-5 overall).
Game 3 is Wednesday night in Carolina.