Brad Marchand scores twice, Bruins beat Canes to equalize the series

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Brad Marchand scored two goals and three assists, including the tiebreaker at the start of the third period, and the Boston Bruins hit the Carolina hurricanes 5-2 on Sunday to equalize their first round playoff series two games each.

Boston was playing without its two best defenders after Charlie McAvoy was a last-minute scratch and joined Hampus Lindholm on the sidelines, but the Bruins bounced back twice for their second consecutive playoff win.

Patrice Bergeron had one goal and two assists, and David Pastrnak had one each for the Bruins. Novice Jeremy Swayman made 23 saves.

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Boston Bruins ‘Nick Foligno, front, clashes with Carolina Hurricanes’ Ian Cole, back, in the opening period of Game 4 of a series of playoffs of the first round of the Stanley Cup NHL hockey on Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Boston.
(AP Photo / Steven Senne)

Brett Pesce and Jordan Staal scored for Carolina and Antti Raanta returned to stop 23 shots for the Metropolitan Division samples

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series will be held in Carolina on Tuesday night and Game 6 will be in Boston on Thursday.

Pesce gave Carolina the lead six minutes into the game, the fourth consecutive time the Hurricanes have scored first – seventh, if you count their three regular-season wins over Boston. But Bergeron equalized with four minutes left in the first period when he slid a loose puck through Raanta’s legs.

With just 33 seconds into the second period, Nino Niederreiter gave Staal a backhand for the one-time that put Carolina in the 2-1 lead.

In the final 90 seconds of the second period, with Boston in power play, Marchand backhand on Raanta, who ended up in the crease simply sitting there for Jake DeBrusk to clean up.

Hurricane coach Rod Brind’Amour contested the goalkeeper’s interference, but the call remained. This gave Boston another play of power, and it became a 5 on 3 when Sebastian Aho received a double minor for Bergeron sticking to the slot.

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Boston still had 44 seconds on 5v3 and 2:58 after the one on the double minor when the third period began. With a second left behind to two, Marchand put his wrist in the net to give Boston its first lead of the day.

Pastrnak added an insurance goal five minutes later and Marchand scored on an empty net.

RAANTA COME BACK

Raanta left in the first bout of the second game after a collision with Pastrnak. Pyotr Kochetkov relieved him and took Game 2 victory when the Hurricanes took a 2-0 lead in the series.

But the Bruins beat Kochetkov 4-2 on Friday night and Raanta returned for Game 4.

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Marchand’s first goal was so close to the end of the 5v3 that the referees had to check if the first penalty had expired. The question was whether the Bruins would get the full advantage of Aho’s brace (if the goal had gone to 43 seconds), or if they would have been reduced to the last 2 minutes (if the goal had come to 44 seconds).

After a review, it was decided to hit the 43-second mark of the period, meaning Boston still had 2:53 of power play. This was canceled by a high-sticking call on Matt Grzelcyk about two minutes later.

SCRATCHED

McAvoy was scratched less than an hour before the opening match and put into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Josh Brown, who appeared in six games with the Bruins after joining them from Ottawa when the exchange expired, was instead active.

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A 24-year-old Boston University product who was taken in the first round of the 2016 draft, McAvoy scored 10 goals and 46 assists, leading all Bruins defenders in scoring and averaging 24 minutes 39 seconds. ice per game.

Lindholm, the team’s highest-deadline takeover, left Game 2 showing signs of a concussion and has not returned.