Hurricanes vs Bruins: TORONTO — After being told to return back the subsequent morning because another game lasted five overtimes, the Boston Bruins didn’t want to repeat history so quickly.
“We talked about trying to finish this before the fifth overtime,” Patrice Bergeron said.
Bergeron accomplished that by scoring early in double overtime, and therefore the Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 Wednesday in Game 1 of their first-round series that was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start.
The game scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday night began the subsequent morning at 11 after the Columbus Blue Jackets-Tampa Bay Lightning series opener became the fourth-longest game in NHL history. Playing all Eastern Conference games at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena had this potential for games going long messing with the schedule.
“We knew it had been an opportunity,” said Bergeron, whose four playoff OT goals are the second-most behind Patrick Kane among active players. “You didn’t expect five overtimes, but that being said, we knew it’s a part of having a tournament like this in one rink and be ready for the unexpected.”
Hurricanes-Bruins Game 1 wasn’t quite an equivalent marathon with Bergeron scoring 1:13 into the second extra period. But it had many theaters from Carolina’s surprise scratches to a controversial goal and video review.
Much has changed since these teams met within the 2019 Eastern Conference final, but Boston continued its dominance quite a year after sweeping Carolina. The Bruins showed quick recovery from losing all three of their round-robin seeding games and handed the Hurricanes their first loss since hockey returned.
“As a gaggle, we didn’t love our effort. and that we didn’t do a number of the items we’re known for and what makes us an excellent team,” Carolina captain Jordan Staal said. “I thought there were some shifts here and there. They played an honest game. we’ve to be better, obviously, if we would like to beat the simplest .”
Joel Edmundson, who wasn’t with the Hurricanes last year and joined them during a trade from the St. Louis Blues after winning the Stanley Cup, scored the primary goal of the sport, and fellow defenseman Haydn Fleury tied it at 3 within the third after David Krejci put the Bruins ahead.
Fleury would’ve been out of the lineup if not for the surprise scratch of Sami Vatanen, who alongside winger Justin Williams was a game-time decision consistent with coach Rod Brind’Amour.
“We adjusted,” Brind’Amour said. “Hopefully they’ll be ready to go (in Game 2 Thursday).
After Boston’s fearsome first line of Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak registered its first goal within the team’s fourth game of the NHL restart late within the playing period, Charlie Coyle gave the Bruins the lead 4:38 into the second. Goaltender Petr Mrazek was livid, and Brind’Amour challenged for what the Hurricanes thought was a missed hand travel by Boston’s Brett Ritchie.
Officials and therefore the NHL’s situation room ruled that Mrazek trying to hide the puck negated the hand pass. On the ice, no whistle was blown for Mrazek freezing the play, so Coyle poking it out and scoring was allowed, and Carolina was penalized for the failed challenge.
“That call was — I mean to urge the penalty — I still can’t figure it out,” Brind’Amour said.
Later, after the postgame Zoom conference, Brind’Amour called local beat writers.
“This is why the league’s a joke, in my opinion, on this stuff,” Brind’Amour told The News & Observer. “That one may be a crime scene.”
The NHL fined Brind’Amour $25,000 for the comments and said that he was also given a conditional fine of $25,000 which will be collected, additionally to any subsequent discipline, within the event of comparable inappropriate behavior within the next year.
Brock McGinn scored short-handed 11 seconds later to even things out. After Krejci and Fleury traded goals, this became the sixth game of the past 11 in these playoffs to travel to overtime. A video screen inside stage flashed the message, “Deja Vu?” minutes into OT.
But this game was far away from an equivalent as Columbus-Tampa Bay, notably because the Hurricanes and Bruins were primed to play in the dark and had to regroup for a matinee.
“It was strange,” Marchand said, “but it just quite goes hand in hand with this whole .”
Mrazek stopped 36 of the 40 shots he faced. … Rask made 25 saves, and coach Bruce Cassidy said his starter could play again in Game 2 despite the back-to-back. … Carolina D Dougie Hamilton played for the primary time since breaking his left leg in January.