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Bruins force Game 7 after 4-2 win

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The Bruins jumped out to early lead and held off the Carolina Hurricanes for a 4-2 win to extend the series to 7 games after battling back for a 3-1 series deficit. The Bruins will host the Hurricanes in Game 7 at The Garden Thursday night.

Mark Recchi spotted the Bruins an early 1-0 lead just 2:01 into the game when he finished off a pass from Patrice Bergeron on a 2 on 1 rush and found the back of the net.

The Bruins struck again just over 3 minutes later when Steve Montador's hard slapper from the point beat Cam Ward after David Krejci fed a nifty little touch pass for Monty out near the blue line.

The Hurricanes got one back early in the second period thanks to a backhander from Fragile Matty Cullen.

Marc Savard put the Bruins up 3-1 8:53 into the second period when Milan Lucic drove hard to the net and dished a perfect pass to Savard at the right circle, who beat Cam Ward with a quick one timer.

Chuck Kobasew extended the Bruins' lead to 4-1 with 1:57 left in the second period. Patrice Bergeron picked up his second helper of the game on the play.

Sergei Samsonov pulled the Hurricanes to within 2 with 12:40 left in the game when he shoveled in a rebound in front.


Final - 5.12.2009 1 2 3 Total
Boston Bruins 2 2 0 4
Carolina Hurricanes 0 1 1 2

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Notes:

- Marc Savard limped off the ice after a knee to knee collision with Chad LaRose in the third period. He played one more shift, but left the game after that and did not return. Claude Julein said that he should be available for Game 7 on Thursday.

- Tim Thomas turned aside 31 shots.

- Tickets for Game 7 go on sale Wednesday at 11:00 am.

- I was Susan Lucci-ed at the New England Blog Awards tonight, but I lost to the very deserving Hub Hockey. Congratulations to all of the winners:

Best Bruins Blog: Hub Hockey

Best Red Sox Blog: Sox Space News

Best Celtics Blog: Real Boston Sports Fans

Best Patriots Blog: Patriots Daily

Blog of the Year: Surviving Grady

- Cue the fat kid....