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A goal scored by a returning Bruin followed by a third period surge sparked the win

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins
Boomerang Bruin Steven Kampfer is congratulated by Matt Grzelcyk
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The Bruins roared to action in the third period to blow out the Hurricanes 5-2. On to Eastern Conference Final Game #2 on Sunday at 3:00PM on NBC.

  • The Bruins may have taken two periods to get up to speed, but how ‘bout their power play? Patriot Ledger
  • Boston looked like they had come off a tough six-game series to meet the rested Canes, at least initially. NHL
  • Wasn’t it great to see boomerang Bruin Steven Kampfer light the lamp?
  • The sight was almost too much for one Boston fan in the stands. BarDown
  • You may recall that Kampfer was in Vancouver with the Bruins in 2011. More recently, he had a busy summer before rejoining the team this season. WEEI
  • Marcus “Marshmallow” Johansson did yeoman’s work and was rewarded on the scoresheet. Boston Herald
  • How do you like Don Sweeney’s acquisions of Charlie Coyle and Johansson now that we’re in the postseason? HockeyBuzz
  • There was initial concern for Zdeno Chara, who took a stinger to his foot (ankle?) in the first period. Bonus- a beloved former Bruin was honorary flag captain. NBC Boston
  • The Bruins opened the scoring three minutes into the game, but then relinquished the lead almost immediately. Bonus- links to view the goals. WEEI
  • Three observations from the game include Tuukka Rask keeping his team in the game until they could collect themselves in the third period. Bruins Daily
  • Dougie Hamilton took umbrage at being penalized twice within three minutes in the third period. How nice that the fans welcomed him back to Boston by chanting his name. Boston Herald
  • Who but Perfect Patrice Bergeron would step to change momentum by scoring on Hamilton’s second penalty? TSN
  • Brad Marchand acting as the level head of reason by calming an angry Connor Clifton? Who saw that coming? CBS Boston
  • The Bruins will get a relative breather, but return to action Sunday afternoon. Bonus- the Bruins benefitted from a former Hurricane’s services. David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are sniffing at the same career milestone. Patriot Ledger
  • Last night’s game hit a record for @NBCSportsPR and marked a 53% viewership increase over last year alone.
  • Seriously? Hang up on an interviewee because of his accent? Deadspin

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In other news of the Stanley Cup: Who is kidding whom, here? The Bruins and Hurricanes WERE the news last night. Bonus- more news links. NHL
  • Is it too soon to talk about upcoming restricted free agents? A Bruin is in the Top 15, and another is the honorable mentions. Sportsnet
  • Free Agent Frenzy- the Top 25 in the class include a Bruins and a former Bruin. TSN
  • Devoted Whalers fans keep buying team schwag, and their dreams never die. Bloomberg
  • Will this young man prove to be the face of British ice hockey? ESPN
  • Enjoy this NHL promo on the theme “Feel.” (Video, 1:36) YouTube