For the first time since 2013, the Bruins are advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins swept the Hurricanes, capping the series with a dominant 4-0 win at PNC Arena.
Tuukka Rask saved all 24 shots he faced en route to his seventh career playoff shutout. The first line dominated again; Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Patrice Bergeron all scored in the contest. In the second period, Pastrnak and Bergeron capitalized on power play opportunities to give the team the lead entering the final frame. Bergeron scored again in the third, while Marchand added the empty net dagger.
Zdeno Chara, who was scratched for the game, joined the team for the post-game celebration and participated in the handshake line dressed in full pads.
The Bruins have earned some well deserved rest, as they wait to face the winner of the San Jose Sharks/St. Louis Blues series. Boston owns home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals.
As the team huddled around NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, no one touched the Prince of Wales trophy. Hopefully, each member of the team will have the opportunity to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.