In a game that seemed to combine both the good and bad from the Bruins’ exhibition and round robin games, the good ultimately won out.
Patrice Bergeron scored on an odd-man rush just a couple of minutes into double overtime, sending the Bruins to a 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1.
It was a game that saw the Bruins fall behind early, then blow leads twice before ultimately winning in the second extra session.
To the highlights!
Joel Edmundson got Carolina on the board with a slapshot late in the first period, making it 1-0 Hurricanes.
Eddy with an absolute laser! pic.twitter.com/X3CciQ2vG9— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) August 12, 2020
Just a few minutes later, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak connected for this work of art to make it 1-1.
Marchand to Pastrnak off the faceoff….phew pic.twitter.com/NSuca87lwp— P-Word Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) August 12, 2020
Good goal.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) August 12, 2020
Charlie Coyle makes it a 2-1 game.
Bruins have their first lead up in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/8aR7ojnAZE
But the Bruins gave it right back just moments later, as Brock McGinn took advantage of a bad David Pastrnak pass to score a nice shorthanded goal. 2-2.
Brock McGinn, breakaway SPECIALIST. pic.twitter.com/hHrwYNzwpB— Alex Ohári ⚪️ (@FutureCanes) August 12, 2020
Early in the third period, David Krejci showed some nice hands in tight and beat Mrazek with a smooth deke to make it 3-2 Bruins.
The lead wouldn’t last, however, as Haydn Fleury scored from way downtown on a shot Tuukka Rask would like to have back. 3-3.
Fleurs just scored from Buffalo pic.twitter.com/u7c7UDlniW— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) August 12, 2020
Both teams had their chances in the first overtime, but there was nothing doing. Patrice Bergeron decided it was time to go home early in the second overtime, taking advantage of a Mrazek overplay to end the game.
Bruins win! 4-3 final.
- The OT goal was the 4th of Patrice Bergeron’s career, the most in Bruins franchise history. Additionally, Bergeron and Krejci recorded their 106th and 105th (respectively) playoff points today, good for 2nd and 3rd in franchise history.
- Rask certainly wasn’t at his best today. The Edmundson goal was a pretty good shot, and McGinn made a great move on the breakaway, but the Fleury goal was pretty soft. He certainly wasn’t bad, but would likely think he should have stopped two of those goals. Give the double OT and the fact that Game 2 is tomorrow, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Jaroslav Halak get the start.
- The top line scored two goals, but the Krejci line looked dangerous all game long. Krejci, Ondrej Kase, and Jake DeBrusk appear to have something good going, with Kase making several great plays in all three zones. DeBrusk had some great scoring chances too (the wide open net comes to mind). Overall, it was the best the second line has looked since the restart (by far).
- The Bruins did a pretty good job keeping Carolina’s top line quiet this afternoon. Aho, Teravainen, and Svechnikov combined for six shots on goal, but it’s hard to remember too many of the Grade-A variety.
- I wonder if Brind’Amour goes with James Reimer in Game 2? Mrazek wasn’t the reason his team lost the game, but he looked far from steady out there. Giant rebounds, weird positioning...similar to his appearances in the Conference Final last year. The positioning on the Bergeron winner was wild, as he was way off his line.
- The Bruins’ power play was atrocious today. Not only did they not really look a threat to score, but they gave up a shorthanded goal too. Not great.
- Dougie Hamilton looked reasonably solid for Carolina in his return. He had a few misplays at times, but also created a few decent breakouts. Considering how long he’s been out, it’s hard for Canes fans to be disappointed in that showing.
- No word yet on whether or not Sami Vatanen or Justin Williams will be available for Carolina in Game 2.