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Recap: Bruins lock down Hurricanes in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead

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Arguably the most complete game they’ve played since the restart.

Boston Bruins v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Three Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a scoreless first period, Charlie Coyle got the Bruins on the board with a mid-air swat of a loose puck. 1-0 Bruins.

That remained the only goal until the start of the third, when the Hurricanes had a chance to tie the game on the power play. Instead, Charlie Coyle connected with Sean Kuraly for a shorthanded goal to make it 2-0 Bruins.

The Bruins were firmly in control of this game, but Jaroslav Halak decided he wanted to make things interesting. 2-1 Bruins.

However, that’d be as close as the Hurricanes got. The Canes did get another power play 5 minutes into the third, but the Bruins clamped down and didn’t allow much in the way of good looks.

Brad Marchand would add an empty-netter for a 3-1 final.

Game notes

  • Overall, this was probably the best effort from the Bruins since play resumed. They were responsible in all three zones, and especially solid on defense. Carolina didn’t get much in terms of grade-A looks, and when they did get chance, Halak made the saves.
  • The Halak gaffe was pretty funny. The timing of it could have made it a back-breaker, but the B’s responded well.
  • Joakim Nordstrom continues to impress. While he’s not filling up the stat sheet, he’s played soundly and responsibly throughout the series. Today, he had a shot on goal, 6 hits, and played 2:28 on the penalty kill. His game isn’t going to attract headlines, but it’s the kind of game you need in the playoffs.
  • Two more assists today for David Krejci. He now has 2 goals and 4 assists in 6 games since play resumed. He also continues to mesh well with Ondrej Kase.
  • Anders Bjork’s grip on a lineup spot may be slipping. He played just over 7 minutes today, and took three minor penalties. Not great.

Back at it on Monday!