The Boston Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final
Tuukka Rask made 24 saves, and David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron each had three points for the Bruins, who reached the Cup Final for the 20th time and third in the past nine seasons (2011, 2013).
Everything is clicking for Boston right now. Many people around the game of hockey, know the Bruins have the best top line in the sport. However, now, we have all come to learn the team has the depth to win it all.
“I think we’ve played as a team the whole year, and I think we’ve shown that,” Bergeron said. “Our depth has been winning games for us, and that was the perfect example in this series. Everyone chipping in on any given night, and it was a big difference, I thought.”
Another incredible performance by Rask during these Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boston’s goaltender has clearly been their best player, giving them an incredible opportunity every game to come away with the win. In fact, this is the seventh straight win for Rask during the postseason, becoming the second goaltender in NHL history to record a winning streak of at least seven games during the Playoffs since Gerry Cheevers had 10 straight in 1970. The Finnish goaltender allowed just five goals in four Eastern Conference Final games.
The Hurricanes simply just couldn’t keep the magic running in the Eastern Conference Final. The Bruins dominated this series from the opening game, managing to keep their cool as Carolina continued to pile up the penalties. That allowed Boston to take advantage of a terrible Hurricanes penalty kill.
The Boston powerplay has been fire at: 34%. You simply cannot spend any time in the box against this team.
“Did I think we’d be here? Maybe not, but we were going to see if we could get here,” Carolina captain Justin Williams said. “We’re good enough to be in the final four, and that means we’re good enough to do it again next year and get better and learn from this. Right now, it hurts, and it will for a little while.”
Nobody, expected the Canes to be here. So, they deserve a big hand for the effort. However, the Boston Bruins are a serious Stanley Cup contender.
Boston was clearly the better team.