Jimmy Golen, Associated Press
BOSTON – Brad Marchand quickly skated to the empty net and Carolina Hurricane defender Tony DeAngelo could do nothing but throw his stick in the direction of the puck.
It’s the playoffs, and Marchand is the best. He scores, he delivers and he disrupts.
“He loves to play in those moments and he shows it,” Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after Marchand’s performance with two goals and three assists. There are also some heated discussions. I also think it can lift his game a notch. ”
The Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Sunday and tied their series at 2-2.
The Bruins were without their two best defenders after Charlie McAvoy was dropped from the list at the last minute. He joined Hampus Lindholm on the sidelines.
Boston’s team fell behind twice and Marchand broke the deadlock early in the third period to help his team win another playoff victory in a row.
Patrice Bergeron had one goal and two assists, David Pastrnak had one goal and one assist, while Jake DeBrusk stepped the needle once for the Bruins. Jeremy Swayman made 23 saves.
Brett Pesce and Jordan Staal were responsible for the hurricanes. Antti Raanta returned to the game and blocked 23 pucks in the net for the Metropolitan Division champions.
Game 5 of this series is Tuesday night in North Carolina. One of the two teams will be able to advance to the next round Thursday night, in Boston.
“It all starts again now. We have to get together,” said Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour. You should have some emotions now. It should hurt and bother you. Tomorrow you start all over again. “
Pesce gave the Hurricanes the lead in the sixth minute of play, and it was the fourth time in a row in this series that Rod Brind’Amour’s men went first in scoring.
Bergeron equalized with four minutes left of the first period. He slipped a loose puck between Raanta’s pillows.
Just 33 seconds into the second period, Nino Niederreiter backhanded the puck to Staal, who made an accurate one-hour to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead.
The Bruins utilized a powerplay to bring both teams back to square one. Marchand sent the puck to Raanta and the puck remained in the semicircle where DeBrusk pushed it into the net.
Brind’Amour challenged the visitors’ central defense eagerly, sending the ball into the away fans. The Bruins got a powerplay with the decision and it turned into an advantage for two men when Sebastian Aho hit Bergeron in the face.
The Bruins took the lead with just one second left on the two-man power play. Marchand scored with a wrist shot and Pastrnak scored the insurance goal five minutes later.
“That’s what all kids have ever hoped for, to have a chance to play for the Stanley Cup,” Marchand said. These are the most fun games to play. The feeling and intensity is high. If you can not play those games, I do not know why you are playing. “
McAvoy removed from training
Prior to the match, McAvoy was removed from the Bruins list and placed under the National Hockey League’s COVID-19 protocol.
“We knew this morning that there was that possibility, and we learned that he would go into protocol,” Cassidy said. Hope Charlie is fine and well. We want to find him as soon as possible. ”
To replace McAvoy on the list, Bruins added defender Josh Brown, who played six games with the team after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators by the trade deadline.
The 24-year-old McAvoy was a Bruins pick in the first round of 2016. The Norris Trophy, given to the best defender in the NHL, in each of the last two campaigns.
In 2022, he achieved personal career highs in goals (10) and assists (46). He led all defenders on the team in points this season and averaged 24 minutes and 39 seconds.