SportsPulse: Kevin Allen explains that the series between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes will come down to defense and goaltending.
BOSTON — Coach Rod Brind’Amour watched his Carolina Hurricanes lose 6-2 to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals and he said the beating felt worse than it even looked.
“Looked (at one point) and it was 25 shots given up and felt like we had given up 80,” Brind’Amour said.
The Bruins got three goals from defensemen, two power play goals and three assists each from third-line center Charlie Coyle and defenseman Torey Krug to take a 2-0 lead as the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals heads to Raleigh for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday.
“They are playing their game and we haven’t gotten to ours,” Brind’Amour said.
The results of the first two games show the ‘Canes, the Cinderella team of the NHL playoff field, will have to raise their playing level considerably to get back in the series. The Bruins have won five games in a row, dating to their last series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In those victories, the Bruins have outscored the opposition 22-8.