RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It doesn’t matter which team goes on a power play. The Carolina Hurricanes rarely seem to wind up with the advantage.
Of all the teams that made it out of the first round of the playoffs, the Hurricanes have been the league’s worst —when they’re up a man or when they’re down one. They are scoring on just 11% of their power plays in this postseason while killing less than 70% of their penalties.
“The special teams haven’t been great, obviously,” defenseman Justin Faulk said Monday, “and that’s easy to see.”
They provide a sharp contrast to the Boston Bruins and their best-in-the-playoffs power-play unit, which scores on a full third of its chances and has nearly as many power-play goals in this series (four) as the Hurricanes have in the entire postseason (five).
So maybe it’s no surprise Boston has won the first two games of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series with Game 3 coming up Tuesday night in Raleigh — where the Hurricanes are unbeaten in the playoffs.
“Playoffs is all about putting pressure on the other team, and seeing how they do with a little bit of pressure,” captain Justin…