Canes fall in Boston (again), series headed to Game 7 :: WRALSportsFan.com
The Carolina Hurricanes are coming home, where they can’t lose, because they can’t win on the road.
With a chance to close out the Boston Bruins on Thursday, the Canes lost 5-2 on the road in Game 6 to extend the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series to a deciding Game 7 in Raleigh on Saturday.
The home team has won every game in the series. The Canes hope that trend continues.
The Canes’ special teams folded in the pivotal second period on Thursday. Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle scored in the second for the Bruins after the Canes went 0 for 4 on the power play.
The Canes had four chances on special teams, including a 54-second stretch where they had a 5-on-3 advantage, but came away with no goals and only two shots. One of those shots hit the crossbar and the other hit the left post so Boston goalie Jeremy Swayman had some help but the Canes hurt themselves by coming up empty.
After the Canes couldn’t score on special teams, Boston did. Coyle’s power-play goal at 18:04 pushed the Bruins’ lead to 2-0.
Marchand opened the scoring 46 seconds into the second period on a wrister from the right circle. Marchand caught the Canes in a line change and then beat Carolina goalie Antti Raanta on a breakaway.
Carolina cut Boston’s lead to 2-1 on a goal by Andrei Svechnikov at 3:24 in the third period. Svechnikov finished a brilliant pass from Seth Jarvis.
Just as hope was beginning to flicker for a Canes comeback, Erik Haula redirected a pass from Charlie McAvoy to make it 3-1 at 7:08. Boston’s fourth line extends the lead to 4-1 with Derek Forbort’s goal at 10:43.
After Boston added an empty-net goal, Svechnikov scored a power-play goal with 2:30 left in the game.
The Canes last played a Game 7 in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, a 4-3 overtime win at Washington, but haven’t hosted a Game 7 since a 3-1 win over Edmonton in the 2006 Stanley Cup finals.
Game 7 is scheduled for Saturday at PNC Arena. The time has not been set by the NHL.