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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
At the risk that Cam Ward could get into their heads, the Bruins tonight will perform their own exploratory surgery on the talented Carolina goalie. For starters, they’ll get in his face.
If that doesn’t work, they’ll take aim on some of the goalie’s other body parts with their intimate, probing work around the net. We would divulge more saucy details here, but for the sake of a family readership, we can only tell you so much about how the Bruins intend to break the 1-1 series deadlock, and Ward’s mesmerizing spell, when they meet the Hurricanes tonight in Raleigh, N.C., in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series.
So says Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe…
Video Review: Carolina at Boston, 19:58 of 2nd period
Hockey Operations reviewed the shot by Carolina’s Larose to see if the puck was entirely across the goal line. The referee’s call on the ice was no goal - therefore video review needed to determine conclusively that the puck was over the line. Video review determined that it was inconclusive as to whether the puck crossed the goal line in its entirety - no goal.
Will Anaheim and/or Carolina be able to steal home ice advantage today?
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
In the playoffs, with Cole, Samsonov and a long list of other important players still looking for their first goals, the Hurricanes are a two-line team, and only because of the unexpected contributions of the fourth line.
That was good enough to beat the New Jersey Devils in the first round, in part because Staal dominated Game 6 and scored a dramatic game-winner in Game 7 and in part because of Cam Ward’s sensational goaltending.
It won’t be good enough to beat the Boston Bruins in the second round, particularly with Staal facing Zdeno Chara on every shift, and it was a major reason for Carolina’s 4-1 loss in Game 1 on Friday.
It’s not just the lack of top-level production that hurts the Hurricanes, although a goal at 1-1 could have changed everything Friday. So many of the mistakes they made — and there were so many — were the result of trying to do too much offensively and leaving giant gaps defensively.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Paul Maurice stood waiting next to the news conference podium as a technician laboriously counted off, from one into the high teens, trying to get the sound right.
“I thought he was counting off our turnovers,” the Carolina Hurricanes’ coach said when he finally was able to take his seat behind the microphone.
If that were the case, Maurice would still be waiting. And waiting. And waiting, because there were too many for anyone to count in Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins to open the second-round playoff series.
After playing some of their best—and most emotional hockey—to beat the New Jersey Devils, the Hurricanes produced a turn-back-the-clock performance against the Bruins, playing the way they did when they struggled earlier this season, not when they succeeded this spring.
The Bruins will have had nine days off since dispatching Montreal in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final last week. With questions about rust being asked, the Bruins can look to Vancouver’s Game 1 last night as a working blueprint. The Canucks, who also swept their first-round opponent (St. Louis), scored three straight goals against Chicago and held on for the win.
“Everybody’s wondering whether we’re going to be rested or rusty,” head coach Claude Julien said.
“I think Vancouver is a great example to take. They came out and played well in the first period. I’m expecting our players to feel the same way - that we can come out and play the way we know we can. Put all the excuses aside.”
continued with more on both Boston and Carolina
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
So look at Maurice now – back on the post-season pace, Carolina opening its Eastern Conference semifinal in Boston tonight.
“It’s the best part of hockey, the best part of the year,” the once-again Hurricane steward told the Star. “When you’re out of the playoffs for so long, you really do start to wonder – what’s the point?
“But it’s just so much fun now, I can’t even tell you. The days just slide by. At the moment I’m feeling at ease because we’ve had this little rest. That will all change when the series starts.”
Maurice is among the diaspora of former Leafs who are still playing or coaching hockey that counts, in May. When the post-season began, there were 35 Blue & White – from low-level management to top-tier stars – on the Stanley Cup prowl, while Toronto watched from the sidelines, experiencing the excitement only vicariously.
from Dave Droschak of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
Staal won’t be able to breathe in this series without the 6-foot-9, 270-pound Chara knowing if the Carolina star is chewing Dentyne or Trident. Bank on it.
“It doesn’t matter who we play. Eric Staal is going to see, not just one, but different guys shift-by-shift. He gets a lot of attention. That’s what All-Star players get,” said Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford.
“I don’t think I played my best against them this year,” added Staal, who including playoffs has logged a remarkable 368 consecutive games. “I’ve had success against Boston in the past and I like playing in their building. So, it’s about getting ready to play in this series now. The regular season doesn’t really matter this time of year.”
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