Bruins power past Hurricanes in Game 1


Tuukka Rask, the Bruins starting goaltender, finished the series with a 2.02 goals against average and a 0.948 save percentage, propelling the Boston Bruins to their first Eastern Conference final appearance since the 2012-2013 season.

Rask was supported by great defensive play in front of the net by the Bruins, who were outshot 39-29 in a tight physical game that has been the norm in the series.

That was Jackets coach John Tortorella speaking with reporters last night, hours after he had predicted a game six victory.

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"We peppered him", Columbus captain Nick Foligno said. "It's amusing when that happens because you know you got the better of them at that point".

Wagner added a goal late in the proceedings after stealing a puck from Faulk at the offensive blue line and led the Bruins with seven shots on net and four hits in 14:09 of ice time.

The Bruins won three of the previous series, but Carolina won the most recent meeting in the 2009 conference semifinals when Scott Walker scored in overtime in Game 7. It's not magical, you got to out-will a guy on the puck. "I felt 120 percent today, to be honest". Kampfer was playing just his second game of the postseason, replacing the suspended Charlie McAvoy.

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The Blue Jackets mustered two shots on the unsuccessful power play, and Matt Duchene's point-blank chance on another man-advantage situation was denied by the stick of Rask.

A few minutes later it was David Backes who scored his first goal of the playoffs assisted by Torey Krug and David Krejci.

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The Blue Jackets almost answered about a minute later, but Josh Anderson hit the bar as well on a setup from Artemi Panarin. Zdeno Chara took a shot to the ankle while killing a penalty later in the period and went to the locker room, but returned to the bench as the puck was being dropped to start the middle frame.

In his first career playoffs, Aho has five goals and 10 points in 12 games. Alexander Wennberg was a healthy scratch. He has spent parts of seven seasons in the National Hockey League but has never played more than 47 games in a year. Backes has played in three straight games for Boston after sitting out since game 5 of the first round against Toronto.

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