The Hurricanes did not start this game strong. Right out of the gate, they looked tired and looked to be struggling with getting the puck out of their own end. The Bruins seemed to smother the Hurricanes at every junction, keeping the puck and the flow of play relatively one-sided.
The lack of success in the first period wasn’t for lack of trying. Both Micheal Ferland and Justin Faulk were very physical very early on, both laying huge checks during the first. This physicality, however, would not translate into offensive success.
The Hurricanes special teams has been a huge detriment to them this series, as they’ve been largely unsuccessful at converting on the powerplay and killing off important penalties.
Two goals isn’t a monumental hill to climb, but things began falling apart at the seams going into the 2nd period.