Carolina Hurricanes: Takeaways from Game 2 Loss to Bruins

BOSTON, MA - MAY 12: Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour on the bench during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on May 12, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 12: Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour on the bench during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on May 12, 2019, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – MAY 12: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricane fights for the puck against Brandon Carlo #25 of the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on May 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – MAY 12: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricane fights for the puck against Brandon Carlo #25 of the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on May 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) /

2nd Period

The 2nd period would not be much better for the Hurricanes. Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton would score his first ever NHL playoff goal after a Hurricanes powerplay went unconverted.

Bruins would continue to dominate during the second, both on the powerplay and during 5 on 5 play. The officiating was much more consistent than in Game 1, with the exception of a single missed call.

Brad Marchand had Andrei Svechnikov in a headlock, which went uncalled. He then proceeded to slash Justin Williams in the neck, which led to Williams grabbing hold of Marchand’s chinstrap to give him a good talking-to. Williams was, of course, called for his retaliation, while Marchand skated free.

This one missed call wouldn’t change the fate of the game, but it was frustrating to a team already down in morale and on the scoreboard to have to overcome terrible officiating yet again.