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, MASSACHUSETTS – MAY 12: Justin Williams #14 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammates after scoring a third period goal against the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – MAY 12: Justin Williams #14 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammates after scoring a third period goal against the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

3rd Period

The slippery slope would continue to drag the Hurricanes down in the third. By now, the Hurricanes looked absolutely defeated and tired. The Bruins were able to continue their domination until about 11 minutes into the third period. If there are any positives to take away from this game, they came in the final nine minutes or so.

With roughly nine minutes left in the game, Justin Williams managed to tip a shot from Justin Faulk past Tuukka Rask to break Boston’s looming shutout. This glimmer of hope, although slight, shined bright in a game full of mistakes, missed opportunities, and bad matchups.

The Hurricanes looked to be slightly rejuvenated after Williams’ tip-in, and the Bruins seemed to be just the tiniest bit frazzled. Rask, just moments after losing his shutout, would attempt to play the puck against a fast-incoming Teuvo Teravainen. Rask, instead of clearing the puck back up-ice, passed it directly to Teravainen, who rocketed it into the Bruins’ net with no hesitation.

This was yet another tough loss to take, Caniacs. There are, however, positives to be had, and momentum to be brought back to Raleigh. The Hurricanes, despite being down 6 goals, still managed to rally and score not once, but twice.

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Petr Mrazek, despite letting up 10 goals in the past two games, has still played a darn good game. The Hurricanes have yet to lose on home ice (5-0) this postseason. The Bruins haven’t been to the PNC Arena this postseason, either. The Bruins are in for quite a surprise for Games 3 and 4.

Question for CC Readers: I’m sure you guys saw this one coming. Mrazek or McElhinney for Game 3?