Capturing a 3-2 lead in this best of seven series, the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 5-1 to remain undefeated on home ice. Carolina will take this series lead back to Boston as they seek to end this series in six and give themselves some time to rest and recover ahead of round two. Winning game six will end the series. And the Canes won game five to put them ahead.
With the big story from this game for the Carolina Hurricanes being Seth Jarvis and how important he was with two goals, the rookie has been sensational all season and his three playoff goals have helped the team establish this lead. At just 20 years old, he’s already becoming one of the most important Hurricanes players. He’s becoming one of the big producers, and there’s a lot to like about a kid so young becoming so vital to this organization.
Antti Raanta stood on his head tonight, and he’s making a case as the Canes’ best player for this post-season already. As he stopped 33 of 34, the Hurricanes were able to take game five without a lot of trouble. Raanta did have to be great, but he made the team comfortable. Raanta seemed to be playing with velcro attached to him and he gave nothing up all game in terms of rebounds. It’s a great sign moving forward.
Finally, Tony DeAngelo has to be the final talking point from this game. He’s one point short of the Canes’ all-time record for points in a playoff series by a defenseman. His three points in this game were vital for the team getting their series lead back over the Boston Bruins in this best-of-seven series. He’s going to need to be a big part going forward. As a pest and a producer, DeAngelo is a key part of any situation the Canes find themselves in.