3 takeaways as Bruins win Game 3 over Hurricanes for first series win


Not only did the Bruins avoid getting swept away, but they also seem to have a new life.

Brad Marchand scored in the second period to give the Bruins their first lead against the Hurricanes this season.

There is one.

The Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, in Game 3 of their first-round playoff game behind strong outings from Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Jeremy Swayman.

The victory brings the series to 2-1 in favor of the Hurricanes.

Marchand finished with three points to lead all skaters, while Pastrnak (goal, assist) and Swayman (25 saves in first playoff start) each helped cut the series deficit in half.

Charlie Coyle and Taylor Hall also scored in the Bs’ first win over the Hurricanes all season.

Vincent Trocheck scored the first goal of the game at 9:17 of the first after a point shot produced a big rebound. The Canes forward parked in front of the net to score his second goal of the series and gave Carolina the first goal of the game for a third consecutive game.

With a raging crowd behind them, the Bruins received a needed equalizer late in the first quarter when Charlie Coyle scored a shorthanded marker on a smooth saucer pass from Jake DeBrusk.

“When [DeBrusk] and [Coyle] made this shorthanded play to get us back in the game, it just changed our whole behavior,” Marchand said. “We kind of caught up to all the streaks, and it was good to know that we can come back in those situations, and we can react like we have in the past.”

The B’s earned their first series lead with Marchand’s goal early in the second period. Patrice Bergeron sent the puck towards the net and it found the No. 63 stick, which ripped it open to give Boston a 2-1 lead.

David Pastrnak gave the Bruins some confidence with a power play count at 14:53 of the second. The Bs have a long 5-3 chance but only converted when the Canes picked up a man.

Taylor Hall added another power-play scorer on a pass from Pastrnak to extend Boston’s lead to 4-1 4:08 into the third.

The Canes fended off a point shot by Jaccob Slavin with 8:30 left, but the Bruins blocked Carolina in the dying moments for their first win of the series.

Here’s what we learned after Friday’s Game 3 win.

B’s attack finally breaks out.

Going into Game 3, the Bruins had scored just four goals in five games against the Canes all season.

In Game 3, Boston put four points on the board behind two power-play goals, a shorty and an even-strength count.

“We stayed focused on our game plan, and for 60 minutes I think we played a really good game,” Pastrnak said.

Marchand’s game-clinching goal, in particular, counted as the first time the Bruins had a lead against Carolina all season. The Bs were slow to come and they gained some confidence in a series that had heavily favored the Canes in the first two games.

Breakout plays by Boston’s top players played a big part in the win, perhaps no more so than Marchand.

“I felt committed,” Marchand said after scoring his first three-pointer since April 2. “It’s been a while since I felt that. I think the magnitude of the situation we were in hit us all. The guys just looked like they were prepared when they arrived at the skating rink tonight.

Swayman stands straight between the pipes.

The Bruins went to their other option in goal after two losses to Linus Ullmark, and the rookie looked like his usual self.

Swayman gave up just two goals and made several high-pressure saves to calm Carolina’s attack.

“It’s a great team effort,” Swayman said. “It was important because it happened with a bang, and it’s their game. They get in front of the net and get rebounds.

The Hurricanes haven’t scored on the man advantage on five occasions and Swayman hasn’t allowed much on the power play.

Swayman’s busiest time came in the first period when he stopped 10 of Carolina’s 11 shots on net. He got help from his defensemen all night with Derek Forbort leading with nine blocked shots.

The Anchorage, Alaska native recorded 16 saves over the past two periods to earn his first “W” in the playoffs.

There will be a game 5

The Bruins extended the streak with Friday night’s win, guaranteeing at least five games in that series.

This thought seemed to be a little optimistic after the first two confrontations. But all of a sudden, the Bruins have some life.

“Obviously they had the advantage over us in the regular season, but the playoffs are a whole different animal,” Pastrnak said. “These are two great hockey teams facing each other in the playoffs.

With new life, the Bruins hope to return to Raleigh with the series tied at 2-2. Game 4 is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the Garden.


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