Brad Marchand powers Bruins to Game 3 win over Hurricanes

BOSTON — Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists on Friday night to help the Boston Bruins take their first lead against the Hurricanes all season — and hold it for a 4-2 win over Carolina in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. .

Rookie Jeremy Swayman stopped 25 shots in his first playoff start after Linus Ullmark allowed eight goals in the Hurricanes’ first two games. That followed a regular season in which Carolina swept all three games, beating the Bruins 16-1 and never trailing.

Charlie Coyle scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist, and David Pastrnak had a power-play goal and an assist for Boston, which hopes to tie the best-of-seven series when it hosts Game 4 on Sunday. Taylor Hall added a power-play goal for the Bruins to make it 4-1 early in the third period.

Brad Marchand celebrates after scoring against the Hurricanes.

Vincent Trocheck and Jaccob Slavin scored for Carolina, and backup goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov made 24 saves in his first playoff start. He took over in Game 2 after starter Antti Raanta was injured in a collision with Pastrnak.

Trocheck gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead, grabbing a rebound just as he was knocked down late in front of the net. But Coyle tied it on a back-and-forth with Jake DeBrusk with 2:44 left in the first.

Five minutes later, Marchand fought the puck along the boards and headed for the slot, where he caught Patrice Bergeron’s deflected shot and passed Kochetkov – Boston’s first lead over Carolina in 325 minutes, 41 seconds this season.

The Hurricanes took back-to-back penalties late in the second, and soon after the 5-on-3 became an individual advantage, Pastrnak netted one from the left circle to make it 3-1.

New York Post

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