Bruins lose Game 2 to Hurricanes, losing 5-2


Boston goes home 2-0 in the series.

Carolina Hurricanes’ Vincent Trocheck (16) celebrates an unseen Sebastian Aho goal on Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) during the second period of Game 2 of a playoff series first round of the Stanley Cup of NHL hockey in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
The Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice and the Carolina Hurricanes overcame the early loss of goaltender Antti Raanta to beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 Wednesday night for a lead 2-0 in the first-round series.

Jesper Fast scored the first goal of the game for Carolina on another solid offense to start this series. Rookie goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov took over from Raanta to finish with 29 saves.

Game 3 is Friday night in Boston.

The Hurricanes also played with a physical advantage against a Boston team that knocked them out of the playoffs twice in three playoff series. And it came in a game that quickly went from competitive to fiery and downright nasty – namely after Boston’s David Pastrnak knocked Raanta out of the game midway through the first period when he hit the goalie at the head with a gloved hand as he tried to skate in front of him.

Frederik Andersen, the already injured No. 1 goaltender, started the playoffs. Carolina turned to Kochetkov when Raanta came out bleeding from an apparent mouth injury.

Patrice Bergeron scored both goals for Boston, the first on a loose rebound in the second, then another on a redirect near the slot in the third. Linus Ullmark allowed four goals for the second straight game and finished with 29 saves.

After Raanta’s exit, the teams constantly exchanged words and blows, while repeatedly arguing after the whistle. There was the jarring shoulder-to-chest blast by Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov that leveled Hampus Lindholm and left him reeling as he was helped to the locker room late in the second.

Then there was Boston’s Brad Marchand who pushed Kochetkov a bit as he tried to play a puck. The goalkeeper objected and gave Marchand a push after the game, only to see Marchand immediately swing his stick and hit Kochetkov in the right arm to take a penalty kick.

It was part of a busy night in the box for the Bruins, who took 12 penalties in 26 minutes. The Hurricanes converted twice on the power play, including Niederreiter coming into the slot on a 5-on-3 run to take a 4-1 lead at 18:52 of the second.

Niederreiter’s second goal was an empty goal in the final minute. Moments later, the match ended appropriately with the teams having to be separated once more after the final horn.


Carolina got offensive production from its defensemen, led by Tony DeAngelo, finishing with three assists.

Jaccob Slavin also assisted on Carolina’s first two goals, though he probably deserved another for jumping out of the way of Aho’s redirecting tip that sent the puck through Slavin’s legs before batting. Ullmark at 15:30 of the first.


Carolina has won all five meetings this season by a combined score of 25-4. He was 16-1 in all three regular season meetings and 5-1 in Game 1 here – including an empty-net score in that one as well.


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