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THE STORM IS OVER: Bruins Win Game 5, Send Hurricanes Home

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Boston Bruins Win Game 5

For the third straight season, the Boston Bruins are moving on to the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins took a 2-1 decision over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday afternoon, eliminating the Hurricanes in five games. The Bruins are 8-1 in their last nine playoff games against the Hurricanes.

Patrice Bergeron collected a rebound below the goal line, turned and fired a puck towards goal. It hit Petr Mrazek’s skate and banked into the goal to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead with just 3.5 seconds remaining in the middle period. It stood as both the game and series winning goal.

Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves in the clincher, while Mrazek stopped 25 shots in the loss.

The Hurricanes jumped out to an early lead for the second game in a row. For the second straight game, however, it did not matter. Haydn Fleury opened the scoring 9:35 into the game when he collected a bank pass from Sebastian Aho. Fleury skated into the faceoff circle and wired a wrist shot by Halak.

The Bruins responded in the second period, when David Krejci scored his third of the playoffs. Krejci was parked in front of the goal, to the right of Mrazek. Patrice Bergeron fired a shot from the faceoff circle that hit Mrazek’s pad and bounced right to Krejci. Krejci deposited the marker 15:20 in to get things even.

Bergeron’s goal came after Jordan Martinook took a roughing penalty at 19:10.

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The Hurricanes pushed for the equalizer in the third period, firing six shots on Halak. They couldn’t break through, however, as the Boston Bruins were able to keep the Hurricanes on the perimeter.

Alex is a 2016 graduate of Springfield College who is currently a writer with Boston Hockey Now and The Oilers Rig. Outside of writing, you can find Alex in rinks around New England as the Play-by-Play voice of the USPHL’s Boston Junior Bruins. In addition, he does broadcasting work for Northeastern University, Holy Cross And UMass-Lowell. Reach him on Twitter: @Alex_Thomas14

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