Bruins defeat Hurricanes 4-1 in Game One
Why Boston Won: Boston survived a sloppy and rusty first period to take over the game in the second and third periods. Following the first period, it was the same old Bruins rolling four productive lines and easily taking over the game . As usual, Vezina trophy hopeful Tim Thomas was outstanding in net for the Boston. Moreover, role players played their roles with Michael Ryder sniping a goal and great defense by forwards P.J Axellson and Stephane Yelle.
Why Carolina Lost: Carolina’s big stars were silent throughout the game. Eric Staal continued to struggle when matched up against Boston’s Zdeno Chara and the Hurricanes are not deep enough to keep up with Boston’s three extremely potent scoring lines. Similar to Montreal in series one, Carolina looked like they had no solutions to breaking through Boston’s system and where Boston capitalized on their scoring chances, Carolina was not able to.
Key Moment Of the Game: After a sloppy first period, Boston coach Claude Julien switched up his lines. He reunited Milan Lucic with Marc Savard and Phil Kessel and also put Blake Wheeler back with usual linemates, David Krejci and Ryder. Early in the second period, Lucic parked himself in front of the net and Savard was able to score. Soon after, Ryder and Wheeler went on a two on one and Ryder blasted a wrist shot past Cam Ward. Within minutes, Boston took over the game.
What to Look For Next Game: Carolina has struggled against Boston all season (0-5 counting tonight’s game). Expect Paul Maurice to change his lines and try to keep Staal away from Chara as much as possible. Moreover, just like Montreal in last series, expect Carolina to try and draw more penalties with physical play. One powerplay is simply not enough for a team that is going to struggle scoring even strength goals.