NHL Playoffs: Inspirational performance from Max Domi helps Hurricanes beat Bruins

Saturday, May 14, 2022. 7:17 PM


Max Domi offered the best game of his career at the best of times. His three-point performance helped the Hurricanes win the game 3-2 and eliminate the Boston Bruins in seven games Saturday afternoon in Carolina.

Domi was the surprise hero of the encounter. The Hurricanes acquired his services from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Trade Deadline Day in March. He scored his first two career goals in the playoffs, in addition to collecting an assist on the goal of Teuvo Teravainen thanks to a perfect pass in the slot.

The win is the Hurricanes’ sixth straight Game 7 win, which ties an NHL record. They join the Rangers (2012-2015), the Bruins (1983-1994) and the Red Wings (1949-1964).

Max Domi plays the game of his life!

The Bruins had outshot the Hurricanes in the playoffs in two of the last three seasons.

“It was a different context going into this series,” Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour said. If we had won in the previous series, I believe you would have been surprised.

“This time, I believe we are ripe. Our guys are more mature. I think they feel it too. »

The start of the game was Jeremy Swayman’s business, who repeatedly signaled to prevent the Hurricanes from opening the scoring.

The Bruins’ best scoring chance of the period belonged to Taylor Hall in the middle of the period, but Antti Raanta denied him a certain goal with a superb movement.

Then, the Canes rewarded Raanta with 1:24 left in the period. Jaccob Slavin and Domi set the table for a skilful passing game which was completed by Teravainen to open the scoring.

After contributing to the first goal, the former Canadiens returned to the charge at the start of the second period. Domi collected a loose puck from the mouth of the net to double Carolina’s lead. It was the first goal of his career in the playoffs, in his 17th game.

The Bruins refused to see the Hurricanes outrun them so quickly. Jake DeBrusk replied a few moments later, as he took advantage of a superb pass from Patrice Bergeron, before concretizing in the slot to make it 2-1.

And to that, it was once again Domi who had the answer. Midway through the period, Domi slipped behind the Bruins defense and fired a one-timer on a pass from Teravainen to restore the Hurricanes to a two-goal lead. Domi had only two goals in 19 regular season games after arriving in Carolina.

Trailing 3-1 in the third period, the Bruins got a golden opportunity to close the gap. The puck ended up on the stick of Charlie Coyle who had a wide open net, but he was unable to gain full control of the puck and was unable to take a shot.

The Hurricanes had a chance to put the final nail in the Bruins coffin with just over three minutes to play. Andrei Svechnikov attacked outnumbered along with Sebastian Aho, but Svechnikov’s pass didn’t allow Aho to release a shot.

The Canes then paid themselves a little scare. They first saw David Pastrnak cut the gap to just one goal with 22 seconds left in the game. Then, Boston won the faceoff and offered a dangerous offense in the final moments of the game. Raanta, however, held the stronghold and helped Carolina advance to the next round. Raanta stopped 27 shots, while opponent Swayman made 28 saves for the Bruins.

“After they scored a second goal, it was probably the longest 20 seconds of my life,” Raanta said.

All games in the series were won by the home team, from the first game to the last.

Carolina reaches the second round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. Last year, the team lost in five games against the eventual Stanley Cup winners, the Lightning.

The Bruins were in the playoffs for a sixth straight season. They had swept the Hurricanes in the Eastern Finals in 2019 and defeated them in five games in the 2020 first round in the Toronto bubble.

“Our defensive game is our pride and we’ve done well all season,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said. They made plays, but we didn’t do the job defensively. »

This time around, the Hurricanes have never trailed behind in the series, having outplayed the Bruins in all three of their regular season games.

The Bruins’ plans remain uncertain this summer. Longtime captain and number one center Patrice Bergeron could become an unrestricted free agent after 18 seasons with the team. Bergeron hugged each of his teammates as they left the ice.

Bergeron refused to negotiate a contract extension during the season, which led to speculation about a possible departure to another team or even retirement.

” It’s too early. Defeat always hurts after a tough streak. We are eliminated early and I will have plenty of time to think about it. But I’m not there yet, ”insisted Bergeron.

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