Duke Basketball: Coach K hopes Carolina Hurricanes ‘defy all odds’

Carolina Hurricanes fall to Boston Bruins in game one of Eastern Conference Finals

Justin Williams and Teuvo Teravainen put up the lone Hurricane goals, to break the shutout and for something to build on for Game 3.

"To be as consistent as he has been, that is one of the reasons that four teams advance generally if there goaltender stays consistent the whole way", said Cassidy.

McKegg scored when he shot the puck off Rask's shoulder and then barreled into the goalie as the puck bounced behind him and into the net.

"He was outstanding those two games", Mrazek said of McElhinney.

Mrazek, who missed the last two games of the Hurricanes' second-round series with the Islanders due to an injury, has been back in net for both games of this series. Boston's top-line is rarely overmatched at 5v5 but they could have a hard time containing Carolina's top-line.

Puck possession translates into control of game pace and tempo in all three zones - something that has lacked consistency for Carolina through the series' first two games.

"We don't get into the line match game a ton anyways, so it's nice to just roll your lines".

After being eliminated from the postseason in the first round with the Devils, Johansson unplugged and didn't see his former teammates - finally - go on a deep postseason run en route to the team's first championship, less than one year after Johansson was traded to the Devils.

As good as Mrazek and McElhinney have been, the Bruins still have the edge in goal.

The Hurricanes returned home for the second time in this postseason facing a 2-0 deficit. Teams down 2-0 in a series rarely come out with the series victory, but the trailing team has a 29-32 record in Game 3 at home, so it's more even than you'd think. The B's scored the game's first six goals and cruised to possibly their easiest win of this post season. However, it doesn't look like that will be the case and their 5v5 advantage could quickly be diminished if they can't slow down a Bruins top power-play unit that features Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk and Torey Krug, who have combined for seven power-play goals in the playoffs.

Sebastian Aho and Greg McKegg scored for Carolina.

Fast forward to the Eastern Conference Finals and a series with the Boston Bruins and the 'Canes find themselves in the exact same position after dropping Game 2 in Boston 6-2.

Boston got its second goal 8:58 into the third when Bobrovsky allowed a shot by Johansson to bounce behind him after the initial stop. "Trying to get in my head a little bit". "Like I said the only one I thought he'd love to have back was that first one and he will tell you that".

"The reality is I need a job next year, so I better play good", said McElhinney, who went 20-11-2 with a.912 save percentage.

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