Matt Grzelcyk scored twice for the Boston Bruins in their 6-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden on Sunday.
Danton Heinen had a goal and an assist, Jake DeBrusk scored on the power-play, Connor Clifton got his first NHL goal, and David Backes also found the back of the net for the hosts, who lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.
Charlie Coyle and Torey Krug had three assists and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for Boston, who were 2/2 on the power-play.
Grzelcyk told media after the game, ‘I think, again it was just kind of the importance of taking advantage of home ice…We came out ready to go, and that’s been a strength of our team throughout the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs.
The defenseman is the fifth of his position in the past 35 years to score more than one goal in a playoff game for the Bruins, joining Ray Bourque (1990), Darren Van Impe (1998), Dan McGillis (2003) and Zdeno Chara (2010 & 2011). Meanwhile Clifton is the 19th player to score for the hosts in the playoffs, tying their record for a single postseason (1988).
Justin Williams and Teuvo Teravainen scored, and Petr Mrazek made 19 saves for the Hurricanes, whose fans don’t need to fret just yet; they defeated the Washington Capitals in seven games in the first round after trailing 2-0, and with the energy from the home crowd for Games 3 and 4, we could see history repeat itself.
The 2011 Bruins and the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins are the only teams to come back from trailing 2-0 in a best-of-7 series twice in the same postseason.
Game 3 will be in Raleigh at PNC Arena on Tuesday, May 14.
Bruins v Canes – Tuesday, May 14 (8pm – NBCSN)
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