McElhinney, meanwhile, hasn't played since Game 4 of Carolina's second-round sweep over the Islanders, but is a flawless 3-0 and has what would be a playoff-leading.947 save percentage over that stretch. Carolina holds a 54-52 edge in shots on goal and a 94-86 advantage in total shot attempts.
Simply chasing the play and the puck exerts more energy, wastes shift time, and results in more fatigue throughout the lineup. The crowd gave him a standing ovation, and the team responded as well.
While it took some excellent play-making to push them over the top against their opponents, that's not to discredit some excellent goalie play. For instance, the last time Carolina started a playoff series down 2-0 before this season?
"As the series went on, they kind of felt like they needed to do that", Rask said. Grzelcyk pushed the lead to four goals as his power play tally was assisted by Coyle and Krug.
The Bruins have silenced concerns about being a one-line team.
Lack of scoring on the power play speaks for itself and has hindered rather than helped Carolina during the first two games. The problem is, Carolina needs to also match the physical play of the Bruins and playing physical can lead to penalties.
McElhinney was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of training camp and wound up making a career-best 33 appearances - this in his 11th National Hockey League season and with his seventh different organization. If Carolina can find power-play success, they really could dominate this series.
The Hurricanes weren't a very good offensive team during the regular season, and they have been inconsistent in the playoffs as well.
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The Bruins are aware that the Hurricanes haven't come this far just to fade away.
It remains to be seen who will start for the Hurricanes, at least in Game 1.
Grabbing the win in game two was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 21 of the 23 shots that he faced to improve to 10-5 with a 2.02 GAA in the playoffs this year and 45-35 with a 2.21 GAA in the postseason in his career.
Carolina swept the New York Islanders in their second-round series.
In Denver, captain Gabriel Landeskog scored 2:32 into overtime after Colorado squandered a late lead in regulation and the Avalanche beat San Jose Sharks to force a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series.
As good as Mrazek and McElhinney have been, the Bruins still have the edge in goal.
Coach K called the Hurricanes a "Cinderella Story" in the video and that's true after the Canes were the No. 7 seed coming into the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 99 points, beating out the Montreal Canadians by three points for one of the final two playoff spots.
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