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Bruins sweep Hurricanes to reach Stanley Cup Final


“It’s so difficult to advance in the playoffs, let alone make it to the final,” said Rask, the backup to Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas in 2011.


On its longest postseason win streak since reeling off nine straight in 1972, Boston earned a break before taking on the West winner.


Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves for the Hurricanes, whose first playoff appearance since 2009 ended precisely the same way their previous postseason trip did — by being swept in the East final.


With Greg McKegg in the box for goaltender interference, the Bruins scored on another give-and-go involving Pastrnak, who set up Bergeron’s goal with 1:26 left in the second.


AdvertisementRask — who blanked Columbus 3-0 in the decisive sixth game of the previous series — didn’t even face a shot on goal for roughly the first half of the third, and only seven for the entire period.


… With fourth-line forward Chris Wagner back in Boston having his injured right arm examined, C Noel Acciari slid into the lineup for the Bruins for the first time in the series.






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