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Sweep gives surging Bruins a break before Stanley Cup Final


So they can sit back, let their bumps and bruises heal — especially the ones that kept 42-year-old captain Zdeno Chara out of the series-clincher — and watch the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues beat each other up a few more times.


They won't spend the break worrying about losing the momentum of their longest postseason winning streak in nearly half a century.


No team that has swept its opponent from these playoffs has won its next series — a list that includes Columbus, the New York Islanders and these very Hurricanes.


A handful of veterans in this group — including Chara, Bergeron, goalie Tuukka Rask and forward Brad Marchand — won it in 2011 and lost to Chicago at this stage two years later.


The Bruins found a way to sidestep the run of first-round upsets that knocked both division winners, Tampa Bay and Washington, out early, though they needed seven games to get past Toronto.


Rask has closed two straight series with shutouts and continued to look the part of a leading Conn Smythe Trophy candidate.






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