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Hurricanes overtake Bruins with 3-2 win in Game 7

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Max Domi scored twice in the second half while Antti Raanta had 27 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Saturday and win the deciding Game 7 of their playoff league Winning the first round streak.

Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes, who eventually eliminated a Bruins team that knocked them out of the playoffs in two of the last three postseasons. That ended a streak in which neither team was able to achieve an away win, with the Hurricanes ultimately getting the final say, aided by another loud and rowdy home crowd.

Carolina advanced to the second round to face off against the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 between the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Domi was an unlikely star in this one. Carolina picked him up before the March close and he rewarded her by scoring the first postseason goals of his career. He also assisted Teravainen’s goal with a perfect pass to the top of the goal area to tuck away in the first half.

Raanta, who had never started a postseason game prior to this series, was once again stable at the net. He probably had his best stop on a full-split save to ward off Taylor Hall near the left post in the first half of a scoreless game.

Jake DeBrusk scored a second-half goal for the Bruins while David Pastrnak had one with 21.7 seconds left after Boston drew Jeremy Swayman for the extra attacker.

From there, the Hurricanes had to endure one last time-consuming shift to defend their lead before they could finally celebrate.

Swayman finished with 28 saves for Boston.

The Bruins played a comeback from Domi’s first goal that saw him run in down the left to bury a Jordan Staal redirect attempt at 3:14 of the second.

Later, after DeBrusk punched Raanta from the top of the kink, Teravainen whipped a pass to Domi for a one-timer who blasted the puck past Swayman for a 3-1 lead at 10:33.

The Bruins, a tried and tested veteran squad, were in the playoffs for the sixth straight season. That run included a win over the Hurricanes in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals, as well as a five-game win in the first round of the Toronto Bubble a year later.

This time around, the Hurricanes never fell behind in the series before finally prevailing after dominating the Bruins in three regular season meetings. And the Bruins enter an offseason with some uncertainty over the future of captain and longtime No. 1 center Patrice Bergeron, who may become an unrestricted free agent after 18 seasons with the team.

SIX STRAIGHT

The Hurricanes have improved to 6-0 in Game 7 since the former Hartford Whalers relocated to North Carolina in 1997. These include the 2006 Stanley Cup final against Edmonton and a second-round win away to Boston in 2009.

EARLY EXIT

This is the first time Boston has exited the playoffs without winning a series since falling to Ottawa in a six-game series in 2017.

FULL HOUSE

The Hurricanes had their largest home audience in franchise history with 19,513 viewers. That beat the previous mark of 19,495 set by the New York Islanders’ last second-round win in 2019.

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DUSTIN JONES

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