Seth Jarvis and Antti Raanta help the Hurricanes outplay the Bruins

RALEIGH, NC — The Carolina Hurricanes vowed they would be fine after losing a two-game lead and momentum in their first-round playoff series. It was all about reducing mistakes and staying out of the penalty area.

The Hurricanes did exactly that Tuesday night, and that puts them close to advancing to the next round.

Rookie Seth Jarvis scored twice and former Ranger Antti Raanta finished the tournament with 34 saves to help the Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 5-1 and 3-2 in the best-of-seven series on Tuesday night to take the lead.

With the win in Game 5, the Hurricanes have two chances to take out the Bruins. Game 6 is Thursday in Boston and Game 7, if required, on Saturday on home ice.

No team has yet secured a road win in the series. It wasn’t nearly as far in this case either. Carolina shrugged off flawed performances in Boston that sent a parade of Hurricanes into the penalty box and carried the action in a cleaner performance.

“We know how we have to play,” said defenseman Tony DeAngelo, another former Ranger who scored in the first half.

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Former ranger Antti Raanta saves for the Hurricanes.
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“Penalty kicks put us out of our game in the last game. … If we’re 5-on-5 in our game, we’re very confident that we’re going to win.”

According to DeAngelo, the Hurricanes have beaten the Bruins 12-6 in five games in a five-on-five game. This time they committed just three penalties in one night with far less scuffles and antics after both teams had blown the game.

Defender Jaccob Slavin added a first-half goal for Carolina while Vincent Trocheck scored an empty net. By the time it was over, Carolina had scored five goals in front of her rowdy, rowdy crowd for the third time in as many series games.

Raanta was sharp all night, highlighted by stopping a left alone Brad Marchand at the top of the crease by putting his left wrist on the puck in the first period. He carried a shutout until the middle of the third.

“It’s just about going out there and fighting,” Raanta said, adding, “The whole team played great before me. You have made my job a lot easier.”

Boston’s Connor Clifton made it 4-1 in a hurry while Jeremy Swayman finished with 33 saves. But after hitting twice on the power play in each of the last two games, Boston missed just three chances – and twice conceded penalties to negate his man advantage.

Boston has knocked Carolina out of the playoffs twice in the past three postseasons, first with a four-game sweep in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals and then with a five-game streak in the first round in the Toronto bubble a year later. Now it’s the Bruins who face elimination.

“Obviously it’s a do-or-die situation,” Marchand said. “It’s not where we want to be. But all that matters is that we regroup and prepare for the next one.

“We know they’re going to put the pressure on. You are a good team. You can see they are very hungry right now.” Seth Jarvis and Antti Raanta help the Hurricanes outplay the Bruins


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