Bruins' season ends with Game 7 losing in Carolina

Bruins’ season ends with Game 7 losing in Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina – The Bruins’ season ended Saturday night with a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the PNC Arena.

Boston once again succumbed to the first goal in Carolina, although they had an early opening opportunity when Hurricanes goalkeeper Ante Ranta stole Taylor Hall At a 2 on 1 chance, the hurricanes responded with a score from Teofu Travanainen with only 1:24 left in the first half to make the score 1-0.

“We found ourselves on our own early on,” Bruce Cassidy, coach of the Bruins, said of Hall’s chance. “They got the first goal…a big save in time by Ranta. If we bury that 2 on 1, things might change in a match like today when it’s hard to score. They don’t give you much. You get the lead, a little bit of Adversity is now on their side… but it didn’t turn out that way.”

With 58 seconds left at the start, Hall was assessed as a four-minute short for his insistence on Carolina defender Tony D’Angelo, leaving the B team with only one boy over three minutes remaining on the kill to open the second. Boston killed the double-hit, but the Hurricanes struck after just 11 seconds to build a 2-0 lead over Max Domy the first of the game.

“We then end up with some crashes,” Cassidy said. “We’re proud of ourselves in covering Area D, we’ve done really well all year and a couple of crashes, yes, they play, but more we have to not get the job done defensively, being in the right places, being successful, so maybe where I’ve been disappointed the most. It ends up…

“It’s game 89 and we’re so proud of ourselves for that, we did a very good job from top to bottom of the squad regardless of who was involved and it’s clear credit to them for finishing those plays when we weren’t in the right spots.”

Bruins received some life as early as a second when Jake Debrosk Cut the deficit in half at 5:04 from the middle frame, and, moments later, Trent Frederick He hit the post from the hole that would have held the match, 2-2. But in another massive momentum swing, Carolina regained his two-goal lead just seconds later when Domi scored his second goal in the 10:33 second.

“At that point, you’re a shot away,” said Captain Bruins. Patrice Bergeron. “We got some jumps out of it, got the momentum back, did some good transitions, good looks. We had a couple good looks in the beginning too, if those bounces go your way, that’s a different game. It’s easy to say now. Kudos to them, they played a streak. Great, great game. They are progressing.”

Video: Cassidy speaks after the Bruins lost Game 7

As early as the third, Quill and Craig Smith He had a 2-on-1 that could cut the deficit back to one, but the puck jumped over Coyle’s wand. Boston scored a goal with 20.5 seconds left David Pasternak He got one off the doorstep, but despite scrambling to tie the match during the final seconds, the Bruins came in short.

“You just get a lot of kicks,” Cassidy said. “We were in the second period of match 2 here, I think it was 4-1 and things were not going well. And there were some messages. I know I talked to the players, ‘Hey, this is a good group that has improved over a year.'” And we have to start building our game very soon here because you are going to give this team life. “Even though we didn’t win that match, that was the beginning of our return to the series.

“We came home, we played better. So tonight was kind of going to be the end of that building and we move on to the next round. But that was our goal and that’s what we discussed… that’s why they were disappointed.”

Bergeron added that he was proud of the group to recover from a 2-0 deficit to force a seventh game against the second best team in the East during the regular season, as well as the return of the club as a whole during the second half of the season. the year.

“It hurts and it’s not the feeling you wanted,” Bergeron said. “But that being said, we did it together.” “It’s always hard to say when you fail, but it’s something to be proud of. We’ve struggled. It’s something we’ve been doing all year, to be honest with you. We started the show this year and this series was kind of the same.”

“We struggled our way back and played the kind of hockey we needed to get ahead. But tonight, we were late and we needed more.”

Brad Marchand He said he thought the Bruins had a team that could go on a deep run if they could get past the Hurricanes in the opening round.

“Every year that you go into the playoffs, you hope to take a long, deep run and get a good chance to fight for that cup,” Marchand said. “We knew we were going to have our hands full with this team. They’ve been fantastic all year, very well trained, and very well disciplined in their system. They have a lot of depth.

“We knew it was going to be a tough fight but we also knew that if we got past this team we were going to take a deep run. I think this is probably the toughest group coming out of the East with this group. We were hoping to beat them.

“It always hurts, and it always will. You only get a few opportunities like this throughout your career where you have a legitimate opportunity to go away and we thought we had that this year. It hurts.”

Video: Marchand speaks to the media after losing the seventh match

hard way

In the end, the Bruins were unable to breach the PNC Arena, dropping all four of the road games at Raleigh, in addition to their only regular trip of the season to North Carolina.

“Road games are hurting us in the long run,” Bergeron said. “I thought it was close. It’s a good team we just played and we knew it was going to be a tough streak, we knew it was going to be a long streak. We expected it. We needed one down the road and we couldn’t not.”

“They are playing better at home,” Brad Marchand added. “They get the matches they want and the same thing when we go home, we get the matches we want and we feed our energy from our crowd, they do it well here.

“That’s what you play all year round is the advantage of ice on the ground. That’s why because when you’re good at home it counts in qualifying and so do we. We needed to win a road match and we didn’t.

uncertain future

After the match, Bergeron said that he had not yet had time to think about his future. 36 years and 18 yearsy The NHL season is now over, and he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

“It’s too early now,” Bergeron said. “It’s very new at the moment. Still stinging from a hard-earned streak. We’ve come up short. I’ll have to think about it, but I’m not around now.”

Marchand was emotional discussing his longtime teammate and friend after the match.

He’s the backbone of our team,” Marchand said. “Obviously the bulk of our squad. We want him back, but whatever happens, he’s got the right to make whatever decision he wants and take the time he needs. I think time will tell.

“That’s why it probably hurts this guy the most who is the unknown next year with him. He’s done so much for this group and sacrificed so much that it was good to do well for him. It’s disappointing.”

Video: Bergeron addresses the media after losing the seventh match

2022-05-15 06:24:48

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