BOSTON ( Associated Press) — Brad Marchand scored one goal and assisted on another, and Jeremy Swimman blocked 23 shots to lead the Boston Bruins in a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night and their first-round playoff. sent the series into a decisive seventh game.
The home team has won all six games in the series so far – an edge for Carolina, who will host Game 7 on Saturday. The winner will play the Penguins or Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals; Pittsburgh leads that series 3-2 in Game 6 on Friday night.
Two days after a 5-1 loss at Carolina – their third blowout loss on the road – the Bruins returned to TD Garden in what may be the last home game for future Hall of Famer Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins captain has declined to talk about his future during the season.
Andrei Svechnikov twice and Antti Ranta made 29 saves for the Hurricanes, who have won three games by a combined score of 15-4 and lost three on aggregate 14-6.
Charlie Coyle also scored for Boston, and Eric Houla and Derek Forbort added third-period goals before Curtis Ledger returned the puck into the empty net with 4:17 to play.
Marchand broke a scoreless tie at 46 seconds in the second period, taking a long cross-ice pass from Conor Clifton and skating in the right circle before wristing Ranta’s glove.
Coyle gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the final two minutes of the period, hitting a trickling rebound off David Pasternak’s one-timer. Svechnikov made it a one-goal game at the start of the third, before Houla and Forbort gave Boston his throne back.
Svechnikov’s second goal came with 2:30 remaining to spear Marchand during a power play for a double minor.
bye bye burgi
In a career spanning 18 years, with Boston, Bergeron scored 400 goals with 582 assists and won the Selke Award as best two-way forward four times. He won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and went to the finals twice.
The 36-year-old Canadian is unsigned for next season.
Notes: Bruins defenseman Hamps Lindholm returns after missing the last three games with a head injury. He led the team in ice time. … Cuckoo also had an assist and Tomas Nosek had two assists for Boston.
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