Raleigh, NC ( Associated Press) – Max Domi scored twice in the second period while Antti Ranta made 27 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Saturday to win Game 7 of their first-round playoff series .
Tuvo Teravenen also scored for the Hurricanes, eventually eliminating a Bruins team that had knocked them out of the playoffs in two of the previous three seasons. This ended a series in which neither team could manage a road victory, with the Hurricanes eventually getting the last word backed by another rowdy and loud home crowd.
Carolina advanced to the second round to face the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 between the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Domi was an unexpected star in this. Carolina acquired him before the March trade deadline, and he rewarded them by scoring the first postseason goals of his career. He also assisted Teravenen’s goal and delivered a perfect pass at the top of the crease for the first period putaway.
Ranta, who had never started a post-season game before this series, was again steady in the nets. He had perhaps his best stop on a full-split save to deny Taylor Hall near left post in the first round of a scoreless game.
Jake Debrusk scored a second-period goal for the Bruins, while David Pasternak had a goal with 21.7 seconds, with Boston pulling Jeremy Swaman for the extra attacker.
From there, the Hurricanes had to hang through one final clock-killing innings to defend the lead before finally celebrating.
Swayman made 28 saves for Boston.
The Bruins found themselves playing catch-up after Domi’s first goal, who had her skate to the left to bury the redirect effort at 3:14 of the second from Jordan Staal.
Later, after Debrisc had defeated Ranta over the crease, Teravenen hit a pass for a one-timer to Domi, who overtook Swiemann at 10:33 of the second for a 3–1 lead.
The Bruins, a seasoned veteran squad, were in the playoffs for the sixth straight season. That run included the Hurricanes’ sweep of the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals, as well as a five-game victory in the first round of the Toronto Bubble a year later.
This time around, the Hurricanes never held back in the series before finally grinding to a halt after dominating the Bruins in three regular-season meetings. And the Bruins go into an offseason with some uncertainty about the future of captain and longtime No. 1 center Patrice Bergeron, who could become an unrestricted free agent after 18 seasons with the team.
The Hurricanes improved 6-0 in Game 7s since the former Hartford Whalers were transferred to North Carolina in 1997. This includes the 2006 Stanley Cup Final against Edmonton, as well as a second-round series win on the road to Boston in 2009.
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It is the first time Boston has crashed out of the playoffs without winning a series since falling into a six-match series in Ottawa in 2017.
He had the largest home crowd in franchise history for the Hurricanes with an attendance of 19,513. It surpassed the previous mark of 19,495 set during the final victory in the New York Islanders’ second-round sweep in 2019.
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