Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins - 5/16/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins - 5/16/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins - 5/16/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

On its longest postseason win streak since reeling off nine straight in 1972, Boston earned a break before taking on the West victor.

If Rask can maintain those numbers throughout the Stanley Cup Final - the Bruins will face the victor of the ongoing Sharks-Blues series - he'd go down as having one of the best playoff runs in recent memory.

The Bruins eliminated the Carolina Hurricanes with a 4-0 win and reached their third Stanley Cup Final in nine years.

They won't spend the break worrying about losing the momentum of their longest postseason winning streak in almost half a century.

The Carolina Hurricanes surprised many in the 2nd half of the season and they came into this series having won their last six games in a row, but they just can't seem to figure out the Bruins.

This is to say take the historical numbers as you will, because if past results have taught us anything, it's that neither sweeping the semifinal round or clawing to make it through provides a clear-cut advantage when it comes to winning the Stanley Cup. "The leaders have been through a lot, I guess, ups and downs, and ... you realize how hard it is to get to this point, so you've got to be thankful for that". The Canes lost two of three to the Bruins during the regular season and now they are down 3-0 in this best-of-seven series.

They found their stride in their second-round series with Columbus, advancing in six games after winning the final three.

He may not rival Jonathan Quick's 2012 run when the Kings star went 16-4 with an insane.946 save percentage and 1.41 GAA - the best post-season goalie performance of the salary cap era - but he's not too far off. With Rask stopping 109 of the 114 shots he faced in the series, the Bruins trailed in only one game - the first one. Two goals and an assist from Bergeron paced the Bruins on Thursday.

Get tickets to the National Hockey League playoff games via StubHub, PrimeSport and SeatGeek. After a pair of bang-bang power-play goals in the third period of that one, Carolina never led again. The Bruins have the most goals (57, and their 3.35 goals per game ranks first), the fewest goals against (33, and their 1.94 goals against per game leads the way) and the best power play (34 percent) and penalty kill (86.3 percent).

Tuukka Rask (a 24-save shutout in Game 4) leveled up to an elite tier of performance, and that's now two straight series-clinching shutouts. "I've never seen anybody play like him and the whole playoffs, this guy's just on another level".

Chara joined his teammates on the ice for the post-series handshake line with Carolina, and while coach Bruce Cassidy declined to elaborate on the nature of Chara's injury, he did say he's expected back for the start of the Cup final. "The break will do him some good".

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