Raanta, Hurricanes defeat Bruins in Game 1 of Eastern First Round

Raanta, Hurricanes defeat Bruins in Game 1 of Eastern First Round

RALEIGH, N.C. — Antti Raanta made 35 saves in his first Stanley Cup Playoffs get started, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 5-1 in Recreation 1 of the Jap Convention First Spherical at PNC Enviornment on Monday.

“For me, it was obviously the first start in the playoffs in the NHL,” Raanta mentioned. “I was just trying to focus on the things that have (allowed me) to be successful. It was working nicely. But it’s only one game, one win, and now it’s just regrouping and getting ready for Wednesday.”

Recreation 2 will probably be performed right here on Wednesday.

Raanta were given the beginning instead of Frederik Andersen, who performed 52 regular-season video games (51 begins) for the Hurricanes, ignored the general six with a lower-body harm and used to be dominated out on Sunday. Raanta entered the sport with 5 occupation reduction appearances within the postseason, two with the Arizona Coyotes in 2020 and 3 with the New York Rangers in 2016.

“‘Rants’ played really well, made some big save,” Hurricanes trainer Rod Brind’Amour mentioned. “Then we got our game going a little bit in the second.”

Video: BOS@CAR, Gm1: Raanta reaches again, robs Smith in 1st

Vincent Trocheck and Seth Jarvis every had a purpose and an lend a hand, and Nino Niederreiter, Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov scored for Carolina.

Taylor Corridor scored for Boston, and Linus Ullmark made 20 saves in his NHL playoff debut.

The Bruins outshot the Hurricanes 9-1 within the first six mins. Hurricanes defenseman Brendan Smith cleared a puck from the purpose line after Craig Smith‘s shot at 5:03 trickled via Raanta, who then stopped consecutive pictures 32 seconds later by means of Derek Forbort and Charlie Coyle from between the face-off circles to stay the sport scoreless.

“Their goalie made saves, and there’s some pucks around the front of the net we just couldn’t locate or take the right path too, but they were there,” Bruins trainer Bruce Cassidy mentioned. “[Raanta] is paid to play too, and he did a good job and he held them in the game early on. We were ready to play, just couldn’t put anything in the net early on.”

Jarvis, a 20-year-old rookie, gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 16:28 of the second one duration when he tipped Jaccob Slavin‘s one-timer from the suitable level. Niederreiter prolonged it to 2-0, scoring 2:10 after on a wrist shot from above the left face-off circle via a Jordan Staal display screen.

“There was a lot of net-front going on with Jordan,” Niederreiter mentioned. “When he’s the big man in front, nobody sees anything. I was just trying to get the puck to the net and luckily it went in. It was definitely a big goal.”

Video: BOS@CAR, Gm1: Jarvis opens scoring with tip-in purpose

Corridor minimize the result in 2-1 at 2:53 of the 3rd duration with a one-timer from between the circles off an Erik Haula cross from in the back of the web ahead of Teravainen made it 3-1 at 7:02, taking a cross from Trocheck on a 2-on-1 and scoring underneath the crossbar.

“The Teravainen goal was really big,” Brind’Amour mentioned. “I don’t think we had much action going on, and they were kind of coming. That settled it down a little bit for the rest of the game.”

Trocheck then prolonged it to 4-1 at 16:59, banking a backhand shot off Ullmark’s masks from the purpose line.

“The (fourth) goal wouldn’t have mattered, short side,” Cassidy mentioned. “[Ullmark] is going to tell you it’s not a great goal to give up, but by then it’s 4-1 so we’re not going to put anything on Ullmark. Whatever goalie is in there for us, you got to fight to find pucks in this series.”

Video: BOS@CAR, Gm1: Trocheck beats Ullmark from sharp perspective

Svechnikov scored an empty-net purpose with 2:01 left for the 5-1 ultimate.

“They do play a really good playoff-style of hockey, and I’m sure that they’re really looking forward to trying to beat the Bruins,” Corridor mentioned. “It’s been a couple series now that that hasn’t gone their way, and they play playoff hockey so it’s going to be a long series no matter what happened tonight.”

The groups are assembly within the playoffs for the 3rd time in 4 seasons. Boston swept Carolina within the 2018-19 Jap Convention Ultimate and received in 5 video games within the first spherical in 2019-20.

NOTES: Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy had an lend a hand and performed a game-high 24:08. … Jarvis completed the steady season on a seven-game level streak (seven video games; 3 objectives, 4 assists) . …Slavin has 20 NHL playoff issues (two objectives, 18 assists) to tie Dave Babych (seven objectives, 13 assists from 1986-90) for many issues by means of a defenseman in Hartford Whalers/Hurricanes historical past. … Raanta is the 3rd goalie in NHL historical past to make 5 occupation playoff appearances in reduction ahead of beginning a sport, becoming a member of Peter Budaj (5 video games) and Juuse Saros (seven video games). … Teravainen moved into 6th at the Hurricanes’ all-time playoff purpose checklist together with his tenth occupation purpose.

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