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PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina Attendance: 19,513
With a home-ice edge, Hurricanes face Bruins in Game 7
Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes
- The Bruins have a 15-13 record in Game 7s: 14-9 in Boston and 1-4 on the road. But the Bruins' only road win in a Game 7 came in their last seventh game played away from home, at Vancouver in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final (won 4-0).
- The Hartford Whalers were 0-3 in Game 7s but the Carolina Hurricanes are 5-0. (Their most recent Game 7 was a double-overtime victory at Washington in 2019.) The Hurricanes have the longest current winning streak in Game 7s of any NHL team.
- The home team has won every game in this series. The last Stanley Cup playoff series in which the home team won all seven games was San Jose's second-round series victory against Nashville in 2016.
- Four rookie goaltenders have started a Game 7 for the Bruins: Frank Brimsek (1939 vs. Rangers, won 2-1 in triple-OT), Mike Moffat (1982 vs. Quebec, lost 2-1), Andrew Raycroft (2004, lost 2-0 vs. Montreal, one GA) and Tuukka Rask (2010, lost 4-3 vs. Flyers).
- Brad Marchand leads all players with 11 points in this series. (No other player has more than eight points; no other Bruin has more than six points). This is the first time Marchand has recorded 10 or more points in one playoff series in his NHL career.
- Andrei Svechnikov scored both Carolina goals in Game 6. It was the third multiple-goal game of Svechnikov's NHL/Hurricanes playoff career and first since 2020. The only players with more multi-goal games in the playoffs for Hartford or Carolina than Svechnikov are Kevin Dineen and Sebastian Aho (four each).
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Win or go home.
The season will be on the line for both sides when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.
The Bruins forced the deciding contest with a 5-2 win in Game 6 on Thursday in Boston.
"This is what you play for," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Guys should be excited. Game 7, Stanley Cup playoffs, home or road. I'd rather be at home, but we play where we play. I'd play on Mars if we had to."
For Cassidy's crew to knock out the Hurricanes, they'll have to do something they have yet to accomplish thus far in the postseason -- be victorious in Raleigh.
"We've got to win now one road game," Cassidy said. "That's what's in front of us. We knew that when we started this series. We'd have to win a road game, at least one, if we wanted to advance. So here it is."
Depth proved to be a strength for the Bruins in Game 6, with four of the five goals coming from someone other than their usual go-to scorers, Brad Marchand and captain Patrice Bergeron.
"You always want to help out and produce, but you just want to play the right way," said Charlie Coyle, who had a goal and an assist and sits tied for second on the team in postseason scoring. "That's all it is, no matter who you're playing with.
"We got a lot of contributions from different guys (Thursday). ... We're just glad we got the job done."
Carolina hopes the trend of home-ice advantage, which has factored into each side skating away victorious in their own rinks, continues for Saturday's tilt.
"Everybody is obviously excited about it. It's do or die," goalie Antti Raanta said. "With how the series has been, home teams have been successful. We're hoping that we can keep that going and get the energy from the crowd."
Stronger play on special teams at home has been key for the Hurricanes. After going 0-for-3 on the power play in the series opener, Carolina went 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) in Games 2 and 5. At the other end, the Hurricanes' penalty killers have held the Bruins to one goal on 11 opportunities through three games in Raleigh.
"You need everyone playing detailed hockey and limiting your mistakes as best you can," captain Jordan Staal said. "And obviously just trusting in our game. Those are all the things we faltered at (Thursday). We have to come out in Game 7 with an effort that we obviously need to beat this team."
The Hurricanes are looking for more from their top-end talent, who have struggled to produce as the series has progressed. Andrei Svechnikov scored both goals on Thursday, his first tallies since Game 1.
Sebastian Aho had two assists in Game 5 but hasn't scored since striking twice in Game 2.
"We say it all the time, but we've got to get everyone going," coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Let's just be blunt. If you play poorly here, then you're going to be in trouble. It was nice to see (Svechnikov) get a couple, but we need everybody to be ready to roll next game."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 14, 2022