Max Domi scored twice in the second period while Antti Raanta had 27 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the visiting Boston Bruins 3-2 on Saturday to win the deciding Game 7 of their first-round playoff series in Raleigh, N.C.
Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes, who finally put away a Bruins team that had ousted them from the playoffs in two of the past three post-seasons. That ended a series in which neither team could manage a road win, with the Hurricanes eventually getting the final word backed by yet 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.
Raanta, who had never started a postseason game before this series, was again steady in net. He had probably his best stop on a full-split save to deny Taylor Hall near the left post in the first period of a scoreless game.
Jake DeBrusk scored a second-period goal for the Bruins, while David Pastrnak had one with 21.7 seconds left with Boston having pulled Jeremy Swayman for the extra attacker.
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From there, the Hurricanes had to hang on through one final clock-killing shift to protect the lead before they could finally celebrate.
Swayman finished with 28 saves for Boston.
Later, after DeBrusk had beaten Raanta from the top of the crease, Teravainen whipped a pass to Domi for a one-timer that blasted the puck past Swayman at 10:33 of the second for the 3-1 lead.
The Bruins, a tested veteran squad, were in the playoffs for the sixth straight season. That run included a sweep of the Hurricanes in the 2019 Eastern Conference finals, as well as a five-game win in the first round of the Toronto bubble a year later.
This time, the Hurricanes never trailed in the series before finally grinding through after dominating the Bruins in three regular-season meetings. And the Bruins head into an off-season with some uncertainty about the future of captain and longtime No. 1 centre Patrice Bergeron, who can become an unrestricted free agent after 18 seasons with the team.
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