Top Ad
I DIG Radio
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Bruins sweep their way into Cup Final

Written by 
Published in Hockey
Friday, 17 May 2019 05:00

The Boston Bruins are back to the Stanley Cup Final -- their first since 2013, though professional sports teams in Boston have hardly suffered since then -- knocking out the Carolina Hurricanes in a sweep.

Here's a recap of last night's action (check out replays of every playoff game on ESPN+) and what to watch for tonight, in today's edition of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily:

Jump ahead: Last night's game | Three stars
Play of the night | Today's game | Social post of the day

About last night ...

Game 4: Boston Bruins 4, Carolina Hurricanes 0 (Bruins win the series 4-0)

Let's be honest: the Canes were telegraphing mental exhaustion over the past few days, and a Boston series win felt inevitable after the Bruins took Game 3 in Raleigh. In Game 4, Carolina just couldn't sustain any pressure. The Canes had only four shots in the second frame, including a 14-minute stretch without any, and then didn't register one for more than half of the third period.

Even without captain Zdeno Chara, the Bruins put up a solid defensive effort in one of their more complete performances of the postseason. It didn't help the Canes that Boston's top line is sizzling hot; the trio accounted for all four of the Bruins' goals. You can boil down Boston's domination in this series to two factors:

  • 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.

  • The Canes' special teams were a liability; Boston's were awesome.

Three stars

1. Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins. Two goals and an assist from Bergeron paced the Bruins on Thursday. Over the past seven games, the top line is 11-0 in goals for versus goals against, with 77 percent of the high-danger shot attempts, according to Natural Stat Trick.

2. David Pastrnak, LW, Boston Bruins. Pastrnak added a goal and two assists. His one-timer, off a feed from Brad Marchand, was clinic.

3. Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins. Once the Bruins scored their second goal, it felt all but certain they would win. There was no way the Canes were scoring three goals on Rask after how sharp he has been this series.

Play of the night

The Bruins' top line was guilty of trying to be a little too cute -- and making one too many passes -- on a few chances in the first period. It finally worked out for them with this gorgeous second-period goal.

Dud of the night

After Game 3, Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton admitted that the Canes' power play hadn't been good "for some time." They didn't have enough time to fix it for Game 4.

Carolina went just 1-for-14 on the man advantage in this series (7.1 percent) and finished the postseason 5-for-52 (9.6 percent).

(The Bruins, meanwhile, were 7-for-15 in the series, converting at nearly a 43 percent rate.)

On the schedule

San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues, Game 4, 8 p.m. ET (Sharks lead the series 2-1)

Was the botched no-call on the game-winning overtime goal in Game 3 a cruel way for the St. Louis Blues to lose? Yes. Is it going to change? No. The Blues need a mental reset; they can't lament what's already done. Players told reporters in the off day that they wouldn't wallow, but that's easier said than done.

St. Louis may be without defenseman Vince Dunn, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury (he's been having a breakout season, and plays point on the power play). A positive for San Jose? Erik Karlsson finally broke his goalless streak, scoring his first goal in more than five months -- a span of 31 games without one.

Social post of the day

There are few things in sports more pure than the playoff handshake line.


"I'm proud of, obviously, what we've done; I'm proud that we've gotten ourselves relevant again." -- Carolina captain Justin Williams

Read 1089 times


Marsch: U.S. past helps Leeds handle U.K. heat

Marsch: U.S. past helps Leeds handle U.K. heat

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has said his experience in the United States will help prepare the...

Sterling: Lack of game time led to Man City exit

Sterling: Lack of game time led to Man City exit

Raheem Sterling has said his unwillingness to accept a lack of game time at Manchester City led to h...

Something fishy? Coentrao receives 2021 ban

Something fishy? Coentrao receives 2021 ban

Former Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao has been handed a one-match ban and an €850 fine -- a ye...


Lawyer: Bryant crash photos shared 'for a laugh'

Lawyer: Bryant crash photos shared 'for a laugh'

LOS ANGELES -- An institutional "culture of callousness" led Los Angeles County deputies and firefig...

Celts given top win total with Suns on their heels

Celts given top win total with Suns on their heels

The Boston Celtics, the consensus betting favorite to win the 2022-23 NBA title, have the highest pr...


Joey Votto: Field of Dreams game 'an exceptional moment in my life'

Joey Votto: Field of Dreams game 'an exceptional moment in my life'

MLB's Field of Dreams game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs on Thursday holds special si...

A year after going all-in on their rebuild, where are the Cubs now?

A year after going all-in on their rebuild, where are the Cubs now?

CHICAGO -- Last Tuesday, at the brink of MLB's trade deadline, Chicago Cubs president of baseball op...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation
  • NFL

    Nactional Football Leagues
  • FISB

    Federation Internationale de Speedball

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.


Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.