Bergeron 2OT winner lifts Bruins in game opener of NHL playoffs

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Montreal (AFP)

Patrice Bergeron of Boston scored 1:13 in the second overtime Wednesday to give the Bruins a 4-3 National Hockey League victory over Carolina in a postponed playoff game.

It was the first triumph in four games in the Eastern Conference bubble in Toronto for the Bruins, who led the NHL in wins and points when the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season on March 12.

Boston went winless in three seedings before the playoffs, leaving them only as a fourth seed despite their solid effort in the regular season.

Then they had to wait an extra day to face the Hurricanes as they both watched Tampa Bay beat Columbus on five occasions on Tuesday, a six-hour marathon that became the fourth longest game in the history of the NHL and urged officials to relocate Boston. -Carolina faces off the next morning.

When that game passed the first time overrun, the Bruins wondered how long they might have to play the best of the series’ first seven games in the first round.

“We talked about trying to end this before fifth overtime, so very happy with that,” Bergeron said.

“A lot of good things from our team. We get better from one game to the next. We have to keep doing the little things to help us win. It’s all about victories. ”

David Pastrnak, Charlie Coyle and David Krejci scored in regulation for the Bruins, who also made 25 saves from goalie Tuukka Rask.

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour was running away after the game over his failed challenge from Coyle’s goal in the second period, which looked like a hand pass.

The league’s decision was for Carolina goaltender Petr Mrazek to control the puck, canceling the pass with his hand, but Brind’Amour was upset that the call on the ice was unclear – which, according to him, led to his unsuccessful challenge.

“That’s why the league is kidding, in my opinion, on these things,” Brind’Amour told News & Observer – comments that resulted in a quick $ 25,000 fine from the league.

Joel Edmundson, Brock McGinn and Haydn Fleury have scored for the Hurricanes, who will try to level the series on Thursday.

Elsewhere in the East, Jakub Voracek and Joel Farabee scored and Carter Hart made 27 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

And the New York Islanders scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat Washington 4-2.

The Colorado Avalanche scored three goals in 1:03 in the third period in a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes in their Western Conference opener in Edmonton.

Mikko Rantanen, JT Compher and Nazem Kadri scored, and Philipp Grubauer made 14 saves for the second seeded Avs.

And the Vancouver Canucks scored three goals in the third period for a 5-2 win over reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues.

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