I apologize for the, I swear, unintentional pun on the Boston Bruins giving wind back to the Carolina Hurricanes. That was twice the case, figuratively and literally, in the Bruins’ 5-1 opening loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
After a 3-0-0 against the Boston Bruins in the 2021-22 regular season and a 16-1 win over the Bruins, the Canes are not 4-0-0 and have outplayed the Bruins 21-2 over that span. The Bruins and their fans can try and shoot whatever they want, but the Bruins didn’t beat themselves, the Hurricanes beat them. Like I said here, the Boston Bruins had a lot more to do, but you can’t ignore the fact that the Hurricanes wouldn’t let them.
The Canes benefited from a strong first half from backup goalie Antti Raanta in his first-ever start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they helped Raanta well by limiting the Bruins’ second chances. The Boston Bruins also struggled with their signature switching game midway through the second period and late in the third.
Believe the Bruins, they played a great away game in the first half and showed signs of life again early in the third, but as you really expected, the Hurricanes appear to be just the 2011 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup team that paid their dues and finally broke through to the Promised Land. I’ve had them return to the Eastern Conference Finals again, and while I don’t see them being swept away like the Bruins in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals, they will fall to the team that has more fate in their favor, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Here’s my Game 1 against the Boston Bruins’ disappointing start in Game 1 of their quest for the seventh Stanley Cup in franchise history. If they play too many boosts like they did in Game 1, Patrice Bergeron’s NHL career could be over in Game 2 in a week.