In case you haven't been watching television in the past three months, there is a hurricane warning in effect for Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes are storming right now and the Boston Bruins are the latest victim.
Game Four was all Jussi Jokinen again, as the Juice was loose with the game-winning goal, and two more assists.
Eric Staal scored on the power-play to get the scoring started in Game Four five minutes into the game.
The first 10 minutes of this hockey game was full of hits and shots, and the Caniacs were as loud as ever. In my honest opinion, it was one of the loudest crowds in the NHL this season at least. The crowd was in it through the whole game.
Early in the second, Marc Savard showed us how savvy he could be scoring on the power-play.
However, another costly penalty by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara put the Hurricanes on the power-play. Without the best defenseman on the team, Chara, the Bruins could not kill the penalty and Jussi Jokinen put one in on Thomas to make it a 2-1 game.
Halfway through the third, the game was all Hurricanes as the "Finnish Line" of Sergei Samsonov, Tuomo Ruutu, and Jussi Jokinen hooked up for the second straight night to put the Canes on the board 3-1. (I won't even go into detail about how Samsonov is Russian and he plays on the Finnish Line).
Eric Staal finished the game off late with a goal on the delayed penalty as he helped the Canes put the Bruins on the brink of elimination with the 4-1 victory Friday night.
The play that I believe may have fueled the entire game for the Canes was very early on the power-play in the first period. The Canes gave up a turnover, and Cam Ward made a dandy of a save on P.J. Axelsson on the breakaway. Shortly after, Staal scored the first goal, and the crowd came alive.
Eric Staal has now scored nine goals and three assists in the playoffs, and he also has 15 goals in his last 16 games.
In games Eric Staal has a goal in the playoffs, the Hurricanes are 7-0. In games he is pointless, the Hurricanes are 0-4. Playoff beards are growing strong in Raleigh.