Brad Marchand, Bruins Rally Past Hurricanes in Game 4 Behind 3rd-Period Outburst

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2020

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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The Boston Bruins grabbed a commanding 3-1 series lead on the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-3 win in Game 4 on Monday night.  

Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead 11:40 into the third period, and Jake DeBrusk doubled their advantage minutes later.

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Teuvo Teravainen got a goal back for the Hurricanes with 1:27 left on the clock. Carolina pulled goaltender James Reimer, but the extra man couldn't help the team force overtime.

Boston finished with a 33-19 edge in shots, which doesn't accurately reflect how the game unfolded. The Bruins' attack was mostly silent before exploding in the third period.

Coming back from this kind of collapse will be difficult for Carolina.


Notable Performers

Jake DeBrusk, LW, Bruins: 2 goals, 3 SOG

Brad Marchand, LW, Bruins: 1 goal, 5 SOG

Joakim Nordstrom, LW, Bruins: 1 assist, 2 SOG, 7 hits

Justin Williams, RW, Hurricanes: 1 goal, 5 SOG


Third-Period Surge Puts Bruins in Driver's Seat

With 7:30 gone in the third period, the Bruins trailed 2-0. Less than seven minutes later, they were ahead 4-2.

DeBrusk got Boston's first goal at the 7:26 mark, and Connor Clifton tied things up with 10:10 off the clock.

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The Bruins simply steamrolled the Hurricanes in the third period before Teravainen's goal.

Shayna @hayyyshayyy

Yikes. Via NaturalStatTrick, the Bruins are out-attempting the Hurricanes 26-4 in all situations in the third and outshooting them 15-0. https://t.co/YpFuSi3Ull

Liam McHugh @liam_mchugh

The Bruins have 4 goals in the 3rd period. The Canes have 0 SOG in the 3rd. This is pure domination--speed, skill, physical play--and it's all without Pastrnak.

Devin Heroux @Devin_Heroux

Third period stats: Goals - Bruins 4 Canes 0 Shots - Bruins 15 Canes 0 Score 4-2 with time ticking away.

Nobody will be happier about the Bruins' turnaround than Jaroslav Halak, who looked shaky in his second start since replacing Tuukka Rask.

The 35-year-old wasn't a total sieve Monday, but the Hurricanes' first two goals resulted from shots he could've saved. Perhaps he caught the trajectory of Williams' effort a little late because of the bodies in front of the net. When it came to Jordan Martinook's tally, he had no excuses.

Ian McLaren @iancmclaren

Crazy thing is that 2nd goal on Halak isn't even the first time a Bruins goalie has burst the bubble this week.

Scott McLaughlin @smclaughlin9

You can win with Game 3 Halak. Game 4 Halak is not going to cut it.

If Carolina has any chance of overcoming its massive series deficit, Halak might hold the key.


Hurricanes Waste Strong Start

Carolina was without the services of Andrei Svechnikov, who underwent an MRI on Sunday after getting hurt in Game 3. That opened up a spot on the Hurricanes' first line, with coach Rod Brind'Amour giving the nod to Martinook.

The 28-year-old delivered when he scored the Hurricanes' second goal of the game in the second period.

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In general, Martinook seamlessly fit into his new position.

x-Cardiac Cane @CardiacCane

Martinook and Aho have some good chemistry. #BOSvsCAR

Chip Alexander @ice_chip

Martinook making his coach looking like a genius. Scores off the rush. 2-0.

According to the News & Observer's Luke DeCock, Svechnikov had a boot on his right ankle, which isn't a reassuring sign as to his availability for Game 5 and beyond. Getting this kind of effort from Martinook might become more necessary over the remainder of the series.

Justin Williams put Carolina ahead with 9:17 left in the first period.

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Heading into the final frame, Carolina looked to be in firm control. Then things started slowly unraveling almost from the minute the period opened.

The Bruins looked like a different team and were the far more aggressive squad. That was never more evident than when Charlie McAvoy laid a big hit on Jordan Staal that sent the Hurricanes forward to the locker room. Moments after that, Clifton delivered the game-tying goal.

Stephen Whyno @SWhyno

Charlie McAvoy trucks Jordan Staal, Hurricanes captain gets up and goes right down the tunnel, Connor Clifton scores, Brad Marchand scores. The Bruins, folks.

From there, a go-ahead score felt inevitable for Boston.


What's Next?

The two teams are back on the ice Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, with television coverage on NBCSN in the United States.