The Carolina Hurricanes lost to the Boston Bruins 5-2 in game one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night. McElhinney went 3-0-0 with a 1.56 GAA and.947 SV% after entering the series midway through Game 2 and leads all playoff netminders with a.956 5v5 SV%.
That was Jackets coach John Tortorella speaking with reporters last night, hours after he had predicted a game six victory.
The second period turned into a game of chasing Carolina, of looking to fight an opposing player over fighting for the puck, of reaching and trailing and gasping and flailing.
Columbus captain Nick Foligno's response to the play: "I'm not going to go there". "Guys they know it, they got to dig in". In three games he had four goals and three assists.
San Jose host the decisive game seven on Wednesday. "You're not sitting there nursing it by any means, but I wasn't anxious about Tuukka".
"If I don't like something, I don't like something", Toettcher said. Kampfer was playing just his second game of the postseason, replacing the suspended Charlie McAvoy.
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Columbus had chances to take the lead as well as Rask blocked away a 2-on-1 shot by Oliver Bjorkstrand and Dean Kukan drilled the crossbar on a nice feed from Scott Harrington, but Boston was the first to get on the board.
The Bruins doubled the advantage at 8:58 of the third period, as Johansson weaved toward the middle of the ice before wristing a shot that handcuffed Bobrovsky.
Columbus forward Josh Anderson exited the contest with 20 seconds remaining in the second period after he was jarred by Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who received a two-minute penalty for an illegal check to the head.
It was still 2-1 when Jordan Staal was sent off for roughing in the opening minute of the third period. Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, picked up in trades at the deadline, also will be unrestricted free agents. "But we're looking forward to it".
In his first career playoffs, Aho now has five goals and 10 points in 12 games. He has spent parts of seven seasons in the National Hockey League but has never played more than 47 games in a year. But things quickly unraveled for Carolina in the final period.
It really put a spotlight on Carolina's inexperience in a big moment in Game 1 when they were holding a 2-1 lead into the final period and had Boston in a comfortable spot after a "meh" second period from the Black and Gold.