Marchand shines and ties the Bruins series against the hurricanes

Jimmy Gulen, The Associated Press

BOSTON – Brad Marchand skated quickly into the empty net and Carolina Hurricanes defender Tony D’Angelo could do nothing but throw his stick at the puck.

It’s playoffs and Marchand is at his best. Score, pass and disturb.

“He loves playing in those moments and it shows,” Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said after Marchand’s performance, who scored two goals and three assists. There are some heated discussions as well. I think he can up his game somewhat.”

The Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Sunday to draw 2-2.

The Bruins were without their top two defensive players after Charlie McAvoy was dropped from the list at the last minute. Join Hampus Lindholm on the sidelines.

Boston came from behind twice and Marchand broke the deadlock early in the third inning to help his team clinch a second straight victory.

Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and two assists, David Pasternak scored a goal and an assist while Jake Debrosk scored the ball once for the Bruins. Jeremy Swayman saved 23 balls.

Brett Pesci and Jordan Stahl Respond to Hurricanes. Antti Raanta is back and hitting the net 23 for the Metropolitan Division Champions.

Game 5 of the series takes place Tuesday night in North Carolina. One team will be able to advance to the next round Thursday night in Boston.

“It all starts over now. We need to work together,” Hurricanes coach Rob Brindmore said. “You must have some passion now. It must hurt and upset you.

Pesci gave the Hurricanes the lead in the sixth minute of play, and it was the fourth consecutive time in the series that Rod Brendamore’s men scored their first goals.

Bergeron tied the match four minutes before the end of the first half. He slipped a loose tablet between Ranta’s pads.

Just 33 seconds into the second half, Nino Niederreiter headed the ball to Stahl, who fired a one-time accurate shot to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead.

Bruins took advantage of the power game to get the two teams back to square one. Marchand sent the puck to Ranta and the ball remained in the semi-circle, as Debrosek pushed it to the back of the net.

Brind’Amour challenged the goal for what he felt was a fouling of the goalkeeper, but the referees upheld their decision. The Bruins had a solid game with the decision and turned into a double advantage when he hit Sebastian Aho Bergeron in the face.

Bruins took the lead just a second before in a two-person power game. Marchand scored a shot from his wrist and Pasternak scored the insurance goal after five minutes.

“It’s what all kids ever hoped for, to have the chance to play in the Stanley Cup,” Marchand said. These are the most fun games to play. The emotion and intensity are high. If you can’t play these games, I don’t know why you play.”

McAvoy removed from training

Prior to the match, McAvoy was removed from the Bruins’ roster and placed under the National Hockey League’s COVID-19 protocol.

“We learned this morning that there was this possibility and we knew he would enter protocol,” Cassidy said. I hope Charlie is well and feeling well. We want to find him as soon as possible.”

To replace McAvoy on the roster, Bruins added defender Josh Brown, who played six games for the team after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators at the trade deadline.

24-year-old McAvoy was the Bruins’ first-round pick of 2016. Norris Trophy, awarded for the NHL’s best defensive man, in each of the last two campaigns.

In 2022, he made his personal highest in goals (10) and assists (46). He has led all of the team’s defensive players in points this season and has averaged 24 minutes and 39 seconds.

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