The Playoff Buzzer: Bruins’ power play turns Game 1 vs. Hurricanes

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• Bruins take a 1-0 series lead with a 5-2 win in Game 1.
• Johansson, Bergeron score 28 seconds apart on the power play in third period.
• Fourth straight win for Boston. Hurricanes’ six-game winning streak comes to an end.

Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2 (Boston lead series 1-0)

A 2-1 Carolina lead in the third period was quickly erased by a pair of power play goals 28 seconds apart by the Bruins en route to a 5-2 Game 1 victory. Penalties by Jordan Staal and Dougie Hamilton put Boston on the power play twice and both times the Bruins capitalized as Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron scored to quickly change the complexion of the game. The Bruins’ power play is now at a 31% success rate this postseason after going 2-for-5 Thursday night.

Game 2 from TD Garden is Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

[NBC 2019 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF HUB]

THREE STARS

1. Marcus Johansson: The February acquisition helped the Bruins open the scoring by assisting on Steven Kampfer‘s goal 2:55 into the first period. His picked up his second point of Game 1 by scoring the game-tying goal 2:26 into the third period.

2. Patrice Bergeron: Bergeron’s fifth power play goal of the postseason stood as the game-winner and came 28 seconds after Johansson’s tying marker early in the third period. The veteran forward now has 12 career postseason goals with the man advantage.

3. Tuukka RaskThe netminder made 29 saves on the night, including 14 in the second period to stave off the Hurricanes in Game 1.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NIGHT

• It was the Johansson and Bergeron show early in the third period:

Chris Wagner scored the Bruins’ fifth and final goal of Game 1 with a pretty move against Petr Mrazek:

• J.R. meets Hamilton the pig:

[NBC 2019 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF HUB]

FACTOIDS OF THE NIGHT

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE
Game 1: St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.