Recap of the NHL third round playoffs

Photo courtesy of the NHL

Photo courtesy of the NHL

Sylvia Hodges '19, Supervising Copy Editor

Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The Boston Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes in order to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, with a final score of 4-0 in game four of the series. This marks the 20th time in franchise history where  the Bruins have advanced to the final. The Bruins’ top line, comprised of forwards Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, combined for over a third of Boston’s goals in the playoffs, scoring 22 of the 57 goals scored thus far. The Bruins extended their win streak to seven games, the third longest in a postseason in franchise history. In 1970, the Bruins won 10 playoff games in a row and won nine postseason games in a row in 1972. The last time the Bruins won the Stanley Cup was in 2011, when they beat the Vancouver Canucks in game seven.

St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

The St. Louis Blues beat the San Jose Sharks in game six to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970. The Blues sat in last place in the league on Jan. 2, and became the first team in the Expansion Era (1967-68) to have been in last place in the league at any point during the regular season and make the Stanley Cup Final. Blues’ rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington became the first goalie in franchise history to earn 10 wins in a single postseason, and became the 10th rookie goalie in NHL history to earn at least 10 wins in a postseason. Binnington also became the fifth rookie goaltender in NHL history to be responsible for each of his team’s first 12 wins in a playoff year. Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo established a franchise record for points in a single postseason by a defenseman with 13 points. The Blues have never won the Stanley Cup.

The Blues will face the Bruins beginning Monday, May 27 at 8 p.m. in Boston.

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