Bruins sweep Hurricanes to reach Stanley Cup final

Boston Bruins players celebrate a goal en route to a series-clinching 4-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes (AFP Photo/BRUCE BENNETT) (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP)

New York (AFP) - The Boston Bruins powered into the Stanley Cup final on Thursday, crushing the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 to complete a series sweep in their Eastern Conference final.

Patrice Bergeron scored twice while Tuukka Rask made 24 saves as the Bruins booked their 20th appearance in the final and their third in the past nine seasons.

The Bruins will face either the San Jose Sharks or the St. Louis Blues in the final. The Sharks lead the best-of-seven Western Conference final 2-1.

With the Hurricanes needing a miracle to overturn a 3-0 series deficit, David Pastrnak shot Boston into the lead in the second period to silence the Hurricanes fans at Raleigh's PNC Arena.

Bergeron then grabbed his first of the night to make it 2-0 before firing the Bruins into a 3-0 lead in the third period.

Brad Marchand completed the scoring for Boston, who will now look to bring yet another professional sports championship back to the city following the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win in February and the Boston Red Sox's World Series triumph last year.

Hurricanes goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves as Carolina's battling playoff campaign came to an end.

The Hurricanes had earlier eliminated the defending champion Washington Capitals in seven games in the first round before sweeping the New York Islanders.