Hurricanes take 2-0 series lead

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The Carolina Hurricanes took a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday despite losing another goaltender due to injury. Antti Raanta left the contest just 7:47 into the first period with an upper-body injury after he was hit by Bruins forward David Pastrnak. Carolina was already playing without Frederik Andersen, who has a been out because of a lower-body injury.

The Hurricanes had to turn to third-string netminder Pyotr Kochetkov, who made his debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in relief. He was superb in the contest, while stopping 30 of 32 shots in a 5-2 win. He also played well in the regular season with a mark of 3-0-0, a 2.42 goals-against average and .902 save percentage.

Coach Rod Brind'Amour said after the contest that Raanta was not placed in concussion protocol and was in good spirits following the game, which are both encouraging signs. Still, based on Kochetkov’s performance in Game 2, it probably wouldn’t be worrying for Carolina if he got the chance to start on Friday night should Raanta be unavailable.

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BOSTON 2 CAROLINA 5 (Hurricanes lead series 2-0)

Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter scored two goals apiece for Carolina. They both scored on power plays during the second period.

Jesper Fast, who opened the scoring 13:03 into the contest, had other goal for the Hurricanes.

Patrice Bergeron potted both goals for Boston, including one on the man advantage in the second stanza.

Tony DeAngelo collected three assists, with two coming on the power play. He also supplied two shots, two blocks and two hits.

Jaccob Slavin filled the stat sheet as well with two helpers, three shots and two blocks.

Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy. Vincent Trocheck. Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen chipped in one assist each.

Svechnikov also had a game-high nine hits, while McAvoy led the Bruins with seven.

David Pastrnak had a game-high eight shots, but he was unable to get on the scoresheet.

Antti Raanta stopped all six shots he faced prior to leaving the game with an upper-body injury. Pyotr Kochetkov turned aside 30 of 32 shots in relief to pick up the victory in relief during his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut.

Linus Ullmark surrendered four goals on 33 shots in the defeat. He has permitted eight goals on 57 shots in the series.

TAMPA BAY 5 TORONTO 3 (Series tied 1-1)

Victor Hedman paced the Lightning to victory with one goal and three assists. He had one goal and two helpers on the power play. Hedman added three shots and four blocks.

Nikita Kucherov accounted for one goal and two helpers for Tampa Bay’s other multi-point performance. He was also credited with four shots.

Mitch Marner generated one goal and one assist, while Auston Matthews picked up two helpers. They have both posted multi-point efforts in each of the first two games of the playoffs.

Alexander Kerfoot (shorthanded) and Michael Bunting had Toronto’s other goals.

Brandon Hagel and Corey Perry also found the back of the net for the Lightning.

Alex Killorn, Nick Paul, Steven Stamkos, Jake Muzzin and T.J. Brodie earned one assist apiece.

Erik Cernak had a game-high seven hits.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 31 of 34 shots in the victory. He improves to 15-0 following a loss in the playoffs since the 2020 postseason.

Jack Campbell made 29 stops, while giving up five goals, in the defeat.

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ST. LOUIS 2 MINNESOTA 6 (Series tied 1-1)

Kirill Kaprizov scored a hat trick and Joel Eriksson Ek had two goals and one assist to help power the offense of the Wild.

Kaprizov got the first postseason hatty in Wild history shortly after Eriksson Ek’s third goal of the game was taken off the board following a successful coach’s challenge by the Blues for offside.

Frederick Gaudreau had the other goal for Minnesota.

Vladimir Tarasenko notched one goal and one assist for St. Louis

Jordan Kyrou had the other goal for the Blues.

Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Hartman, Robert Thomas and Jonas Brodin registered two assists each.

Pavel Buchnevich and Jordan Greenway got on the scoresheet with one assist each.

Justin Faulk had a game-high seven hits.

Marc-Andre Fleury blocked 32 of 34 shots in the victory.

Ville Husso shielded 22 of 27 shots in the loss.

LOS ANGELES 0 EDMONTON 6 (Series tied 1-1)

Mike Smith turned aside all 30 shots he faced for his fifth career shutout in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The win also ended his personal 10-game losing streak in postseason play.

Evander Kane compiled two goals and one assist. He posted all three points in the third period.

Ryan McLeod accounted for one goal and one assist.

Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse and Jesse Puljujarvi also scored for Edmonton.

Connor McDavid earned two assists, while Zack Kassian, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Tyson Barrie picked up one helper apiece.

Anze Kopitar had a game-high six shots on target.

Jonathan Quick permitted six goals on 36 shots in the loss.