Duke Basketball: Coach K hopes Carolina Hurricanes ‘defy all odds’

The Boston Bruins perform at their best when Tuukka Rask is calm and collected inside the goal allowing them to control the game.

Essensa held another meeting Tuesday to fill the Bruins players in on McElhinney's tendencies - a presentation he'd already been working on ahead of time since they knew it was possible they'd see both Carolina goaltenders in this series.

The scene shifts to Raleigh, North Carolina as the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes resume their Eastern Conference Finals battle in game three of this best-of-seven series. "We have to play an excellent game, an excellent road game to get one win closer to our goal".

A few minutes later it was David Backes who scored his first goal of the playoffs assisted by Torey Krug and David Krejci.

"It does feel contagious", said Boston coach Bruce Cassidy, whose team won its fifth straight game and needs two more victories to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in nine seasons. They did look very average through their first 10 games of the postseason, but after taking game two of this series by a score of 6-2, the Bruins have now rattled off five wins in a row.

NOTES: Columbus F Markus Hannikainen played in his first career playoff game. "You come out, and sometimes you gotta eat a poop sandwich".

"Playoffs is all about putting pressure on the other team, and seeing how they do with a little bit of pressure", captain Justin Williams said.

"I just didn't know how we were going to replace that and we really didn't miss a beat", said Brind'Amour. Boston now has a 2-0 series lead as the teams head to Carolina for Games 3 and 4. "I do agree about the urgency; they haven't lost at home and have played a strong game in their building".

Almost a half century after Bobby Orr soared through the air on Mother's Day to finish off the 1970 Stanley Cup, the Hall of Famer was in the building as a pregame hype man known as the banner captain. We didn't give him much to work with. It was all about Hamilton retaliating to a hit to earn a roughing penalty, and then Dougie jumping in as a third guy to throw a hit on David Backes that earned him an interference penalty. "We haven't finalized anything, but certainly discussed the options", Brind'Amour said. "We needed an answer and we didn't have one". Brind'Amour said it's possible Curtis McElhinney will take over.

Duke and the Hurricanes created a nice relationship this season with the Canes coming to a practice at Cameron Indoor Stadium earlier in the year and the Duke Men's Basketball Twitter account wishing the Hurricanes good luck before some of its playoff games. Nonetheless, it may be time to bring in the unflappable McElhinney, who was stellar in the final three games of the sweep against the Islanders after Mrazek was sidelined with a groin injury.


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