Boston Bruins Advance to Eastern Conference Finals for First Time Since 2013

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BLACK EYE: Dougie Hamilton imploded in the third period and helped hand things to the Bruins with a lack of discipline that revealed Carolina's lack of experience in these big games.

The Carolina Hurricanes could have Petr Mrazek back in goal by the time they open the Eastern Conference final against either the Boston Bruins or Columbus Blue Jackets. The seven-game series already has a rivalry off of it, between media members of the Bruins and Hurricanes.

Boston will face the Carolina Hurricanes for an opportunity to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Hurricanes-Bruins Eastern Conference Final is shaping up reminiscent of that exhausting first round against the. "He was there every night".

Boston's top-liners were kept off the score sheet again, but it did not matter.

Columbus hit posts at least four times. I thought we played really well tonight, just didn't get a result.

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"It's going to be a hard series", Rask said. Officials met, deciding whether the penalty merited more than a minor, but McAvoy only got two minutes for an illegal check to the head, much to the chagrin of those in Nationwide Arena. "It's amusing when that happens because you know you got the better of them at that point". He finished with 26 saves.

But Columbus challenged for goaltender interference, and video review showed that Boston forward Joakim Nordstrom had pushed Sergei Bobrovsky out of the crease, so the goal was taken off the board.

Game 7 is Wednesday in San Jose.

"I don't really care", he said. "You're not sitting there nursing it by any means, but I wasn't anxious about Tuukka".

The Blue Jackets mustered two shots on the unsuccessful power play, and Matt Duchene's point-blank chance on another man-advantage situation was denied by the stick of Rask.

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Less than a minute into the third, Jordan Staal was called for boarding Chris Wagner, a hit he seemed to immediately regret.

The Blue Jackets almost answered about a minute later, but Josh Anderson hit the bar as well on a setup from Artemi Panarin. Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, picked up in trades at the deadline, also will be unrestricted free agents.

In his first career playoffs, Aho now has five goals and 10 points in 12 games. Alexander Wennberg was a healthy scratch. That win came without one of their best defenseman, Charlie McAvoy, who was serving a one-game suspension for a hit he threw in Game 6 against the Blue Jackets.

UP NEXT: Boston advances to conference final against Carolina.

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