Hamilton assists Carolina beat Boston 3-2, tie series 1-1

TORONTO– This is what Dougie Hamilton was hoping for while he suffered the pandemic shutdown that put the NHL season on hold, and after that waited some more after hurting himself in practice when the Hurricanes returned to the ice.

TORONTO– This is what Dougie Hamilton was hoping for while he suffered the pandemic shutdown that put the NHL season on hold, and then waited some more after injuring himself in practice when the Hurricanes returned to the ice.

The Carolina defenceman scored the game-winner with 11: 30 left in the 3rd duration on Thursday night to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins– the team that drafted him, and then quit on him– and tie their playoff series at one video game apiece.

” For seven months you’re thinking about that sort of stuff: Playing a game, scoring an objective,” stated Hamilton, who missed the last 21 games of the routine season and the qualifying round series versus the Rangers with different injuries. “That’s what fuels you.”

One day after Boston won the postponed, double-overtime opener, Carolina’s No. 2 goalie James Reimer stopped 33 shots to beat the Presidents’ Trophy winners. Andrei Svechnikov had an objective and a help, Teuvo Teravainen also scored, and Martin Necas had 2 assists for the Hurricanes.

David Krejci and Brad Marchand scored for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 23 conserves. The Bruins, who swept Carolina in the Eastern Conference finals last season, pulled the goalie for an additional aggressor and had a chance when Reimer lost his stick in the final 10 seconds, but could not transform.

Game 3 is Saturday.

” We weren’t expecting to walk through this series,” Marchand stated.

A 2011 first-round draft choice who played his very first three seasons in Boston, Hamilton broke his leg in January and, after that had recovered, left a return-to-play practice in July. He didn’t return until Wednesday’s series opener versus the Bruins.

” You sink to the bottom when you’re hurt. Relaxing, can’t stroll, seeing the people play,” Hamilton said. “( You) wait on this moment. You don’t know if it’s ever going to come, however you have actually got to believe in yourself.”

After playing a playoff career-high 26: 48 in Video game 1, which Boston won 4-3 in double overtime, Hamilton led the Hurricanes with 24: 20 of ice time on Thursday.

” He was special, and certainly a big video game tonight,” coach Rod Brind’ Amour stated.

The opener was supposed to be Tuesday night, but the quintuple overtime video game between the Blue Jackets and Lightning kept the rink occupied. With the games on back-to-back days, Brind’ Amour opted to opt for Reimer in net rather of Game 1 starter Petr Mrazek; Boston’s Bruce Cassidy sent out Rask back out about 16 hours after he played 81: 13 in the opener.

Brind’ Amour was so unhappy after the loss that he called the league a joke, telling the Raleigh News & Observer: “This one’s a criminal activity scene.” The league fined him $25,000 and threatened to double it if he breaks down again.

He had something else to complain about in this one, when the referee waved off a consent goal with 16: 34 left in the 3rd since Teravainen disrupted Rask before the goalie kicked the puck into the internet. The Hurricanes challenged, however the call was verified.

Brind’ Amour decreased to discuss the sequence, saying “I think I’ll get in difficulty.” His gamers said his tantrum showed he had their backs.

” To see him sticking up for us yesterday, we’re going to go to bat for him,” Hamilton stated.

The Bruins lacked forward David Pastrnak, who tied for the league lead with 48 goals this season and was the group’s leading scorer with 95 points. The group gave no details on his condition, video appeared to reveal him injuring himself while celebrating Patrice Bergeron’s game-winning objective in Wednesday’s 4-3 victory in double overtime.

Cassidy stated Pastrnak’s injury did not appear to be a long-lasting issue and would most likely be a game-time decision on Saturday.

The Bruins took the lead with about four minutes left in the first– scoring first for the first time because prior to the pandemic shutdown. Krecji got he puck at the blue line and, with Jordan Staal stickless, he fabricated twice and after that fired one past Reimer.

It stayed that method until the Hurricanes picked up a power play with about five minutes left in the 2nd. Svechnikov made a spinning, cross-ice pass to Teravainen, who wristed it in to tie ball game 1-1.

Simply 88 seconds later on, Svechnikov scored himself, taking a pass from Necas in the slot and beating Rask over his best shoulder.

However Boston connected it with simply 5 seconds left in the duration when Bergeron’s shot rebounded off the post right to Marchand, who punched it in to make it 2-2 heading into the 3rd.


Video Game 3 is Saturday at twelve noon.


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