RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Carolina Hurricanes, who are enjoying some time to recuperate after sweeping the New York Islanders in the second round, will play the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final.
Boston will host Game 1 at 8 p.m. on Thursday, per an announcement from the NHL. The rest of the schedule hasn’t been announced yet.
The Bruins finished off the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 3-0 win Monday in Game 6. Columbus had swept regular-season champion Tampa Bay in the opening round of the playoffs. Boston took seven games to beat Toronto.
The Bruins and Hurricanes played three close games in the regular season. The Bruins won the first encounter on Oct. 30 in Raleigh, 3-2, on the back of a two-goal showing by Brad Marchand.
The Hurricanes, wearing their jerseys honoring their past as the Hartford Whalers, scored four unanswered goals in a 5-3 win on Dec. 23. Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each scored twice, including a third-period shorthanded goal by Teravainen.
The Bruins won in overtime on March 5 to win the season series. Two goals from Aho had Carolina leading 2-0 early in the second, but Boston rattled off three in a row to take the lead. Captain Justin Williams tied the game and forced overtime, but David Krejci won it for the Bruins.