The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Saturday, their first game without Tuukka Rask.
Rask was expected to start before it was announced prior to the game that he opted out and would not play for the Bruins for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves, and Charlie Coyle and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist for Boston, the No. 4 seed in the East, which leads the best-of-7 series 2-1.
It was Halak’s first start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since April 27, 2015, when he was with the New York Islanders. He allowed four goals in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, making 25 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Aug. 2.
Petr Mrazek made 36 saves, and Nino Niederreiter scored for Carolina, the No. 5 seed in the East.
Game 4 is in Toronto, the East hub city, on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, FS-CR, NESN).
Teams that win Game 3 after a playoff series is tied 1-1 are 215-106 (67 percent) winning a best-of-7 series.
Coyle put the Bruins ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal 14 seconds into the second period. He batted a rebound off a shot from Marchand out of midair glove side.
Sean Kuraly scored shorthanded, making it 2-0 at 1:16 of the third period when he redirected a pass from Coyle.
Niederreiter cut it to 2-1 on a power play at 6:30 of the third. He gloved a clearing attempt by Halak from behind the net and scored on a backhand into the open net.
Marchand scored an empty-net goal for the 3-1 final with 31 seconds left.
Carolina forward Andrei Svechnikov left with 4:38 remaining in the third period after getting tangled with Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara. He was helped off the ice by teammates before going to the locker room.
Bruins forward David Pastrnak (unfit) missed his second straight game. As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.