David Pastrnak had two assists in his return to the lineup, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in Game 5 to win their Eastern Conference First Round series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday.
Pastrnak was unfit to play the previous three games. As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.
David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal and an assist, and Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves for the Bruins, the No. 4 seed in the East. Boston’s opponent in the Eastern Conference Second Round has not been determined.
Petr Mrazek made 25 saves, and Haydn Fleury scored for Carolina, the No. 5 seed, which has lost eight of its past nine games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to Boston. The Hurricanes were outscored 17-5 in a four-game sweep by the Bruins in the 2019 Eastern Conference Final.
Four of five games in this series were decided by one goal.
Boston won the series after losing its three round-robin games in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. It won the Presidents’ Trophy this season with the best record in the NHL (44-14-12; .714 points percentage).
Krejci, who had eight points (three goals, five assists) in the series, tied the game 1-1 with a power-play goal at 15:20 of the second period. Bergeron’s shot deflected off Pastrnak near the crease, and Krejci got the loose puck for a wrist shot, extending his point streak to six games.
Bergeron gave Boston a 2-1 lead on the power play with four seconds remaining in the period when he shot off Mrazek’s left skate from below the goal line.
Fleury put the Hurricanes ahead 1-0 at 9:35 of the first period when his shot went in off the left post.