Bruins rally past Hurricanes in Game 4, extend Eastern First Round lead


The Boston Bruins scored four goals in a 6:51 span in the third period to rally for a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Monday. 

Jake DeBrusk scored twice, Connor Clifton had a goal and an assist, and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins, the No. 4 seed in the East. Jaroslav Halak made 16 saves.

Boston leads the best-of-7 series 3-1. Teams that have a 3-1 lead are 278-29 (90.6 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL series.

James Reimer made 29 saves for Carolina, the No. 5 seed, which was outshot 16-2 in the third.

Game 5 is in Toronto, the Eastern hub city, on Wednesday (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-CR). 

DeBrusk cut it to 2-1 at 7:26 of the third period, shooting into an open net after knocking the puck away from Reimer, who skated out into the slot in an attempt to play the puck.

Clifton tied it 2-2 at 10:10 on a one-timer from the right circle. 

Marchand gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead at 11:40, scoring five-hole on a breakaway, and DeBrusk scored on a wrist shot from in close to make it 4-2 at 14:17.

Teuvo Teravainen cut it to 4-3 with 1:27 remaining on a spinning backhand, the Hurricanes first shot of the period.

Justin Williams put Carolina ahead 1-0 at 9:17 of the first period, and Jordan Martinook made it 2-0 at 12:08 of the second

Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal left after taking a hit from Charlie McAvoy at 9:53 of the third period. Carolina was already playing without forward Andrei Svechnikov, who was injured with late in the third period of Game 3. 

As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information. 

Halak started his second straight game for Boston since goalie Tuukka Rask opted out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday. He is the first Bruins goalie other than Rask to start two games in a playoff series since 2012, when Tim Thomas started seven games against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. 

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