They were saying “Tuuk-ka” in the first and the second periods, in appreciation of their favorite netminder.
In the third, they were harassing “Dougie, Dougie,” and shouting “We Want the Cup.”
BOX SCORE: BRUINS 5, HURRICANES 2
Bruins fans had a lot to celebrate in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, leading up to and immediately after the final buzzer of Thursday night’s 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Tuukka Rask, the hottest netminder in the postseason, was again sparkling (29 saves on 31 shots), and two goals in 28 seconds in the first three minutes of the third period lifted the Bruins to a 1-0 lead in their first third-round series since 2013.
Game 2 is 3 p.m. Sunday at TD Garden.
Defenseman Steven Kampfer, the replacement for suspended star Charlie McAvoy, scored 2:55 in, and Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron converted back-to-back power-play chances for the winning margin.
Fans were chanting “We Want the Cup” after Charlie Coyle was credited with a rolling empty-netter on a double deflection in the neutral zone, and Chris Wagner beat Petr Mrazek on a breakaway — a pretty five-hole finish — 11 seconds later, at 17:58.
The Bruins got unexpected offense from Kampfer on a night when McAvoy was missing and his usual partner, Zdeno Chara, was in great pain at the end of the first period after blocking a Sebastian Aho wrister with the outside of his right foot. Chara hobbled off the ice and to the dressing room late in the first, but returned to start the second and finished the game (logging 19:24).
Jordan Staal’s boarding on Wagner let Johansson, who was brilliant on Thursday, beat Mrazek at 2:26 of the third. An elbow pop on Joakim Nordstrom by Dougie Hamilton, the former Bruins first-round draft pick, preceded Bergeron’s finish at 2:54.
Hamilton’s second minor, an interference on David Backes, had the Garden all over him. It was an unhappy return for the big blue liner, who was traded to Calgary at the 2015 draft and dealt to Carolina last summer.
The Hurricanes, fast and ferocious on the forecheck, tied the score at 3:42 of the first thanks to their best player, Aho, who tipped an Andrei Svechnikov shot past Rask three seconds into their first man-advantage of the night. Carolina finished 1 for 3, but Boston’s 2-for-5 performance was the difference.
Boston’s start was excellent. The Bergeron line was buzzing off the opening drop, and Johansson forced a Justin Faulk turnover at the blue line, broke in, and outwaited three Hurricanes before dishing to Kampfer. The 30-year-old reserve, playing in his second career playoff game, beat Mrazek for his first playoff goal.
Mrazek (23 saves on 27 shots) wasn’t up to the task, especially considering he wasn’t tested all that much in the first two periods. Carolina outshot Boston, 25-18, in the opening 40 minutes and had the better of the chances.
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