Now they add one of their most risky power play weapons in McAvoy back into the fold and that means Carolina will have to be much more disciplined in Game 2 if they're to avoid another loss.
"He was definitely our most consistent player throughout the whole series". Brind'Amour said Mrazek, who returned from an injury for Game 1 after Curtis McElhinney started the last two games of the East semifinals, had earned the right to stay in if that's what he wanted to do.
Columbus hit the post at least four times.
So maybe it's no surprise Boston has won the first two games of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series with Game 3 coming up Tuesday night in Raleigh - where the Hurricanes are unbeaten in the playoffs. We'll see if that game tape comes in handy once the puck drops Tuesday night.
And while teams that have seized 2-0 series leads have gone on to win in four of five series so far this spring, the Hurricanes are the exception, rebounding from 2-0 deficit against Washington in the opening round. The Hurricanes will have to have short memories after a tough start in Boston to get back into this series.
Carolina marched to the Eastern Conference final by dominating on home ice. The fans here are awesome, so just to, I guess, hear the crowd after was awesome. Teams down 2-0 in a series rarely come out with the series victory, but the trailing team has a 29-32 record in Game 3 at home, so it's more even than you'd think.
Matt Grzelcyk registered two goals, Charlie Coyle and Torey Krug both put up three assists, and Connor Clifton scored his first National Hockey League goal. Johansson has three goals and four assists in 12 games, including the game-winning goal in the Bruins' Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round and a goal in the team's clinching Game 6 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round. Though Carolina scored twice at the end of the period, this one was over by then.
"Well we haven't seen [McElhinney], so there's that element", Cassidy said of the challenge that comes with a potential switch in Carolina's crease.
Playing in just his second career playoff game in the Eastern Conference Final opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, the former University of MI defenseman opened the scoring 2 minutes, 55 seconds in. "We have some knowledge on him".
"Playoffs is all about putting pressure on the other team, and seeing how they do with a little bit of pressure", captain Justin Williams said.
Mrazek, who allowed six goals on 25 shots in Game 1, might have convinced his coach to keep him in for the entire game.
"I don't know", said Brind'Amour.
"The reality is I need a job next year, so I better play good", said McElhinney, who went 20-11-2 with a.912 save percentage.