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1 Friday, May 1, 7pm et on TSN Hurricanes 1, Bruins 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Sunday, May 3, 7:30pm et on TSN Hurricanes 3, Bruins 0 Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Wednesday, May 6, 7:30pm et on TSN Bruins 2, Hurricanes 3 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Friday, May 8, 7:30pm et on TSN Bruins 1, Hurricanes 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Sunday, May 10, 7:30pm et on TSN Hurricanes 0, Bruins 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
6 Tuesday, May 12, 7pm et on TSN Bruins 4, Hurricanes 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
7 Thursday, May 14, 7:30pm et on TSN Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
Hurricanes win series 4-3
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BOSTON BRUINS

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Regular Season Record: 53-19-10, 116 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 4-0
Last Stanley Cup Win: 1972
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1990
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Mark Recchi (2), Stephane Yelle (2), Aaron Ward (3), Shawn Thornton

How They Got Here: Virtually everything went right for the Bruins this season. Their young players developed into top line talent, their blueline was rock solid and they received elite level goaltending from Tim Thomas. All that added up to the Bruins capturing their first division title since 2004. The team racked up 116 points, the highest mark since 1972 - the last time the B's lifted Lord Stanley's grail. The first round sweep of the hated Habs - where they were the dominant team in every game - was the icing on the cake for Bruins fans and management.

A Reason To Cheer For The Bruins: The Bruins have been a terrific story all year - sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings for the better part of the season and reaching the 100-point plateau for the 18th time in franchise history. The last time Boston hit the century mark was in 2003-04, when they accumulated 104 points.

What They Bring To The Table: The Bruins opened the 2008-09 campaign as the NHL's top team for the first 50 games and were on course to set a franchise record for points in a season until the club struggled in March. But they finished strong enough to take the conference title and get home ice advantage in the first round. With a 29-6-6 record at home this season, only the Western Conference powerhouse San Jose Sharks had a better home record. Goaltending shouldn't be an issue for the Bruins, as long as Tim Thomas can stay consistent. The Vezina Trophy favourite finished the regular season with a league-best 2.10 goals against average and had the best save percentage in the NHL (.933). Up front, centre Marc Savard led the team in scoring and ranked ninth in the NHL with 88 points. He finished the season on a tear, putting up nine points in the final nine games. Forward David Krejci finished the season with the league's best plus-minus (plus-37), while rookie forward Blake Wheeler finished the season with the league's second-best (plus-36). Defenceman Dennis Wideman finished sixth (plus-32).


CAROLINA HURRICANES

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Regular Season Record: 45-30-7, 97 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 0-4
Last Stanley Cup Win: 2006
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 2006
Last Postseason Appearance: 2006
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Eric Staal (1), Ray Whitney (1), Rod Brind'Amour (1), Matt Cullen (1), Erik Cole (1), Chad LaRose (1), Anton Babchuk (1), Niclas Wallin (1), Frantisek Kaberle (1), Cam Ward (1)

How They Got Here: The first round series against the Devils was a back and fourth affair. Five of the seven contests were decided by a single goal and two have gone to overtime, if you count Carolina's winner with 0.2 seconds left in Game 4. Martin Brodeur was stellar for the Devils, but so was Hurricane goaltender Cam Ward. He was Brodeur's equal in every way, matching the Devil netminder save-for-save throughout the series. That is, until the last minute and a half of Game 7 when the Hurricanes shocked New Jersey with one of the biggest 'clutch' wins in playoff history.

A Reason To Cheer For The Hurricanes: Carolina was a great story when they won the Cup in 2006, but everything went downhill from there as the club missed the postseason for the next two years. But with head coach Paul Maurice returning behind the bench, the Hurricanes were one of the hottest teams down the final stretch and look like a contender in the wide-open Eastern Conference.

What They Bring To The Table: A bust in Edmonton with 27 points in 63 games, Erik Cole returned to Carolina in a trade deadline deal and brought back instant chemistry. Reunited with Eric Staal on the top line, Cole should be one of several big weapons up front. In net, Cam Ward is also on his game, breaking the franchise record with 39 victories this season and finishing 14-4-2 over the last 20 games. A Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 2006, Ward has been a workhorse in goal, building a 10-1-2 record in March and finishing the season with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. Up front, Eric Staal led all Hurricanes in goals (40) while Tuomo Ruutu set a career high with 26 goals. On the blueline, Joe Corvo led all Hurricanes defenceman in points (38) while Anton Babchuk had a career season, posting 16 goals (best among all 'Canes blueliners) and 19 assists with a plus- 13 rating.


 

Statistical keys to the series

- Boston ranked fourth in the league on the power play, with a 23.6% success rate. Carolina ranked 18th at 18.7%.

- Boston's power play ranked third in the first round of the playoffs, at 25.0%. Carolina ranked 14th at 6.9%.

- Boston ranked 12th in the league in penalty killing, with an 82.4% success rate. Carolina ranked 19th at 80.4%.

- Boston's penalty killing ranked first in the first round of the playoffs, with a 100% success rate. Carolina ranked fifth at 88.9%.

- Milan Lucic (262), Zdeno Chara (169) and Aaron Ward (151) were the Bruins' leading hitters in the regular season.

- Milan Lucic (13) and Shawn Thornton (8) were the Bruins' leading hitters in the first round.

- Tuomu Ruutu (228), Erik Cole (180) and Tim Gleason (171) were the Hurricanes' leading hitters in the regular season. Cole's totals include games with Edmonton.

- Tim Gleason (28), Tuomo Ruutu (21) and Erik Cole (21) were the Hurricanes' leading hitters in the first round.

- Patrice Bergeron is the Bruins' top face-off man -- 54.5% in the regular season, 59.3% in the first round.

- Rod Brind'Amour was the Hurricanes' top face-off man in the regular season -- 61.0%. Jussi Jokinen was best in the first round -- 55.0%.

- Boston's Marc Savard ranked sixth in the league with 63 assists.

- Boston's Marc Savard tied for ninth in the league with 88 points.

- Carolina's Eric Staal tied for fifth in the league with 40 goals.

- Carolina's Eric Staal is tied for the playoff lead with five goals after the first round. Boston's Michael Ryder and Phil Kessel are tied for third with four goals.

- Carolina's Chad LaRose is tied for third with five assists after the first round.

- Carolina's Eric Staal, Chad LaRose, Ray Whitney and Boston's Michael Ryder are tied for fifth with seven points after the first round.

- Boston's David Krejci is tied for the league lead at plus-6 through one round. Michael Ryder and Carolina's Joni Pitkanen are tied for fourth at plus-5.

- Boston's David Krejci and Blake Wheeler ranked first and second in the league at plus-37 and plus-36, respectively. Dennis Wideman ranked sixth at plus-32.

- Carolina's Eric Staal tied for seventh in the league with eight game-winning goals.

- Carolina's Eric Staal ranked second in the league with 372 shots on goal.

- David Krejci led the Bruins with seven points in four games against the Hurricanes this year.

- Ray Whitney led the Hurricanes with three points in four games against the Bruins this year.

- Boston's leaders in power play ice time (per game in Round One):
Zdeno Chara 4:44
Marc Savard 4:38
Michael Ryder 4:29
Dennis Wideman 4:27
Mark Recchi 4:21
Phil Kessel 2:23

- Carolina's leaders in power play ice time (per game in Round One):
Joe Corvo 4:29
Ray Whitney 4:26
Eric Staal 4:09
Joni Pitkanen 3:57
Tuomo Ruutu 2:56
Sergei Samsonov 2:35

- Boston's leaders in penalty killing ice time (per game in Round One):
Zdeno Chara 2:21
Aaron Ward 1:52
Marc Savard 1:46
Dennis Wideman 1:29
P.J. Axelsson 1:27
David Krejci 1:27

- Carolina's leaders in penalty killing ice time (per game in Round One):
Joe Corvo 3:08
Dennis Seidenberg 2:59
Tim Gleason 2:57
Rod Brind'Amour 2:45
Niclas Wallin 2:23
Joni Pitkanen 2:22

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