Bru­ins thump ’Canes, go up 2-0

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BOS­TON — With a five­goal, third-pe­riod lead and the Bru­ins still not done scor­ing, the crowd in the new Bos­ton Garden be­gan a throaty chant of “We want the Cup!”

The next time they see their team, the NHL’s cham­pi­onship tro­phy might be on the line for real.

Matt Grzel­cyk scored twice — his first career multi­goal game — and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves to lead the

Bru­ins to a 6-2 vic­tory over the Carolina Hur­ri­canes on Sun­day and give Bos­ton a

2-0 lead in the Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nals.

Connor Clifton had his first career NHL goal — the

19th Bru­ins player to score this post­sea­son, ty­ing a fran­chise record. Jake DeBrusk, David Backes and Dan­ton Heinen also con­nected, and Torey Krug and Char­lie Coyle had three as­sists apiece.

“It does feel con­ta­gious,” said Bos­ton coach Bruce Cas­sidy, whose team won its fifth straight game and needs two more vic­to­ries to reach the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal for the third time in nine sea­sons. “Every­body’s con­tribut­ing.”

The se­ries moves to Carolina for Games 3 and 4 on Tues­day and Thurs­day nights. The Hur­ri­canes need to win at least one to force a fifth game back in Bos­ton on Satur­day night.

“Some­times you’ve got to eat a poop sand­wich. It doesn’t taste good and you have to chew on it for a lit­tle bit,” Hur­ri­canes cap­tain Justin Wil­liams said. “We’ll have to do it for a cou­ple days and get the taste out of our mouth next game.”

The Bru­ins won 5-2 in Game 1, but the Hur­ri­canes led early in the third pe­riod and it was still 3-2 with 4 min­utes to play.

This one wasn’t ever close.

Petr Mrazek stopped just

19 shots, and Bos­ton led 6-0 be­fore Wil­liams and Teuvo Ter­a­vainen scored in the last nine min­utes to de­prive Rask of a sev­enth career post­sea­son shutout.

“The other night wasn’t as bad. We were right in the game,” said Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour, whose team also fell be­hind 0-2

against the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals in the first round be­fore elim­i­nat­ing the de­fend­ing champions in seven. “They’re play­ing their game; we haven’t got­ten to ours.”

Nearly a half cen­tury af­ter Bobby Orr soared through the air on Mother’s Day to fin­ish off the 1970 Stan­ley Cup, the Hall of Famer was in the build­ing as a pregame hype man known as the ban­ner cap­tain. The crowd gave him a stand­ing ova­tion, and the team re­sponded as well.

Grzel­cyk and DeBrusk scored late in the first, and Clifton made it 3-0 early in the sec­ond. With two min­utes left in the mid­dle pe­riod and Bos­ton back on the power play, Heinen took a long pass out of the Bos­ton zone from Marcus Jo­hans­son and drew two de­fend­ers with him be­fore slid­ing it into the slot.

Grzel­cyk slipped the puck over to his back­hand and beat Mrazek to make it 4-0.

“That was the cooker,” Brind’Amour said. “We needed an an­swer and we didn’t have one.”

Backes scored 1:10 into the third pe­riod, leav­ing Mrazek look­ing over to the bench to see if he would be re­placed. 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.

“We talked about it, but he doesn’t want to come out. He’s a bat­tler,” Brind’Amour said. “A lot of other guys on the bench de­serve to some out, if that’s how were do­ing it.”

Heinen fin­ished on a feed from Pa­trice Berg­eron to give Bos­ton a six-goal lead with 15 min­utes left be­fore Wil­liams got Carolina on the score­board.

Notes: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made a hype video for the Hur­ri­canes. … Brad Marc­hand ap­peared in his 99th career play­off game. … Carolina’s Se­bas­tian Aho was held with­out a goal for the first time in four games, leav­ing Bates Battaglia (2002) and Ray Shep­pard (1999) the only play­ers to score in four straight for the fran­chise. … Krug is the fifth Bru­ins de­fense­man with three or more as­sists in mul­ti­ple play­off games. Orr and Ray Bourque did it five times apiece.

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Game 3 is Tues­day night in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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The Bru­ins’ David Backes (42) scores a third-pe­riod goal against the Hur­ri­canes’ Petr Mrazek on Sun­day.

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