Bruins beat Carolina 2-1, take 3-0 series lead
Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period, and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final.
Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots for the Bruins, who have won six straight postseason games for the first time since 1978. They are one victory away from their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in nine years.
Boston will go for the sweep on Thursday night. Calvin de Haan scored and Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves for the Hurricanes while starting in place of Petr Mrazek, who allowed 10 goals in the first two games of the series.
Maple Leafs: President Brendan Shanahan has signed a six-year contract extension through 202425. Toronto, which lost to Boston in seven games for the second straight time last month, has failed to reach the second round of the playoffs since 2004. The team’s Stanley Cup drought is also the longest at 52 years.
Sabres: A person familiar with the decision said the Buffalo Sabres have hired Ralph Krueger to become their next head coach. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the team has not announced the hiring. Canada’s SportsNet.ca first reported the hiring.
The 59-year-old Krueger previously coached the Edmonton Oilers during the NHL’s lockout-shortened season in 2012-13. Krueger has vast experience, including serving as head coach of Switzerland’s national team.