Bru­ins beat Carolina 2-1, take 3-0 series lead

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RALEIGH, N.C.

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.

No­table

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.

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