The Carolina Hurricanes had the opportunity to turn the tides Tuesday night, but now, they find themselves on the brink of elimination.
The Boston Bruins boosted their advantage in the Eastern Conference Final to 3-0 with a 2-1 win at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes' loss market their first on home ice in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Carolina came out firing in the first period but left the opening frame with nothing to show for its early-game efforts. This turned out to be the theme of the night for the Hurricanes, who squandered all five of their power-play opportunities and simply couldn't solve B's goaltender Tuukka Rask.
All things considered, Canes coach Rod Brind'Amour hit the nail on his head when he summed up Game 3.
The Hurricanes look to keep their playoff alive Thursday when the sides meet for Game 4. Carolina once again will have the luxury of home ice, But it will be hard-pressed to slow down a Boston club that is growing stronger by the game and will be hungry to secure a sweep.
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