Essensa held another meeting Tuesday to fill the Bruins players in on McElhinney's tendencies - a presentation he'd already been working on ahead of time since they knew it was possible they'd see both Carolina goaltenders in this series.
Boston coach Bruce Sullivan said Carolina is like a mix of hard-hitting Columbus and speedy Toronto, which the Bruins beat in the opening round.
With their season essentially hanging in the balance, you have to believe the Carolina Hurricanes are turning to Curtis McElhinney. In his only start against the Hurricanes, Rask allowed five goals on 37 shots (.865 SV%) in a 5-3 loss.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 26 shots for the Blue Jackets, who hit the post or crossbar on four occasions and went 0-for-4 on the power play before seeing their season come to an end. McElhinney, meanwhile, hasn't played since Game 4 of Carolina's second-round sweep over the Islanders, but is a ideal 3-0 and has what would be a playoff-leading.947 save percentage over that stretch.
Former Providence College Friar Noel Acciari is rebounding well from his injury and could be available for game 3 but not for Sunday. For instance, the last time Carolina started a playoff series down 2-0 before this season?
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Even though the first two games of this series haven't been close, Carolina still has a chance to get back into this. Tarasenko managed just one shot on goal and was on the ice for four of San Jose's goals. He's picked up the victory in all three games in which he's appeared this postseason while stopping 71 of 75 shots on goal. With the win, the Bruins now possess a commanding 2-0 lead in the series and have emerged as massive -700 favorites to advance to the Stanley Cup final at BetOnline.
The Bruins scored twice more in the second period on goals from Clifton and Grzelcyk, and then put the game out of reach with goals from David Backes and Heinen in the third that made it 6-0.
Sebastian Aho and Greg McKegg scored for Carolina.
"From what I know - and I really defer to Goalie Bob on this - he's a little more deeper in the paint, technically sound, not as aggressive", said Cassidy. They did look very average through their first 10 games of the postseason, but after taking game two of this series by a score of 6-2, the Bruins have now rattled off five wins in a row. So that's not how we do it ... we're not going to let him off the hook and we're not going to let anybody off the hook. I guess you'll have to read a bit further.
The skating ability of Torey Krug has allowed him to be in line with the opponent and find open ice to get the Boston goal scorers the puck when they need it most. McElhinney had a 20-11-2 record in the regular season with a.912 save percentage and a 2.58 GAA.