Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk scored twice as the host Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 Sunday afternoon in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Jake DeBrusk, Connor Clifton, David Backes and Danton Heinen also scored for the Bruins, who carried over the momentum they gained in the third period of the series opener on Thursday.
The Bruins scored four unanswered goals in the final period to win Game 1 by a 5-2 margin and tallied the first six goals Sunday, giving them 10 straight goals in the series before Carolina’s Justin Williams scored at 11:17 of the third period.
Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes, stealing an outlet pass from Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask and putting the puck into an empty net at 17:32 of the third.
Rask made 21 saves, while Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 19 of 25 shots.
The Bruins won the first two games at home for the first time in three playoff series this postseason. They lost the opener to Toronto in the first round and dropped Game 2 against Columbus in the second round.
The Bruins showed off their depth and youth Sunday, as goal scorers Grzelcyk, DeBrusk and Heinen are all in their second full NHL seasons and Clifton is a rookie.
Grzelcyk opened the scoring at 15:22 of the first, taking a pass from Marcus Johansson and sneaking a shot under Mrazek’s right arm.
DeBrusk made it 2-0 at 18:32 of the period with a power-play goal. DeBrusk was stationed at the top of the crease and got three swipes at the puck before putting it into the net.
Clifton scored his first career NHL goal at 3:46 of the second, taking a pass from Johansson and burying it into a nearly empty net.
Grzelcyk scored a power-play goal at 17:56 of the second to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead.
Boston continued to pile on in the third, with Backes and Heinen both scoring in the opening 4:32 of the period.
Charlie Coyle and Torey Krug each had three assists for the Bruins.
The Bruins were 2 for 2 on the power play while the Hurricanes were 0 for 4.
Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday night at Carolina.