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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals Open Thread- May 12/19

After a lackluster performance in Game 1, the Carolina Hurricanes hope to head back to Raleigh with a split by beating the Boston Bruins. And Canada looks to bounce back from an opening game loss to Finland as they take on Great Britain at the 2019 IIHF World Championships.

Carolina Hurricanes v Boston Bruins - Game One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images


The Carolina Hurricanes probably learned a few valuable lessons in that Game 1 loss to Boston Thursday night. One was never underestimate just how bad the officiating can be in this year’s playoffs. The other was don’t give the Bruins chances on the PP. I’d like to believe that we’re not gonna see Boston gifted 3 power plays in the first 6 minutes of the 3rd again today but if history’s taught us something, it’s never ever bet against the Bruins on this.

That being said, the Bruins are likely going to need to continue hoping for help like this as Carolina’s doing just fine 5 on 5, thank you very much. They’ve also been down in a series before so it’s not likely there’s any sense of panic heading into Game 2.

The Canes should be getting Jordan Martinook back for today’s contest, while Steven Kampfer, who made the most of his insertion into the lineup because of the Charlie McAvoy “suspension”, will be back in the press box today.

CANADA (0-0-0-1) VS GREAT BRITAIN (0-0-0-1)- 2:00PM EDT/11:00AM PDT

After a frustrating loss to the surprisingly high-flying Finns, Team Canada is back at it in Group A action, hoping to get out of the basement with the team they’re currently tied with: Great Britain. Back in the main tournament for the first time since 1994, the Brits came up with a solid effort yesterday in a 3-1 loss to Germany. Great Britain was promoted in last year’s Division 1 Worlds as they scored to tie Hungary with 15.6 seconds left. Team Canada added Tyson Jost of the Colorado Avalanche and Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Columbus Blue Jackets, though it looks like neither will be in the lineup today.

The USA defeated France 7-1 today. Quinn Hughes had an assist for the Americans, and Thatcher Demko stopped 23 of 24 French shots for the victory. After an opening round loss to Slovakia, Demko may have wrestled the starters job away from Cory Schneider, which is all kinds of awkward.


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