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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals Open Thread- May 9/19

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Game 1 between Boston and Carolina goes tonight as the NHL’s Final 4 teams begin their battle for the Cup!

Carolina Hurricanes v Boston Bruins Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

BOSTON BRUINS vs CAROLINA HURRICANES- 8:00PM EDT/5:00PM PDT

Having dispatched the Toronto Maple Leafs in 7 games and the Columbus Blue Jackets in 6, the Boston Bruins are looking like they are ready to make another stab at raising Lord Stanley’s mug. I know that’s gross but here we are. Standing in their way are the Mighty Jerks of Carolina. They easily handled the New York Islanders in Round 2 after an epic 7 game series against the defending champion Washington Capitals in Round 1. Carolina’s injuries have had time to heal up and they should be ready to get back at it tonight.

For a series that features a wild card team taking on one that finished 2nd in their division, this one’s a lot closer than it looks. The Bruins only finished 9 points ahead of the Hurricanes in the regular season, but if there’s an advantage to be had it’s on the PP. The Bruins have been the best so far in the post season with the extra attacker, while Carolina has struggled. They’ve also been hard pressed to kill off penalties, something that seems not optimal facing a team that is scoring power plays as often as the Bruins and is also getting a ton of calls their way this year (well that never happens... so weird, right?).

We’d like to believe that after incidents involving Charlie McAvoy, Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara that the officials would be trying to call the Bruins on their bullshit, but much like hockey’s MSM the league loves them some Bruins. Like I said, it’s all gross and if there’s any justice, the Bruins finally get what’s coming to them.

Good news for the Canes is that they will get Micheal Ferland back in the lineup, and his physical presence is going to be a pushback factor against the Bruins. It’ll probably come down to a game time decision but we may see Petr Mrazek return from his lower body injury suffered in Game 2 against the Islanders. Curtis MacElhinney was stellar in relief for Mrazek, winning 3 straight games.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

Crossover from Orange County, CA AVERSION is one of those bands that never really received their due back in the day, but the tunes hold up really well. Off their 1990 debut album ‘Fit To Be Tied’ here’s ‘Let It Go’.