NHL Conference Finals: Bruins Sweep Hurricanes with 4-0 Win

NHL Conference Finals: Bruins Sweep Hurricanes with 4-0 Win

They didn't let up in the Eastern Conference finals, either. "It's something we've stressed to the younger guys that they're pretty darn fortunate to be in the Stanley Cup Final now", said Backes. Chara is headed to the Hall of Fame once he retires regardless of what happens, but a second Stanley Cup could be the final accomplishment that punches the Hall ticket for Bergeron as well. The four-game victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final was Boston's last sweep in any round before this season. They got the short playoff series they desperately needed with the four-game sweep of the Canes. Now, they have won seven straight games while giving up just nine goals in the process.

Rask's shutout was the third of his National Hockey League career in a series-clinching game; in addition to shutting out the Blue Jackets in Game 6 of the second round and the Hurricanes in Game 4, he also shut out the Penguins in Game 4 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Final. This was Rask's second consecutive series-clinching shutout.

Handshakes following a playoff series is one of the NHL's finest traditions. The B's will have the longest period of rest in Stanley Cup history.

As for Boston's offense, it was silent in the first period before coming alive on back to back power play goals in the second. In 16 playoff games this spring, Chara has averaged 22:32 of ice time per game, with one goal and two assists. Boston leads the playoffs with 17 power-play goals. Teammate David Krejci, who had an assist Thursday, reached the milestone in Game 3.

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Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves for the Hurricanes, whose first playoff appearance since 2009 ended precisely the same way their previous postseason trip did - by being swept in the East final. Pederson is next at 141. The Blues' win in Game 4 of the West Final on Friday night guaranteed that their series with the Sharks will go at least six games deep.

The circumstances of the game - on the road with a 3-0 series lead - did not contribute to the decision to sit Chara, Sweeney said. They're beginning now to hit some hard times as they grow older just as the Bruins did about five years ago. After San Jose's Game 1 win, Karlsson explained to Pierre McGuire that things definitely started rough for him, but that his health has improved as the postseason's gone along.

The two shared a laugh and continued to trade compliments before continuing down the line.

"I'd have to go back and look, but I think Tuukka missed, when he was concussed, I think he missed quite a bit of time then came back and played well", Sweeney said.

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