RALEIGH — The Boston Bruins live to fight another day, again.
This time they rode a two-point night by Patrice Bergeron and a 31-save performance by goaltender Tim Thomas to a 4-2 win over Carolina in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at RBC Center tonight.
After trailing the series, 3-1, the Bruins have forced a Game 7 in Boston Thursday night. You can read the complete Game 6 recap at Yahoo!
Bergeron and his line made sure the Bruins got off on the right foot with some ferocious forechecking and a goal just 2:01 in, as the center fed the puck to the front for a redirect by Mark Recchi. With Carolina coming hard and down two late in the second period, Bergeron pulled the same trick by throwing the puck to the front, where this time Chuck Kobasew buried it in the net.
“I thought we carried it over from last game. I thought the forecheck was better and tonight was the same thing,” Bergeron said after the game. “When you have time, you’re going to make some good plays. So we want to make sure they don’t have time and we put some pressure hard on them and make them cough up the puck.”
For the night, Bergeron was a plus-2 with three shots on net. He won just six of 18 draws, but was key in two huge third-period penalty kills by the Bruins when the ‘Canes were back within two.
“This to me was a huge game by Patrice — in both ends of the ice,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “He was outstanding in penalty kill. He got us going with his forecheck and determination to make the plays. And he got a couple assists tonight and to me was probably, without a doubt, his best game of this series.”