Bruins beat Hurricanes to force Game 7

Boston 4 Carolina 2 RALEIGH, N.C. — The Boston Bruins played an entire season to get to this point: a winner-take-all Game 7 in their building.

Carolina Hurricanes' Erik Cole gets upended as he collides with Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas as Bruins' Dennis Wideman (6) looks on during the third period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Eastern Conference semifinal series in Raleigh

Boston 4 Carolina 2

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Boston Bruins played an entire season to get to this point: a winner-take-all Game 7 in their building.

With those high stakes, the NHL’s top remaining seed wasn’t about to get caught up in settling a score. Instead, the Bruins moved a step closer to giving the Carolina Hurricanes a different kind of knockout punch.

They evened the Eastern Conference semifinals and sent the series back to Boston for a decisive seventh game by beating Carolina 4-2 Tuesday night.

“We’ve been working hard all year to get home-ice advantage,” centre Patrice Bergeron said. “And there it is, and we have it.”

Mark Recchi had a goal and an assist. Marc Savard scored before leaving in the third period with a minor leg injury. Steve Montador and Chuck Kobasew added goals, Bergeron had two assists and Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots in his second straight victory.

“Basically, I’m trying not to let them get anything to feed off of,” Thomas said.

The Bruins led 2-0 barely five minutes in and made it stand to win their second straight since falling one loss shy of elimination. The reward: A trip back to Beantown for Thursday night’s Game 7, their first at home since losing in the first round to Montreal in 2004.

“From the time we fell behind 3-1 in the series, our goal was to create a Game 7,” coach Claude Julien said. “We’re there now. … Getting to Game 7 is one thing. Now we’ve got to decide what we’re going to do with it.”

And there wasn’t even any need to retaliate for what they considered a sucker punch thrown by Carolina’s Scott Walker near the end of Game 5.

Matt Cullen and Sergei Samsonov scored for the Hurricanes. Their first losing streak of the playoffs has put them in danger of blowing a 3-1 series lead for the first time in franchise history.

“I believe in this hockey team. I really do, and sometimes that means you say unkind things to them because you expect more and better out of them,” said coach Paul Maurice after his post-game speech was described, perhaps sarcastically, by defenceman Tim Gleason as “uplifting.”

At least Carolina is used to playing Game 7s. Each of the Hurricanes’ previous three playoff series dating to the 2006 Stanley Cup run also went the full seven games, and they won all three.

“It seems like whenever you counted us out was when we played our best,” captain Rod Brind’Amour said. “So I’m sure everyone’s counting us out right now.”

Cam Ward stopped 15 shots and allowed four goals for the second straight game. In four previous starts after a loss, he was 4-0 and had allowed a total of four goals.

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