OUTCOME: The Boston Bruins have earned a postseason berth in this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden. Daniel Paille, Blake Wheeler and Steve Begin all netted shorthanded goals on the same penalty in a span of 1:04 to lead Boston to victory. Milan Lucic contributed an empty-net goal.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Fortunately for the Bruins, their penalty-killing unit accomplished what the power play couldn’t. Boston scored three shorthanded goals, while the power play remains in hibernation. The Bruins have failed to score on the power play in the last seven games and is now 0 for their last 22 while on the man advantage.
SAVE OF THE GAME: Doesn’t go to a goalie this time. The Bruins' Patrice Bergeron received a much-deserved standing ovation from the sellout crowd at the Garden when he saved what could have been the game-tying goal only three minutes into the third period. With a delay penalty, Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask was on the bench for the extra attacker when the puck ricocheted off the board in the Carolina end and trickled all the way back into Boston’s zone. The puck was heading for the center of the net when Bergeron hustled back and prevented the six ounces of vulcanized rubber from crossing the goal line. The play was reviewed but it stood as no goal.
UP NEXT: The Bruins close out the regular season at noontime on Sunday against the Capitals in Washington.