Bruins sweep Hurricanes to reach Stanley Cup Final

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) David Pastrnak, second from left, Brad Marchand (63), Jake DeBrusk (74) and Torey Krug (47) celebrate Pastrnak's goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Boston Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk (48) controls the puck against a chasing Carolina Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho (20), of Finland, as Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) guards the net during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, and Patrice Bergeron (37) look to score on Carolina Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney while Hurricanes' Calvin de Haan (44) defends during the first period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final series in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, defends the goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tuukka Rask posted his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Boston Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes out of the Eastern Conference final, winning 4-0 on Thursday night to reach their third Stanley Cup Final in nine years.

Rask made 24 saves in his second straight series-clinching shutout. Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter. Both Bergeron and Pastrnak scored on second-period power plays.

The Bruins won their seventh straight postseason game — their longest playoff winning streak in nearly half a century — to return to the Cup final after winning it in 2011 and losing to Chicago two years later.

On its longest postseason win streak since reeling off nine straight in 1972, Boston earned a break before taking on the West winner. San Jose leads its series with St. Louis 2-1 heading into Game 4 Friday night.

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