The Bruins polished off their sweep on Thursday night, beating Carolina 4-0 in Game 4 for their seventh straight postseason victory - their longest streak in the playoffs since they reeled off nine straight wins in 1972.
Back in 2011 it was Tim Thomas who played unbelievable in the Bruins crease, finishing 16-9 with a.940 save percentage, 1.98 goals-against average and four shutouts. Both Bergeron and Pastrnak scored on second-period power plays.
Of all teams to execute a semifinal series sweep in the past 50 years, the Bruins have done so the most.
Boston hasn't had much rest throughout its playoff run and has had to quickly turn the page from one series to the next.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy heaped on the praise when speaking to reporters at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., at his post-game availability.
All three teams advanced to the Conference Finals in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He is now just one shutout away from tying Cheevers's Bruins record of eight total playoff shutouts. "And you've got to go home". It is the Hurricanes first playoff appearance since 2009.
After outscoring them 17-5 in four games, Boston no doubt wants to halt that trend - especially with the sport's biggest prize on the line.
The Bruins lead the series, 3-0, and seek a sweep after a 2-1 win over Carolina in game three on Tuesday.
After Game 3, Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton admitted that the Canes' power play hadn't been good "for some time".
Eighteen seconds into a minor on the Hurricanes for having too many men on the ice, Pastrnak finished off a slick give-and-go with Marchand, getting past Calvin de Haan and slipping the puck into an open net at 4:46 of the second.
This is to say take the historical numbers as you will, because if past results have taught us anything, it's that neither sweeping the semifinal round or clawing to make it through provides a clear-cut advantage when it comes to winning the Stanley Cup. "And they made us pay".
The last "bad night" Rask had was his team's meaningless regular-season finale against the Lightning in which he allowed five goals on 21 shots. With Rask stopping 109 of the 114 shots he faced in the series, the Bruins trailed in only one game - the first one. "Usually, if you're going to get on a roll, your goaltender's going to have to win a game for you somewhere along the way or steal one for you".
That this game was scoreless after 20 minutes was a testament to McElhinney, who came up with several early gems - including robbing Marchand from close range with his glove about 7½ minutes in.