BOSTON — The Canes lost a goal but not the game.
A pair of second-period goals helped the Canes to a 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday night.
The Canes were two-tenths of a second — again — away from a third goal in the second period but it was left on the cutting room floor in Toronto after a lengthy review.
Turns out the Canes didn't need the extra goal.
Joe Corvo and Matt Cullen both scored in the second period to even the series at 1-1.
Chad LaRose appeared to make it 3-0 at the end of the period. After a lengthy review, the on-ice call of no-goal was upheld.
Jussi Jokinen scored the game-winning goal in Game 4 of the first round with two-tenths of a second left.
Eric Staal added an empty-net goal to finish the scoring.
The goals from Corvo and Cullen were the first for each in the playoffs.
Corvo's early goal in the second, just 2:30 in, put the Canes up 1-0.
Cullen added a short-handed goal about 5 minutes later, increasing the Canes' advantage to two goals.
Neither scored in the first-round series or in Game 1 against Boston.
Cam Ward made 35 saves — two phenomenal on a Boston third-period power play — for the shutout.
Maybe Canes coach Paul Maurice was up to some pregame trickery before Game 2.
In the pregames lines, Eric Staal centered a line with Chad LaRose and Erik Cole. Matt Cullen was centering Ray Whitney and Scott Walker, and Jussi Jokinen centering Sergei Samsonov and Tuomo Ruutu. Rod Brind'Amour had Ryan Bayda and Patrick Eaves on the wings.
But when the starting lineups were officially announced, it was Staal at center with Whitney and Cole on the wings.
Scratches: Frantisek Kaberle, Dwight Helminen, Tim Conboy.
Staff photo by Chris Seward