BOSTON — The Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron said he knew what was coming from the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2.
"We were expecting them to be more aggressive," the forward said. "We were expecting them to come out and play harder. They're the team that never gives up."
The Canes didn't against New Jersey in the first round, bouncing back from a 4-1 loss in Game 1 to win Game 2 and going on to win the series in seven games. Now, the Hurricanes have bounced back from a 4-1 loss to the Bruins in the opener for a 3-0 victory Sunday to even the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
"We never expected it was going to be a quick series," Bergeron said.
Goals by the Canes' Joe Corvo and Matt Cullen in the second period — Cullen with a shorthanded score — gave Carolina a 2-0 lead. Then, in the final seconds of the period, Chad LaRose got off a shot that had the puck hit the crossbar, ricochet straight down toward the goal line and bounce around.
The Canes thought it was a goal, even though the referee immediately waved it off. After a seven-minute review, the no-goal call stood.
"I guess that was a bit of a break for us," Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference said. "But at that point of the game we're still down 2-0, so it's not like we were riding a big wave of momentum."
And the call didn't adversely affect the Canes.
"Everyone said we scored, but you've just got to move on from there," LaRose said. "It was no goal, that's what the call was, and you've got to move forward.
"It took a while but we didn't need it. We moved on."
With Cam Ward making 35 saves — "He's our rock," Eric Staal said — in his second shutout of the playoffs, the Canes moved the series back to Raleigh with a 1-1 split.
"We were on the attack, we were skating, we were playing our game," Staal said. "We knew we needed to be better than we were in Game 1, and we fought hard."