BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins scored two power-play goals 28 seconds apart in the third period to take the lead in a 5-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden on Thursday.
Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist, Brad Marchand had two assists, and Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for the Bruins, who have won four games in a row.
Johansson scored to tie the game 2-2 on the rebound of a Marchand one-timer at 2:26 of the third with Jordan Staal in the penalty box for boarding Chris Wagner.
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Patrice Bergeron gave Boston a 3-2 lead at 2:54 after former Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton was called for roughing Joakim Nordstrom. He scored on a one-timer from the slot off a one-touch pass by Marchand.
"I think it's nice to get those goals," Bergeron said, "and you know, I think we took the momentum once we did, and after that it's kind of contagious and every line got going, and that's what you need."
Petr Mrazek, in his first game since he left Game 2 of the second round against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury, made 23 saves for the Hurricanes, who had won six in a row.
"We're not going to win if we don't play better than that," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We had spurts, but that's not going to be good enough, I don't think, during the regular season. Certainly, it's not going to be good enough at this time of the year. So we'll regroup and try to get better for the next game."
Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is at Boston on Sunday.
Steven Kampfer, in the lineup because of defenseman Charlie McAvoy's one-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson in Game 6 of the second round, gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 2:55 of the first period. Johansson stole the puck at the Boston blue line and skated it into the Carolina zone before passing across to Kampfer, who scored with a wrist shot from the high slot.
Video: CAR@BOS, Gm1: Kampfer opens scoring early for Bruins
Sebastian Aho tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 3:42. Staal won the ensuing face-off after Sean Kuraly's roughing penalty back to Andrei Svechnikov, who took a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that Aho tipped past Rask.
Greg McKegg gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead at 9:18 of the second period. After taking a handoff from Jordan Martinook at the red line, McKegg gained the zone with speed and beat Rask under the goalie's right arm from the bottom of the left circle.
"This playoff, we've been successful holding leads, and we got kicked in the pants a little bit today," Carolina captain Justin Williams said. "That hasn't happened in a while, and we've got to get the next one."
Charlie Coyle scored an empty-net goal at 17:47 to make it 4-2, and Wagner scored unassisted at 17:58 for the 5-2 final.
"I thought the third was the way we want to play," Bergeron said. "I'm not going to lie: The second goal got us going, got the momentum on our side and then we got rolling. The third period was a little bit more the type of game we want to bring."
Video: CAR@BOS, Gm1: Aho tips in Svechnikov's shot for PPG
They said it
"I think we were playing a not-bad game but had the lead in the third and took some penalties and gave them the lead. So tough to come back from that." -- Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who was called for two of three penalties against Carolina in the first 5:29 of the period
"Outstanding for a player that's been out of the lineup for quite some time. I've been talking about him a couple days ago, he's always in a positive mindset and he works hard. It's not easy to come into a playoff game, for a guy like that who's been out of the lineup for [a while], he did a [heck] of a job." -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara on defenseman Steven Kampfer, who played his first game since Game 3 of the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 15
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Need to know
Since the NHL adopted the conference format for the 1981-82 season, teams that won Game 1 of the conference finals have a series record of 46-26 (.639). … Aho has a three-game goal streak, one shy of the Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers postseason record (Ray Sheppard, 1999; Bates Battaglia, 2002). … Marchand leads the NHL with 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 14 games in the playoffs. It's the third time in his career he's had at least that many in a postseason. Ray Bourque has the most 15-point playoffs for the Bruins (1983, 1988, 1990, 1991). … The 28 seconds between the Johansson and Bergeron goals were the third fastest in the playoffs in Bruins history (seven seconds, Game 4 of the 1989 Adams Division Finals; nine seconds, Game 1 of the 1975 preliminary round).
Game 2 of Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Video: Bruins net two quick goals in 3rd, take Game 1 of ECF