BOSTON — With the Bruins holding a five-goal lead in the third period and still not done scoring, fans at TD Garden began a throaty chant of “We want the Cup!”
The next time they see their team, the N.H.L.’s championship trophy might be on the line for real.
Matt Grzelcyk scored twice — his first career multigoal game — and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves on Sunday to lead the Bruins to a 6-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Connor Clifton had his first career N.H.L. goal, Jake DeBrusk, David Backes and Danton Heinen also connected for Boston, and Torey Krug and Charlie Coyle had three assists apiece.
“It does feel contagious,” said Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy, whose team won its fifth straight game and needs two more victories to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in nine seasons. “Everybody’s contributing.”
Petr Mrazek stopped just 19 shots for the Hurricanes, and Justin Williams and Teuvo Teravainen scored after Carolina fell behind by 6-0 in the third period and deprived Rask of a seventh career postseason shutout.
The series moves to Raleigh, N.C., for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The Hurricanes need to win at least one to force a fifth game back in Boston on Saturday night.
The Bruins won, 5-2, in Game 1, but the Hurricanes led early in the third period and it was still 3-2 with four minutes to play. This one wasn’t ever close.
“They’re playing their game; we haven’t gotten to ours,” said Carolina Coach Rod Brind’Amour, whose team also fell behind by 2-0 against the Washington Capitals in the first round before eliminating the defending champions in seven.
Nearly a half century after Bobby Orr soared through the air on Mother’s Day after scoring the goal that finished off the 1970 Stanley Cup, the Hall of Famer was at TD Garden as a pregame hype man known as the banner captain. The crowd gave him a standing ovation, and the team responded as well.
Grzelcyk and DeBrusk scored late in the first period, and Clifton made it 3-0 early in the second. With two minutes left in the middle period and Boston on the power play, Heinen took a long pass out of the Boston zone from Marcus Johansson and drew two defenders with him before sliding it into the slot.
Grzelcyk slipped the puck over to his backhand and beat Mrazek to make it 4-0. Backes scored 1 minutes 10 seconds into the third period, leaving Mrazek looking over to the bench to see if he would be replaced.
“We talked about it, but he doesn’t want to come out,” Brind’Amour said. “He’s a battler.”’
Heinen finished on a feed from Patrice Bergeron to give Boston a six-goal lead with 15 minutes left before Williams got Carolina on the scoreboard.