During the playoffs, Boston is 2nd in scoring, putting up 3.31 gpg, while also ranking 1st in goals allowed at 2.06, 1st in power play conversions at 31.9% and 4th in penalty kill at 85.7%. With a chance to clinch another series, Tuukka Rask was ideal - again. Scoring winger Brad Marchand and goaltender Tuukka Rask have been among the best playoff performers, too, and Boston's depth has been incredible. Rask has closed two straight series with shutouts and continued to look the part of a leading Conn Smythe Trophy candidate. Both Bergeron and Pastrnak scored on second-period power plays.
Chara - the oldest player in the National Hockey League at 42 years old and now in his 21st season - was unable to play in the final game of the series due to an undisclosed injury.
"It's so hard to advance in the playoffs, let alone make it to the final", Rask told reporters after the game. "But then it's back to work, and there's a lot of work in front of us".
On its longest postseason win streak since reeling off nine straight in 1972, Boston earned a break before taking on the West victor.
This marks Boston's third Stanley Cup final appearance in the past decade, and with neither the San Jose Sharks or St. Louis Blues pulling ahead by a considerable margin in the Western Conference final, the Bruins could have an extended break before they hit the ice again.
Boston hasn't had much rest throughout its playoff run and has had to quickly turn the page from one series to the next.
Earlier this postseason, Carolina's Dougie Hamilton boldly patted New York's Brock Nelson on the head during handshakes after the Hurricanes swept the Islanders in the second round. "It's been running on adrenaline and sheer will". It's always tough to swallow when the season ends, just abruptly like that.
The Carolina Hurricanes surprised many in the 2nd half of the season and they came into this series having won their last six games in a row, but they just can't seem to figure out the Bruins.
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.
Let's be honest: the Canes were telegraphing mental exhaustion over the past few days, and a Boston series win felt inevitable after the Bruins took Game 3 in Raleigh.
The Hurricanes weren't able to get anything going offensively in the second period and they have failed to make the necessary adjustments to put any pressure on the Bruins.
Waddell was GM of the Atlanta Thrashers from 1998-2010, and after three seasons as a scout for the Penguins, was hired as president of the Hurricanes on July 1, 2014.
"Everything's going OK, then we get into that specialty area where that's obviously a huge advantage for them", coach Rod Brind'Amour said.