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Hurricanes claim testy win vs. Bruins, take 2-0 series lead in playoff run

Boston’s David Pastrnak knocked Antti Raanta from the game midway through the first period

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice and the Carolina Hurricanes overcame the early loss of goalie Antti Raanta to beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. 

Boston’s David Pastrnak knocked Raanta from the game midway through the first period when he struck the goaltender in the head with a gloved hand as he tried to skate past him. Rookie Pyotr Kochetkov came on in relief of Raanta to finish with 29 saves. 

Game 3 is Friday night in Boston. Jesper Fast also scored for Carolina. Patrice Bergeron scored twice for Boston.