Brind'Amour: It's obvious Bruins are targeting Canes' goalies
Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour is convinced the Boston Bruins are intentionally targeting his team's goaltenders.
"It can't get any more obvious," Brind'Amour told reporters following his team's Game 2 victory.
Brind'Amour's comments come after Bruins star David Pastrnak appeared to catch Carolina netminder Antti Raanta in the head with his gloved hand Wednesday. The first-period collision left Raanta bleeding from the mouth and forced the goalie out for the remainder of Game 2.
After Pyotr Kochetkov relieved Raanta in net, Bruins agitator Brad Marchand shoved the rookie from behind while the netminder attempted to play the puck toward the end of the second period.
Kochetkov retaliated with a quick jab of his stick before Marchand responded with a two-handed slash.
Both players earned minor penalties for slashing, while Marchand received a $5,000 fine Thursday.
Frederik Andersen, the Hurricanes' No. 1 goaltender, hasn't played since April 16 due to a lower-body injury. Raanta's status for Game 3 is currently uncertain.
Puck drop for Game 3 on Friday starts at 7 p.m. ET. The Hurricanes hold a 2-0 series lead.
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