Bruins beat Carolina 2-1, take 3-0 series lead

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) and Brad Marchand (63) skate for the puck with Carolina Hurricanes' Brett Pesce (22) and Jordan Staal during the

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) and Brad Marchand (63) skate for the puck with Carolina Hurricanes' Brett Pesce (22) and Jordan Staal during the

Boston Bruins' Connor Clifton controls the puck while Carolina Hurricanes' Nino Niederreiter (21), of Switzerland, defends during the first period in

Boston Bruins' Connor Clifton controls the puck while Carolina Hurricanes' Nino Niederreiter (21), of Switzerland, defends during the first period in

Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) controls the puck against Carolina Hurricanes' Brett Pesce (22) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey

Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) controls the puck against Carolina Hurricanes' Brett Pesce (22) during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey

Carolina Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland (79) and Nino Niederreiter (21), of Switzerland, try to score against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40), of F

Carolina Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland (79) and Nino Niederreiter (21), of Switzerland, try to score against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40), of F

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period, and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final.

Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots for the Bruins, who have won six straight postseason games for the first time since 1978. They are one victory away from their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in nine years.

Boston will go for the sweep on Thursday night.

Calvin de Haan scored and Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves for the Hurricanes while starting in place of Petr Mrazek, who allowed 10 goals in the first two games of the series.