BOSTON – Boston Bruins ice hockey players with Slovak defender Zdenek Cháro and goalkeeper Jaroslav Halák paved the way for the final of the NHL Conference. In the sixth round of the second round of the playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets won 3-0 and 4: 2. They will meet Carolina Hurricanes at the conference finals. Thus, Cháá and Halák will not strengthen the national team of Slovakia at home.
Chara spent more than 26 minutes in the Columbus arena on the ice, and Halak did not pick up. Opportunity again had Finland Tuukka Rask, who recorded the sixth shutout in the fight of the Stanley Cup when he covered all 39 shots. Peter Cehlárik did not appear on the guest list. Bruins took the lead after 33 minutes thanks to David Krejčí. In the third period, Marcus Johansson and David Backes scored another goal. "We played hard, we played solid and we closed, we had a lot of charges in the second period, then in the third we defended weak points thanks to the good defense, there is always easier work when nobody comes after a chance." said Bruhl Rask to nhl.com. In the final of the conference, Boston moved into the final for the first time since 2013, going from 1: 2 to 4: 2. Raska, who in the playoffs picked up the first zero since 2014, also praised coach Bruce Cassidy. "He was our most stable player, he always kept us, I'm proud of him" said the "Bear" coach for the Boston Globe.
The Boston captain of Slovakia posted a video after his departure at his Instagram show where he chatted with fans along with Czech striker David Pastrňák. "I put the skates down so I have to stay on tip" he said to Char about 23 centimeters from Pastrňák and continued: "Incredible victory, great weakening great man. I am proud to be part of your team." The then asked, about 20 years younger, Pastrňák: "How do you feel after you go to the conference finals?" "It's fantastic especially at your side" Pastrňák added.
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In the first round of the playoffs, Columbus eliminated the Tampa Bay base winner in four games, but he did not go through Boston to win the Stanley Cup for the last time in 2011. "We were a very good team on the ice and we wanted to continue, and we'll see what happens in the summer." told Seth Jones, foreign media. Blue Jackets are waiting for a challenging season between seasons. Russian goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky, who was shining in the playoffs as well as his compatriot, striker Artemy Panarin will become a free unprotected player and both refused to extend the contract. Even the attackers Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, who arrived just before the transfer deadline for the Ottawa senators, will have the same status. In the first two games for Carolina, Boston will have the advantage of homemade ice.
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