Seth Jarvis and Antti Raanta help the Hurricanes overtake Bruins 3-2 at the top of the series

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Rookie Seth Jarvis scored two goals and Antti Raanta finished with 34 saves to help Carolina hurricanes hit the Boston Bruins 5-1 Tuesday night for 3-2 in the first round playoff series.

Defenders Jaccob Slavin and Tony DeAngelo scored goals in the first period for the Hurricanes and Vincent Trocheck added an empty net.

The series has yet to see a team secure a road win. It wasn’t even close to happening in this one, with the Hurricanes playing up front and bringing the action into a much cleaner performance than their error-ridden performances in Boston.

With the win in Game 5, the Hurricanes have two chances to close the Bruins. Game 6 is Thursday in Boston and Game 7, if necessary, on home ice on Saturday.

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Seth Jarvis, center of the Carolina Hurricanes, celebrates his goal with teammate Vincent Trocheck (16) during the second period of game 5 of a first-round playoff series of the Stanley Cup NHL hockey against the Boston Bruins in Raleigh, NC, Tuesday May 10, 2022.
(Photo AP / Karl B DeBlaker)

Raanta was sharp all night, highlighted by blocking a Brad Marchand left alone at the top of the crease by stepping down and placing his left wrist on the puck in the first period. He made a closure until the middle of the third period, when Connor Clifton quickly scored for the 4-1.

Then there was Jarvis, who had a tough Game 4 when he took a puck in the groin on a slap from teammate Brendan Smith. He mocked him Tuesday earlier, also saying he still suffered from it.

Never mind, Jarvis was willing to fight in the fold to set both of his goals. The first came when he was knocked onto the ice on the left side by Brandon Carlo, but turned his stick to hit the puck, which hit the right skate of Boston’s Jake DeBrusk and fluttered over Jeremy Swayman to reach the net for a 3-0 lead at 15:52 of the second.

He came out with another early in the third, catching up with Swayman to enclose a disc that had slipped under the netminder and beating him at 3:31 of the third.

Carolina took the 2-0 lead in the series with two strong home performances. But the Bruins regrouped on home ice, capitalizing on 14 Carolina penalties alongside the Hurricanes who seemed to be losing their cool in Game 4, leveling the series.

This time around, the Hurricanes stayed out of the box (three penalties) to keep the game largely at their favorite strength in a match with far fewer scuffles and post-whistle antics from both teams.

Swayman finished with 33 saves, including several big stops for the Bruins, and keeping them close to the start when Carolina claimed control.

MCAVOY IN

Boston had a surprise addition with defender Charlie McAvoy.

McAvoy was a late scratch for Game 4 on Sunday due to COVID-19 protocols and coach Bruce Cassidy said on Tuesday he would miss Game 5 as well. But McAvoy went down in the afternoon and was spotted entering the PNC Arena, then joined his warm-up squad when the Bruins tweeted that McAvoy had canceled the protocol.

McAvoy saw 25:14 on ice.

LINDHOLM OUT

Boston defender Hampus Lindholm missed his third straight game. He hasn’t played since being equalized on a jarring shoulder-to-chest blow from Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov in the Game 2 defeat. Cassidy said Lindholm did not travel to North Carolina for Game 5.

THREE POINT NIGHTS

DeAngelo, who had three assists in Game 2, played another three-point game with two assists. Trocheck also had two assists, while Teuvo Teravainen had three assists.