Brad Marchand and the Bruins cut the deficit against the Hurricanes

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BOSTON – Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists as the Boston Bruins used a three-goal surge in the second and third periods to split in a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in the third game of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Friday night.

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The Hurricanes still hold a 2-1 best-of-seven series lead going into Game 4 on Sunday afternoon.

After Carolina’s Vincent Trocheck opened the scoring at 9:17, Boston went on a four-goal run through Charlie Coyle, Marchand, David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall. The two midfield goals came in the second period.

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Coyle and Pastrnak have compiled multi-point nights adding assists.

Both goaltenders made their Stanley Cup Playoff debuts. Boston’s Jeremy Swayman was calm all night as he tallied 25 saves, holding himself especially steady during a frenetic 20-second streak in front of the net that featured several high-quality chances.

Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 24 shots and Jaccob Slavin also scored for Carolina.

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Carolina scored the first for the third straight game in the series as Trocheck buried his second goal of this year’s playoffs in a released net. Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo’s turnover led to Brendan Smith’s first shot.

Coyle’s shorthanded goal with 2:44 remaining in the first period tied the game. Jake DeBrusk sent a brilliant flow from the left side past a defender into the low slot and a right to Coyle for an easy finish.

Boston took its first series lead 5:41 into the second period when Marchand controlled the carom with a blocked shot, cut down the middle and fired a shot under Kochetkov’s blocker.

Carolina killed the first 91-second five-for-three penalty, but Pastrnak extended the Bruins’ lead by covering a wrist from the left circle at 14:53 of the second.

At 4:08 of the third, Hall scored the home side’s second straight power-play goal with a pass in front of Patrice Bergeron’s net.

Slavin took the Hurricanes to 4-2 as his left-point shot beat Swayman with 8:30 left.

Carolina forward Jordan Martinook (lower body) did not return as he was injured in a fall after chasing the Bruins’ Taylor Hall in a run along the team benches in the second period .

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