Bruins make it to Stanley Cup Final for third time in nine years

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BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) — It’s becoming awfully expensive to be a Boston sports fan in New England.

For the third time in nine years, the Boston Bruins are back in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins, the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, swept the Carolina Hurricanes in the conference finals in four games outscoring their opponent 17-5.

The Bruins stars came to play in the series-clinching win on Thursday night. The top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak combined for all four goals and assists in Game 4.

The first two goals came on the power play during the second period, and the last two came in the final period. Goaltender Tuukka Rask, who is playing arguably the best hockey of his career, turned in another stellar outing stopping all 24 shots he faced.

The team returned to Boston Friday to begin preparations for Game 1, where they could either face the St. Louis Blues or the San Jose Sharks.

The schedule for the series has not been released yet, but there have been talks that Game 1 may take place the night of Memorial Day.

The Bruins are the third New England team to make it to a championship game. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series last fall and the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53 earlier this year.

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