Bruins beat Carolina to take 3-0 series lead

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins stood tall during an early deluge of shots and penalties, patiently waiting for their chance to take over the game.

Then one big burst put them on the brink of another trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night, taking a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final after Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period.

"The moral of the story is, we got through the first period - however you want to describe it - and off we went after that," coach Bruce Cassidy said.

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 appearance in nine years.

Boston will go for the sweep on Thursday night.

"This year, I feel like we really have each other's backs," Rask said. "We've been in some tight games, and then our depth comes in, and we score some goals and we take over the games."

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.

This one was closer, but it still wasn't enough to keep alive Carolina's postseason perfection at home - where a pig named Hamilton looks on from behind the corner boards.

"There's no way around it. There's no way to sugarcoat it," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. We got kicked in the you-know-where."

PRO BASEBALL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered twice to become the third-youngest player to hit his first two major league homers in the same game, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 Tuesday night.

Guerrero, who finished with three hits and four RBIs, became the youngest in franchise history to go deep.

The 20-year-old Guerrero homered in the first inning against Giants opener Nick Vincent (0-2), his first in 14 big league games. His drive to straightaway center was measured at 111.3 mph and traveled an estimated 438 feet.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was placed on administrative leave Tuesday by Major League Baseball following his arrest for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery.

Urias was taken into custody Monday night in the parking lot of a shopping mall, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said. No details were released.

MLB subsequently placed the left-hander on administrative leave while it looks into his arrest. The leave was effective Tuesday and can last up to seven days. In previous MLB investigations, the length of the administrative leave has frequently been extended while the probe continues.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees have acquired veteran slugger Kendrys Morales from the Oakland Athletics.

New York is also getting cash from Oakland and will send a player to be named or cash in the deal announced by the teams Tuesday night.

The A's acquired Morales from Toronto on March 27, and the 13-year major league veteran appeared in 34 games. The switch-hitter batted .204 with one homer and seven RBIs before being designated for assignment Monday.

PRO GOLF

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Rory McIlroy will likely go to the 2020 Olympics and represent Ireland.

The 30-year-old from Northern Ireland disclosed his decision Tuesday, two days before the start of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

McIlroy skipped the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 in part because he felt the Olympics were forcing him to decide whether he would represent the United Kingdom or Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.

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