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Lack of power plays doesn't deter Bruins

Wednesday, 05.22.2013 / 12:42 AM

By Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / Bruins-Rangers series blog

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Lack of power plays doesn't deter Bruins

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers power play certainly needs more work. Their penalty kill, however, hasn't had any of late at Madison Square Garden.

The Boston Bruins did not receive a power play in their 2-1 victory against the Rangers in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference Semifinal series Tuesday night. New York went 0-for-2 and has received the past 11 man-advantages awarded in its building.

That might be a frustrating statistic for most teams, but the Bruins managed to keep their focus in Game 3 and came away with a victory that has the Rangers on the brink of elimination heading into Thursday's Game 4.

The Rangers haven't been shorthanded at Madison Square Garden since defenseman Michael Del Zotto was given a tripping penalty at 16:49 of the first period in Game 4 of their quarterfinal series against the Washington Capitals on May 8.

"I guess we're used to it during the year," Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said after the victory. "We're a team that needs to make sure we're ready to battle to get those. It's OK. In the playoffs, you can't complain. We're a good 5-on-5 team, so we're fine with that."

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