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Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Five things Rangers can do to win Game 3

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Regardless of whether New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is just trying to preserve some positivity around his club after a pair of losses in Boston, his message for how he feels going into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Bruins on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) was crystal clear.

"I'm very optimistic as far as where we're going as a team here," Tortorella said following practice Monday.

The Rangers again find themselves in an 0-2 series hole coming back to Madison Square Garden for Games 3 and 4. They dug out of it against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and won the series in seven games, but no team in NHL history has won back-to-back series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after losing the first two games.

"We've been here before," Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "We're playing a good team, but we're confident that we can turn this around. That's our mindset. It has to be. To come home to play in our own building, I think we'll be better."

Lundqvist: Shoulder injury is 'under control'

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist attempted to put to rest any fear that an injury to his left shoulder is something that potentially could hurt his chances of playing in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

"It's under control," Lundqvist said after practice Monday. "I landed on the ice awkwardly and it hurt a little bit. It's under control."

Lundqvist appeared to hurt himself after extending his left arm to cover the puck just above the slot with 4:52 remaining in the third period of Game 2 at TD Garden on Sunday. He needed some extra time from the officials to gather himself and flex his arm a bit, but he stayed in the game and was on the ice for the entire practice Monday.

He indicated that he didn't even think about sitting out practice.

Rangers know what it takes to overcome 0-2 hole

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BOSTON -- The situation facing the New York Rangers is exactly the same as it was two weeks ago, but goalie Henrik Lundqvist has identified one problem that ruins the comparison between trying to dig out of an 0-2 hole against the Washington Capitals and climbing out of the same ditch against the Boston Bruins.

"I think we are playing a better team now, so it's going to be tough to do it," Lundqvist said.

The Rangers will give it a try starting with Game 3 Tuesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN), where they are 3-0 in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"There will be no give in this team," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "Again, we need to go win a game, not look anywhere else, just try to win our first home game of this series."

They did that in Game 3 against Washington, but it seemed easier considering they were coming off a 1-0 overtime loss in Game 2 at Verizon Center, not a 5-2 loss to Boston at TD Garden after giving up the final three goals of the game.

Rangers goalie Lundqvist felt discomfort in shoulder

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Henrik Lundqvist
Goalie - NYR
GAA: 2.10 | SVP: 0.935
BOSTON -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said he experienced some discomfort in his left shoulder after making a save on Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille with 4:52 remaining in the third period of Game 2 Sunday at TD Garden.

"It's my shoulder, we'll see," Lundqvist said following the Rangers' 5-2 loss. "We'll take a look at it."

Lundqvist stopped Paille's shot with his chest and dove on the puck in front of the crease to cover it and stop play. He stayed down briefly before getting up, then started to skate back and forth through the paint, flexing his left arm.

Officials held play for several extra seconds to let him work it out.

Rookie defenseman Krug providing thrills for Bruins

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- If Torey Krug remains in the Boston Bruins' lineup for the remainder of this Eastern Conference Semifinal, the New York Rangers are going to have to find a way to scare the rookie defenseman.

Torey Krug
Defense - BOS
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 3
SOG: 5 | +/-: 2

Because right now he's not only fearless, he's turning the series into a horror show for the Rangers.

In the lineup only because Dennis Seidenberg joined Andrew Ference and Wade Redden as an injured veteran Bruins defenseman before the start of this second-round series, Krug punished the Rangers again with his accurate shot and offensive skill in Game 2 Sunday.

Krug scored his second goal of the series and added an assist in the Bruins' 5-2 win. Boston leads the best-of-7 series 2-0 with Game 3 Tuesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN).

Asked if he should be at least a little scared on the ice, Krug replied, "Maybe I should. I don't know, but for me, if I do that, I'm going to get myself in trouble …. I was just trying to go out there, not fear anything, don't be scared to make mistakes, and I was fortunate enough to help the team again [Sunday]."

Bruins' Boychuk has playoff scoring touch

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- When you're as prolific a Stanley Cup Playoff scorer as Johnny Boychuk is relative to his regular-season production, you don't let a couple near misses discourage your aggressiveness.

So after the Boston Bruins defenseman was denied the game-winning goal twice Thursday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals by posts he hit at the end of regulation and in overtime, he buried one of his two shots on net past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in Game 2 Sunday.

Boychuk's goal at 12:08 of the second period stood up as the game-winner in the Bruins' 5-2 victory at TD Garden. Boston leads the best-of-7 series 2-0 with Game 3 Tuesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN).

"It happens," Boychuk said of his shots hitting iron. "You've just got to come back and do the same thing. Well, not the same thing, but just correct your stick a little bit."

Without playoff goal, Jagr 'not going to give up'

Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 6:46 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Despite a Hall of Fame resume, Boston Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr is in a battle with his confidence heading into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers.

Jagr hasn't scored a goal in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games this season and is goalless in 17 consecutive playoff games dating to last season. It's the longest postseason drought of his career.

"It doesn't really matter how many goals you've scored before, the confidence comes with any play -- any good play can give you the confidence, any good pass that can score a goal can change it around," Jagr said after practice Saturday at TD Garden, where Game 2 will be played Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, RDS, TSN). "You've just got to work hard and go through it. I'm not going to give up. Of course I'd like to help this team a little more than I do right now, but the only thing I can do about it is work hard."

Jagr's work ethic has never been in doubt. With the Philadelphia Flyers last season he had keys to the practice facility so he could work out whenever he wanted to. It wasn't the only place he's done that.

Brassard: No regrets on play that led to Bruins' win

Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 5:19 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BOSTON -- New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard can live with the decision he made with the puck near the end of overtime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Bruins, the decision that directly led to the Bruins' game-winning goal.

He did say he would like the opportunity to rewind to the moment so he could try it again.

"It was the right play," Brassard said Saturday after the first full-team practice since his team lost 3-2 in overtime in Game 1. "I just need to make it."

Brassard carried the puck down the right wing with speed. He looked to his left and saw linemate Rick Nash coming down from the point into open space near the circle and Ryan McDonagh cutting through the middle to the net. Brassard tried to get the puck to Nash, but Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara used his long stick and reach to poke it away, setting up a 2-on-1 for Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

Rangers PP turning into advantage for their opponent

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BOSTON -- The New York Rangers power play has regressed from being ineffective to creating momentum for the other team. If it continues this way, the light at the end of the tunnel is bound to go dark after the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

"We said early on that special teams wins you games, wins you series," Rangers forward Rick Nash said, "and we're not getting it done right now."

They weren't even close in Game 1 against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, when they went 0-for-3 in a 3-2 overtime loss to fall to 2-for-31 on the power play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Rangers struggled to even gain the zone against the Bruins' aggressive penalty kill. Their breakouts weren't clean and they turned over the puck.

Bruins power play had key role in series opener

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- It's a rare sight to see the Boston Bruins' power play as a weapon that wears out the opposition and tilts a game in Boston's favor.

If you didn't witness it, and didn't hear everyone talking about it, you might not believe how important the man-advantage was to the Bruins' 3-2, Game 1 win against the New York Rangers Thursday in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

In addition to tying the game on a Torey Krug power-play goal, the Bruins kept the Rangers pinned in their zone for nearly the entire four minutes of a minor to New York defenseman John Moore late in regulation then a Derek Dorsett minor penalty in overtime.

"You've just got to keep the momentum on your side. I think our two units [Thursday] were creating some pretty good scoring chances," Bruins center David Krejci said. "Even though we didn't score, other than Krug's goal, we kept the momentum on our side. And right after the power play, the next line who was out there, they were playing well, they kept the momentum on our side. So it's very important, too, if you don't score on the power play, to create some chances and keep the momentum on your side."

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