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Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Lundqvist blames himself for Bruins OT goal

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Henrik Lundqvist could have given himself a pass or pointed a finger at any one of the 18 New York Rangers skaters who play in front of him and blamed them for not stopping the Boston Bruins' surge in overtime Thursday night.

Henrik Lundqvist
Goalie - NYR
RECORD: 4-4-3
GAA: 1.76 | SVP: 0.945

It wasn't Lundqvist's fault he faced 16 shots. It wasn't his fault Derek Dorsett's interference penalty gave the Bruins momentum they would never give back.

But Lundqvist chose to do neither. He instead chose to pin the blame on himself for what he referred to as a "bad decision" on the 2-on-1 rush that led to Brad Marchand's overtime winner 15:40 into the extra period that gave the Bruins a 3-2 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden.

"I mean, it's a tough play but I could play it better," said Lundqvist, who finished the night with 45 saves.

Krug is latest rookie defenseman to step up for Bruins

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- If ice time and responsibility are the surest signs of a coaching staff's faith in a player, then there's no one on the Boston Bruins bench who doubts the abilities of defenseman Torey Krug.

In his debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Krug earned 16:41 of ice time, including shifts on the power play and penalty kill. As a bonus, he scored his first NHL goal -- regular season or playoffs.

Krug's slap shot from the top of the left circle 2:55 into the third period tied the game at 2-2, setting up the Bruins' 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers at TD Garden.

"Honestly, there wasn't too much nerves," said Krug, who'd played in three NHL games prior to Thursday night. "These guys in here are an unbelievable group of guys, the confidence that the coaching staff showed in me and the other guys showed it. I felt very comfortable out there."

Bruins, Rangers, bring similar approaches to series

Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 1:58 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BOSTON -- The longer Henrik Lundqvist went in describing how a typical game between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins is determined, the more difficult it became to ascertain if either team has an advantage heading into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

"Every time we play them it's around the nets, around the blue lines," Lundqvist said. "That's a lot of times where it is decided.

"I see some similarities."

He's not the only one.

The Rangers and Bruins will open the series Thursday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) as mirror images of one another.

Struggling Seguin happy to start with fresh series

Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 1:53 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- As the Boston Bruins struggled offensively and game by game let the Toronto Maple Leafs even their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, one of the thoughts on everyone's mind was whether Tyler Seguin ever would score a goal.

For a while, Seguin was thinking a lot about his slump too.

Although he assisted on Patrice Bergeron's overtime goal in Game 7, Seguin never found the back of the net against the Maple Leafs. With the Bruins' Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the New York Rangers starting Thursday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS), Seguin's going to try to continue his newest approach, which is to stop thinking about results and just let them come from hard work.

"I really try not to think about it," Seguin said of his 11-game goal drought, which includes the final four games of the regular season.

Rangers' run pleases Mets pitcher Harvey

Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 6:18 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey is used to getting approached by fans at ballparks. Posting a 4-0 record and miniscule 1.44 earned-run average this season will earn any major-league pitcher that kind of attention.

But when a group of fans recently greeted the 24-year-old before a game in St. Louis, the topic of discussion wasn't baseball. It was hockey, specifically the New York Rangers.

"I was running around for batting practice and people asked me about the Rangers," Harvey told "It would be nice for them to ask me about pitching and baseball. But while the Rangers are doing their thing, it's not a bad question for people to ask."

With the Rangers set to begin their Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Boston Bruins on Thursday, Harvey has become one of the most high-profile additions to the bandwagon. Growing up, Harvey occasionally played hockey with his cousin in Vermont, but his allegiance to the Rangers mostly developed after the Connecticut native recently befriended Henrik Lundqvist and Brian Boyle, who played hockey at Boston College with a longtime friend of Harvey's.

Brassard thriving with Rangers in first postseason

Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 5:54 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- John Moore doesn't drop his jaw or act surprised when he sees Derick Brassard deliver a picture-perfect, tape-to-tape, cross-zone pass, as he did to set up Carl Hagelin for a New York Rangers goal in Game 4 against the Washington Capitals.

Moore similarly doesn't gush when he sees Brassard make a quick read from behind the goal line to find Arron Asham cutting through the slot for a slam-dunk goal, as he did in Game 3.

These types of crisp passes and quick decisions have long been part of Brassard's game. Moore saw them in spurts when they were teammates on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"I always knew the skill was there," Moore said after practice Wednesday.

Krug hoping to make playoff dream come true

Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 3:29 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- With three of the six defensemen the Boston Bruins started the Stanley Cup Playoffs with possibly on the shelf for the start of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers, Torey Krug's dreams might come true.

"This is going to be amazing. It's what I waited my whole childhood for," Krug said after practice Wednesday at TD Garden. "You know you dream about this as a kid and you watch it on TV, and to be a part of it in itself is amazing. But I'm looking forward to doing whatever I can to help the team win. That's what we're here for, and that's what I want to do."

Krug, who has three NHL games to his credit, was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Tuesday and could be in the lineup for Game 1 on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Rangers' top 'D' pair ready for new task against Bruins

Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 3:25 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The one absolute certainty for New York Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi heading into the Eastern Conference Semifinals is they will not have to target No. 8 on the Boston Bruins the way they did No. 8 on the Washington Capitals.

Hall of Fame forward Cam Neely sits in the press box as Bruins president and his No. 8 sweater has been hanging from the TD Garden rafters since 2004.

But part of the reason the Rangers are playing Game 1 against the Bruins on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) and No. 8 for the Capitals is playing for Russia in the IIHF World Championship is because Girardi and McDonagh shadowed Alex Ovechkin for nearly all of his shifts and helped hold him to no points in the final five games of the seven-game quarterfinal series.

Determining the matchups and the best way to utilize his top two defensemen against the Bruins isn't as cut and dried for Rangers coach John Tortorella.

"They don't have just one dynamic guy," Girardi told

Bruins vs. Rangers series preview

Dan Rosen and Brian Compton - Staff Writers


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The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins were bitter rivals in the early 1970s, when they met three times in four years in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins beat the Rangers on the way to the Stanley Cup in 1970 and again in the 1972 Final. The Rangers exacted some revenge by ending the Bruins' championship run the following spring.

Amazingly, the Original Six rivals haven't met in the postseason since then -- until this year. Boston's Game 7 comeback win against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Rangers' 5-0 rout of the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their series sets up the ninth playoff confrontation between the two, but the first in 40 years.

The Bruins, two years removed from winning their first Cup since that 1972 team beat the Rangers, has the core of the championship team, led by Zdeno Chara on the blue line and Patrice Bergeron up front. The biggest change is in goal, where Tuukka Rask has replaced 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas.

The Rangers had a disappointing regular season after finishing first in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12. Henrik Lundqvist's goaltending is still the key to New York's success, and his back-to-back shutouts in Games 6 and 7 of the first round are the biggest reason the Rangers are here.

New York won two of the three regular-season meetings, but both teams came away from four points because the Bruins had the only regulation victory. They haven't seen each other since Feb. 12, so expect the coaches from both sides to use the two-day break to catch up on the other team.

Bruins to face Rangers in Conference Semis

John Kreiser - Columnist

The Boston Bruins' reward for perhaps the greatest comeback in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is their first postseason series against the New York Rangers in 40 years.

Both teams advanced by winning Game 7 on Monday night, but their paths to victory couldn't have been more dissimilar. The Bruins became the first team to win a Game 7 after trailing by three goals in the third period when the rallied to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime at TD Garden. Patrice Bergeron tied the game with 50.1 seconds remaining in regulation, then scored the series-winner 6:05 into OT.

There were no such worries for the Rangers, who won a Game 7 on the road for the first time in franchise history by blowing out the Washington Capitals 5-0 at Verizon Center. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots for his second shutout in as many days.

The Original Six clubs had one of the NHL's great rivalries in the early 1970s, when they met in the postseason three times in a four-year span. Boston won a bitter six-game quarterfinal series in 1970 on the way to the Stanley Cup and beat the Rangers in six games two years later to win the Cup again. The Rangers got a measure of revenge the following year when they routed the Bruins in five games in the Quarterfinals.

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