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Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Bruins' Seguin finds his game in loss

Thursday, 05.23.2013 / 11:48 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Tyler Seguin's scoring touch returned Thursday night.

Seguin, the Boston Bruins' leading scorer in 2011-12, had a lone assist in his team's first 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games this spring, though the Bruins overcame his lack of production to win their opening-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs and grab a 3-0 second-round lead against the New York Rangers.

The Bruins couldn't hold 2-0 and 3-2 leads and lost 4-3 to the Rangers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday night. The good news was that for the first time this spring, they did get some offensive production from Seguin.

Bruins' mistakes keep them from sweeping Rangers

Thursday, 05.23.2013 / 11:33 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- After playing with so much polish and confidence through three games, the Boston Bruins appeared intent on sweeping the New York Rangers out of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday.

It seemed especially true when a pair of second-period power-play goals gave Boston a 2-0 lead against a New York squad that had scored five goals combined in the series.

But all of a sudden, the Bruins started making unusual mistakes that cost them Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers kept their season alive with a 4-3 win earned on Chris Kreider's goal 7:03 into overtime.

The Bruins lead the best-of-7 series 3-1 with Game 5 on Saturday at TD Garden (NBCSN, RDS, TSN).

Tortorella scratches Richards, then defends him

Thursday, 05.23.2013 / 11:25 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers coach John Tortorella started by saying he felt it was important to spend a few minutes talking about why he scratched center Brad Richards for Game 4 against the  Boston Bruins on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Two minutes and 359 spoken words later, Tortorella had made his point.

Brad Richards
Center - NYR
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1
SOG: 18 | +/-: -3

Tortorella said Richards, who earned a pro-rated $12 million this season according to, was scratched for the Rangers' must-win Game 4 against the Bruins because he wanted a new look for his fourth line and didn't feel Richards was effective in that role, which he had been playing in since Game 6 against the Washington Capitals.

Forward Arron Asham also was scratched. Kris Newbury and Micheal Haley played and received a combined 15:59 of ice time. Chris Kreider, who was playing left wing on the fourth line, was bumped up to a second-line role and scored in overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 win, keeping them alive in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Bruins goalie Rask evolving into one of game's best

Thursday, 05.23.2013 / 1:40 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- There's reason to believe Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has the ice in his veins that's required to play the toughest position. It's also not too far-fetched to believe the 26-year-old Finn has what it takes to lead his team to a second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

Rask quietly has become a tower of strength for the Bruins this postseason. Has he made fans forget about Tim Thomas, winner of the Vezina and Conn Smythe trophies along with the Stanley Cup two years ago?

Well, probably not.

But there's a sense the Boston crease has become his domain, just as it was for Thomas during that incredible run in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when he turned aside a playoff-record 798 shots.

Bruins' defensive play shows organization's depth

Wednesday, 05.22.2013 / 6:03 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- For any team, missing three veteran defensemen in the first three games of a playoff series would provide a sizeable disadvantage. But the Boston Bruins, who have been without Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden and Andrew Ference for their entire Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the New York Rangers, barely have skipped a beat.

With three rookie defensemen plugged into a lineup that has delivered a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Rangers entering Game 4 Thursday at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN, RDS), Boston's defense hasn't just gotten by.

"They got better," Seidenberg said with a chuckle. "It's nice to have that depth on [defense]. To have guys step up and play the way they have, it takes a little pressure off you coming back. They've been playing really well. You couldn't ask for more."

Powe knows it's possible for Rangers to pull miracle

Wednesday, 05.22.2013 / 3:36 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers forward Darroll Powe doesn't have to say anything, not at this stage, not with his team in an 0-3 hole in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But if any of his teammates want to ask him a question about trying to dig out of this ditch against the Boston Bruins, Powe would have one heck of an inspirational story to tell.

Three years ago, Powe and teammate Arron Asham were in this same position against this same team and goalie (Tuukka Rask) in this same round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as members of the Philadelphia Flyers. They were part of history.

Powe and Asham played in all seven games of the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals, when the Flyers came back from a 3-0 deficit to become the third team to win a seven-game series after losing the first three games. The Rangers will try to become the fourth to pull off the feat, starting with Game 4 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN, RDS).

"When you're going to climb a mountain, you're not going to sit at the bottom and just look at the top and be like, 'How am I going to do this?'" Powe said Wednesday. "You're going to look at the 5 to 6 feet above you and go at that first. You can't just go at it and look ahead, you have to focus on what's right in front of you or else you'll never get to where you have to go."

Bruins' fourth line scores both goals in 2-1 win

Wednesday, 05.22.2013 / 12:38 AM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was on top of his game Tuesday night. But the Boston Bruins' fourth line got the best of him.

The trio of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton erased a 1-0 deficit with a pair of goals in the third period to help the Bruins grab a 2-1, Game 3 victory and a commanding 3-0 lead in this best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinal.

Boston dominated much of the evening at Madison Square Garden. It outshot New York 25-10 after Taylor Pyatt gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 3:53 into the second period.

But Lundqvist, who won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender a season ago and is a finalist in 2013, denied the Bruins time and again, including a dazzling glove save on Campbell's slap shot off the left wing midway through the second period.

Lundqvist outstanding, but can't save Rangers

Wednesday, 05.22.2013 / 12:19 AM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Throughout Henrik Lundqvist's impressive career, the Rangers goaltender has established himself as a New York sporting icon thanks in large part to his vast collection of highlight-reel saves. At times Tuesday night, it seemed like he would add a new wing to that collection just from Game 3 of the team's Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Boston Bruins.

Among his 32 saves, there was the right-pad save in the first period off Tyler Seguin's breakaway deke. A point-blank stop in close on Jaromir Jagr. A quick toe save off Torey Krug in the second period. And, in perhaps the best stop of the night, a picture-perfect glove save of Gregory Campbell's slap shot from the left wing.

"He's been great every single game," Rangers forward Rick Nash said of Lundqvist. "[He's the] backbone of this team. Can't say enough about him."

Rangers defenseman Stralman hurt in Game 3

Tuesday, 05.21.2013 / 11:35 PM / Bruins vs Rangers - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers played one defenseman short in the third period of Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Anton Stralman
Defense - NYR
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 0
SOG: 10 | +/-: 1
Anton Stralman did not play a single shift in the final period of New York's 2-1 loss after being injured late in the second period. The 26-year-old appeared to have been injured on a hard hit into the boards from Bruins forward Milan Lucic as Stralman chased a cleared puck behind his own net.

Lucic hit Stralman hard and the defenseman's right shoulder and right leg both appeared to slam into the boards. The Swedish native finished the shift but appeared to be slowed by the check. He returned for a shift roughly three minutes later but did not play again after that and finished the game with 12:25 of ice time.

Bruins trying to learn from past mistakes

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers were in this very same position only a couple of weeks ago -- a fact the Boston Bruins are fully aware of.

The Bruins enter Game 3 of this Eastern Conference Semifinal series Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) in possession of a 2-0 series lead after taking care of business on home ice with back-to-back wins. But with the series shifting to Madison Square Garden for the next two contests, the Bruins know they can't take their foot off the gas if they intend to move forward this postseason.

The Rangers dropped the first two games and also trailed 3-2 in their quarterfinal-round series against the Washington Capitals, only to rally to win in seven. The Bruins let a 3-1 series lead slip away against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round and nearly lost altogether, saved only by a miraculous rally in the third period of Game 7, which they eventually won in overtime.

"We try to learn from our situation," said Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who has two goals and five assists in nine games this postseason. "Being up [3-1] against Toronto, we realize we let them back in it. We didn't have that killer instinct and we want to make sure that whether it's a power play, penalty kill, whatever it is, we want to make sure that we step up and do the job. We did that last game and we want to make sure we bring our best game [in Game 3], because they're going to come out extremely hard. If we're not prepared, they're going to roll over us."

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