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Game 1: Bruins-Rangers Snapshots

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

GAME 1: BRUINS (4-3) vs RANGERS (4-3)

10:17 p.m. - OT Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, NYR 2

MARCHY WINS IT: Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron drove in on a two-on-one with just over 4:20 remaining in the the first OT. Bergeron slipped a pass through the slot and found Marchand charging to the net up. Marchand whacked the puck past Lundqvist to win the game and put the Bruins up 1-0 in the series. THe Bruins dominated the OT, outshooting New York 18-5. It was Marchand's first goal of the playoffs. The B's and Rangers will match up again on Sunday here at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

BOYCHUK HITS POST AGAIN: WIth 13:30 to go in OT, Johnny Boychuk nearly ended things, when he launched another slapper off the post. Boychuk hit the post as time expired in regulation.

At 2:20 of overtime, Derek Dorsett was called for interference, putting the B's on their fourth power play of the night, The Bruins had numerous chances on the man advantage. Jaromir Jagr hit a post, Milan Lucic had a chance out front that was denied, Zdeno Chara just missed on a wrap around, and Tyler Seguin drilled a one-timer into Henrik Lundqvist. The B's kept the puck in the New York end for the entire two minutes and fired eight shots on goal, but did not score.

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10:11 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 2, NYR 2

BOYCHUK NEARLY WINS IT: With the Bruins holding strong in the Rangers end after their power play, they continued to pressure New York with chances until the final horn. The B's regrouped in their end with 14 seconds to play and rushed up the ice for one final chance to win the game. The B's buzzed and Johnny Boychuk fired a slap shot from the right point that banked off the right post as the horn sounded. It may have counted if it made its way into the back of the net. The teams will head to overtime tied at 2. It is the second straight overtime game for Boston.

The Bruins moved the puck well on the power play, with two golden chances on snapshots by Tyler Seguin and Zdeno Chara with just around 20 seconds to play in regulation. Chara's was stopped by Lundqvist and Seguin's got blocked down before it got o the net.

With just 3:44 left in regulation, Patrice Bergeron was assessed a minor penalty for hooking. It was the Rangers third power play of the night. The Rangers did not have many chances on the power play and with 25 seconds to go on Bergeron's penalty, the Rangers John Moore was called for interference.

WIth just under six minutes to go in the third period, Matt Bartkowski lost his stick in front of the Bruins net, while in a battle with Rick Nash. Bartkowski recovered though, knocking Nash to the ice with a two-handed shove.

At the 1:46 mark of the third period, the Bruins’ power play hit the ice with a chance to tie the game up at two, and they got the equalizer from an unexpected source. Torey Krug, a 22-year-old defenseman recalled from Providence on May 14, is playing in his first career NHL playoff game, and he picked a good time to score his first NHL and NHL postseason goal. The Bruins established firm possession in the offensive zone, and Krug was left unattended behind the right faceoff circle. He received a pass from Dougie Hamilton, hesitated, and then drove it home. Boston’s power play is now 1-for-2 tonight and 4-for-22 for the playoffs.

The Rangers scored with just 1.3 seconds remaining in the second period, and they followed that up with a go-ahead goal just 14 seconds into the third. Carl Hagelin carried the puck deep into Boston’s zone and exhibited great patience as he waited for Derek Stepan to position himself for a one-timer. Stepan snapped the feed from Hagelin straight through Tuukka Rask’s five-hole, giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead.

9:17 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, NYR 1

NEW YORK TIES IT: The Rangers scored a goal to tie the game at 1-1 with just 1.3 seconds remaining in the second period. Tyler Seguin couldn't clear the puck past defenseman Ryan McDonagh; McDonagh then took a shot with Derick Brassard providing a screen in front of Tuukka Rask. Rask never saw it and the puck ended up in the back of the net to tie the score.

MCQUAID TO THE BOX: Just 1:29 after the Chara goal, the Rangers went on the power play after an interference call on Adam McQuaid. The Rangers second power play of the period – and the game – did not generate much. The Bruins were able to continually clear the puck. The B's PK is 2-2 tonight and 18-23 for the playoffs.

The Bruins got on the board first at 12:23 of the second on a goal from Zdeno Chara. After a crisp, clean breakout by the Bruins, David Krejci delivered a nifty drop pass to Chara, who was standing at the middle of the blue line. Chara laid a shot on on goal and the puck squeezed through Henrik Lundqvist. The puck sat on the goal line and when Nathan Horton charged the goal to attempt to push it home, Lundqvist fell back and knocked the puck over the line, ending his shutout streak that lasted 152:23 carrying over the Washington series. The goal was Chara's second of the playoffs and his ninth point in eight games, extending his point streak to five games..

LUNDQVIST ROBS HORTON: By shutting out the Bruins in the first period, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist extended his shutout streak to 140:00. Lundqvist, the NHL’s reigning Vezina Trophy winner, is playing at peak performance right now and his skill was on display as he robbed Nathan Horton on a redirected slapshot. Lundqvist managed to track the deflected puck and showcased impressive flexibility as he stretched out and extended his glove to rob Horton.

CHARA SENT TO THE BOX: Just four seconds after the Bruins’ power play concluded, the Rangers get a chance to go one of their own. At the 4:48 mark, Zdeno Chara was sent to the sin bin for hooking. Despite losing its most valuable defenseman, Boston’s PK unit had little trouble killing off New York’s man advantage. The Bruins’ PK is now 17-for-22 for the playoffs.

BRUINS GO ON THE PP: New York Rangers Taylor Pyatt forward was called for boarding for his hit on Johnny Boychuk at the 17:58 mark in the second period. The Bruins came into tonight three-for-20 on the power play against a Ranger penalty kill that was 13-for-16. The Bruins had two good scoring opportunities on the power play form both David Krejci and Tyler Seguin who ripped a shots from the left faceoff circle. In the closing seconds of the power play, Nathan Horton also threw a shot on net from the same spot, but New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was able to stymie all three chances.

8:18 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, NYR 0

BLOCKED SHOTS EVEN: Much has been made of the Rangers shot-blocking ability leading up to the start of the series, but through one period of play the Blue Shirts and Bruins are tied in that department with 10 apiece. Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk each have two to lead the Bruins, while Ryan McDonagh,Taylor Pyatt, and Dan Girardi also have two each to lead New York.

With four minutes remaining in the period, the Bruins had arguably their best offensive possession of the game thanks to crisp and crafty play from the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line. Horton sent a cross-ice feed from the edge of the leftt faceoff circle to Dougie Hamilton, who was wide open at the right point Boston’s net. Hamilton fired a shot on Henrik Lundqvist and nearly potted the Bruins first goal. Lundqvist couldn't quite find the puck on the initial shot and, as a result, had Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, and Zdeno Chara at the doorstep trying to knock it home. There were denied, however, as Lundqvist was able to keep it under his pads and maintain a scoreless tie.

Brad Marchand showcased the hands and stick skills that helped him net a team-high 18 goals this season midway through the first period. Marchand scooped up a loose puck right on the blue line of the offensive zone, deked Derek Stepan, and then snuck the puck between Michael Del Zotto’s legs as he drove to the net. Marchand slipped behind Del Zotto but couldn’t get the puck past Henrik Lundqvist, who positioned himself perfectly to deny his backhanded attempt. 

Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello has generated the Blueshirts’ two best scoring opportunities of the night. First, Zuccarello whipped a wrist shot from in between the faceoff circles that rattled the post above Tuukka Rask’s left shoulder. Minutes later, he nearly chipped in a backhand rebound over a sprawling Rask, but put a little bit too much on it.

Through more than seven minutes of play in the first period, the Rangers and Bruins had combined to put only five shots on net and there were only two stoppages in play. Both teams are heralded for their gritty, physical style of play, and that has been on display tonight. If the Bruins and Rangers continue with to engage in a gritty, defensive battle, then every goal will be all the more valuable. There were not many scoring chances for either side, with the Bruins holding a small 11-8 edge in the shot department.

KRUG GETS THE NOD: Torey Krug, who was recalled on May 14, got the nod from Head Coach Claude Julien and will skate in first postseason NHL game. Krug spent most of the first period paired up with fellow D-man Adam McQuaid.  Through the first 6:29 of the first period, Krug had registered the one and only shot for the B's, as well as recording of the Boston's six hits. For his first NHL postseason game, the blueliner has looked pretty comfortable out on the ice.

7:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs NYR

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (4-3, 2.49 GAA, .923 Save %) vs. Lundqvist (4-3, 1.65 GAA, .947 Save %). Rask has an 11-9 record with a 2.57 GAA and .916 Save % in 20 career postseason games. Lundqvist has a 29-33 record with a 2.58 GAA and .932 Save % with eight shutouts in 62 career postseason games.

BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight's Fan Banner Captain is dance instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis who, despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows not only to dance again, but to also participate in the marathon in the future. Here’s a list of the Fan Banner Captains thus far this postseason:

TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)

BRUINS VS RANGERS LIFETIME: The Bruins have won six Stanley Cup Championships in their history and have faced the Rangers en route to the title in four of those postseasons (1929 SCF, 1939 SF, 1970 QF, 1972 SCF). The Rangers have won four Stanley Cup Championships in their history and have faced the Bruins en route to the title in two of those postseasons (1928 and 1940 SFs). These teams have played 42 postseason games with Boston having a 22-18-2 edge along with a 114-104 scoring advantage. The Bruins are 14-8-1 lifetime vs. the Rangers in Boston and are 8-10-1 lifetime in New York in the postseason. The last time the Bruins and Rangers met in the postseason was 40 years ago when New York topped Boston 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

BRUINS GAME ONE HISTORY: The Bruins enter tonight’s game with a 46-45 lifetime record in Game 1s of best-of-seven series. Boston is 32-14 lifetime in those series in which they have won the first game and are 13-32 in those series in which they lost Game 1. The B’s are 28-17-1 lifetime in Game 2s of best-of-seven series that they have led 1-0 and are 17-28 in Game 2s of best-of-sevens series in which they trailed 0-1.

KREJCI LEADS ROUND ONE SCORING: Forward David Krejci led the NHL in first round scoring with points in six of his seven games with 5-8=13 totals. Krejci had multiple point games in four of the six games in which he scored, including the game-winning goal on May 8 against Toronto.

BERGERON’S SERIES CLINCHER: The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in seven games of their Conference Quarterfinal series, becoming the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7, after trailing by three goals in the third period. Patrice Bergeron registered the game-tying goal in the third period and then the game-winner in overtime in Game 7.

STREAKING: Zdeno Chara enters tonight riding a four-game point streak, registering seven points (1-6=7) during that span.

MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list with 79...Aaron Johnson, Anton Khudobin, Torey Krug (recalled May 14) and Carl Soderberg are all looking to play in their first NHL postseason game.

RANGERS NOTEBOOK: The New York Rangers hold a 1-3 record on the road in the 2013 postseason…Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist enters tonight fourth among NHL netminders with 1.65 GAA and .947 Save percentage. Lundqvist is also tied for first in playoff shutouts with two…Centerman Derick Brossard leads the Rangers in postseason scoring notching nine points (2-7=9) in New York’s Quarterfinal Series against the Washington Capitals. Brossard is currently riding a five-point streak (2-7=5)…Ryane Clowe enters this evening’s matchup having point-per-game success versus the Bruins lifetime, posting six assists in six regular season games…Mats Zuccarello is carrying over a two-game point streak from the Washington series, having recorded one goal and one assist.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 3-for-20 (15.0%, 11th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 16-for-21 (76.2%, 11th NHL)… Rangers power play: 2-for-28 (7.1%, 15th NHL), Rangers penalty kill: 13-for-16 (81.3%, 9th NHL).

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