BRUINS (5-3) VS RANGERS (4-4)
5:45 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 5, NYR 2
BRUINS GO UP 2-0: The Bruins will head to New York with a 2-0 series lead, after taking a 5-2 victory of the Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Torey Krug got the Bruins on the board with his second goal in as many games, before Ryan Callahan tied things at 8:01 of the first. The B's and Rangers traded goals again in the second period – Gregory Campbell put the Bruins up, 2-1, before Rich Nash notched his first goal of the postseason to knot the game at 2. At 12:08 of the second, Johnny Boychuk began a stretch of three unanswered goals for the Bruins, when he let a wrester to go from the top of the slot. Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic added goals in the third period for the Bruins. Today's game also marked the first time that Henrik Lundqvist had allowed more than three goals (non-shootout) in a game to the Boston Bruins.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE:
THORNTON TO BOX: Shawn Thornton was called for a cross-check at 18:48 to put the Rangers on their fifth power play of the game. Daniel Paille had a breakaway shorthanded, but hit he post. The Rangers could not convert, and remain scoreless on the PP this series.
CAMPBELL DANCES WITH DORSETT: Thirty seconds after the Lucic goal, Gregory Campbell and Derek Dorsett dropped the gloves just inside the Rangers blue line. Each landed a few punches, but Campbell was taken down to the ice. It was the first fight of the series between the two teams.
LOOCH EXTENDS LEAD TO THREE: At 12:39 of the third, Milan Lucic extended the Bruins lead to 5-2 with his third goal of the postseason. Lucic went hard to the net with Nathan Horton, and when a Ranger defenseman dove to try and break up the play, Lucic pulled the puck around and got off a shot. Horton tried to swat home the rebound, but it was blocked and Lucic banged home the loose puck.
LUNDQVIST STUNS JAGR: Jaromir Jagr couldn’t have asked for a better scoring chance as he caught a rebound right on the doorstep of the Rangers’ net, but Henrik Lundqvist refused to let the Bruins’ forward extend his team’s lead to three. Lundqvist showcased the reflexes and senses that make him one of the game’s best goaltenders by kicking his left leg pad out just in the knick of time to stop Jagr’s shot. He now has 28 saves on the day.
BOYCHUK CALLED FOR HOOKING: At the 5:24 mark of the third period, the Bruins went shorthanded for the fourth time today. This time, Johnny Boychuk was sent to the box for hooking as he tried to prevent Carl Hagelin from slipping behind him and creating a breakaway opportunity. The Bruins penalty kill continued building off its success from the first two periods of the game and prevented the Rangers from getting any great looks. Boston’s PK is now a perfect 4-for-4 on the day.
MARCHAND EXTENDS B’S LEAD: Just 26 seconds into the third period, Patrice Bergeron connected with Brad Marchand on a goal very similar to the overtime winner from Game 1. Bergeron carried the puck deep into the Rangers’ offensive zone and drove to the net before saucering a pass over to Marchand, who tucked it home over Henrik Lundqvist’s right leg pad. This goal gives Marchand his second of the postseason and extends Boston’s lead to two. Both Marchand and Bergeron now have two points on the afternoon as well. That goal marks the first time that Henrik Lundqvist has allowed more than three goals (non-shootout) in a game to the Boston Bruins.
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4:54 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, NYR 2
RASK ROBS MCDONAGH: Tuukka Rask made his niftiest save of the afternoon late in the second period. Ryan Callahan drove hard to the Bruins net and made a gorgeous pass right between the skates of Matt Bartkowski and the goalpost. The puck was delivered right to Ryan McDonagh in the front of the net, but Tuukka Rask was all over it and robbed the Rangers defenseman of a potential game-tying goal.
PEVERLEY BACK TO THE BOX: Rich Peverley made his second visit to the penalty this afternoon after catching Ryan Callahan with a high stick. The Rangers had their best power play of the night, maintaining control of the puck in the Bruins’ end and firing off quality shots. Despite its best effort of the game, New York’s PP couldn’t best Boston’s PK, and the Bruins escaped unscathed.
BOYCHUK SCORES: Moments after Shawn Thornton and Arron Asham were sent to the box for matching minors for roughing, Johnny Boychuk converted on a wrister from just outside the top part of the faceoff circle to give the Bruins their third lead and goal of the game. The goal also markedthe Bruins first four-on-four goal of the playoffs. Earning assists on the play were Brad Marchand (5) and Patrice Bergeron (3), who extend their point streak to three games on the play.
B'S POWER PLAY: At 8:28 into the second period Derick Brassard was the called for hooking sending the Bruins on the power play for the first time in today's matinee. The B's spent a majority of the man-advantage in the Rangers zone with great puck movement, however were unable to get any shots past Henrik Lundqvist who remained poised throughout the course of the Bruins power play.
NASH NETS THE EQUALIZER: It took the Rangers a little more than five minutes to tie the score up at 1-1 in the first period, and it took them fewer than three minutes to knot it up at 2-2 in the second. Rick Nash used his blend of speed and strength to create a path to the Bruins’ net. He flew into the offensive zone from the slot and buried his first goal of the postseason over the shoulder of Tuukka Rask. Mats Zuccarello (5) and Dan Giarardi (2) were credited with the assists on the play.
MERLOT LINE CHIPS IN: The Bruins’ Merlot Line has generated plenty of scoring chances this postseason, but neither Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, nor Gregory Campbell have managed to find pot a goal this series. At the 2:24 of the second period, they finally earned a gritty goal by Gregory Campbell, who chipped in a backhander from a few feet out in front of the net. Campbell’s goal is his first of the playoffs and it puts the Bruins ahead 2-1.
3:57 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, NYR 1
CHARA CALLED FOR SLASH: With 2:29 remaining in the first period, Zdeno Chara was called for slashing on Rangers forward Derick Brassard, putting the B's penalty kill unit to work for the second time in the game. The Bruins were able to keep the Rangers scoreless during the New York powerplay despite Chara, a staple on the Bruins PK, being in the box. The Bruins are now 5-5 this series on the PK and 21-26 for the postseason.
PEVERLEY TO THE BOX: At 9:16 of the first, Rich Peverley was called fora high-stick on the Rangers' Rick Nash. It was the Bruins first trip to the PK on the day. The B's killed the penalty and did a good job of not allowing the Rangers to generate much pressure on the man-advantage, not allowing one shot on Rask. Boston is now 20-25 on the PK this postseason, and 4-4 in the series.
CALLAHAN SCORES: Brad Marchand attempted to send the puck across the blueline, but Ryan Callahan chipped the puck away, yielding to a breakaway chance on Tuukka Rask. Callahan converted on the breakaway chance with a quick left to right deke, to tie the game up at 1-1. The unassisted goal was Callahan's second of the 2013 postseason.
KRUG COMES THROUGH: For the second time in as many games, Torey Krug notched the first goal of the game for the Bruins for his second career postseason goal at 5:17 into the first period. McQuaid played a large role on the play, knocking the puck loose on what could have been a breakaway chance for the Rangers, giving the B's possession of the puck to take it down into the New York zone. David Krejci and Nathan Horton were credited with the assists on the play for their 10th and fifth assist of the postseason respectively.
2:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs NYR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (5-3, 2.36 GAA, .926 Save %) vs. Lundqvist (4-4, 1.76 GAA, .945 Save %). Rask has an 12-9 record with a 2.51 GAA and .917 Save % in 21 career postseason games. Lundqvist has a 29-34 record with a 2.24 GAA and .921 Save % with eight shutouts in 63 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. Today's Fan Banner Captain is Chris Dumont of the Massachusetts State Police, who was involved in the rescue of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue.
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)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run again)
BRUINS VS RANGERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Rangers have played 43 postseason games with Boston having a 23-18-2 edge along with a 117-106 scoring advantage. The Bruins are 15-8-1 lifetime vs. the Rangers in Boston and are 8-10-1 lifetime in New York in the postseason.
BRUINS GAME TWO HISTORY: The Bruins enter today’s game with a 32-14 lifetime best-of-seven series record when they have won the first game. The B’s lost Game 2 in the previous series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-2 decision. Boston is 28-17-1 lifetime in Game 2s of best-of-seven series that they have led 1-0 and have a 21-7 lifetime mark in best-of-seven series in which they have led 2-0. When the series is tied 1-1 after Game 2, the Black & Gold have a 22-12 record in best-of- seven series.
HORTON, KREJCI PACING NHL: Forward David Krejci is currently tied with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin for the league lead in postseason points with 14. Krejci has accrued five goals and nine assists, and has failed to register a point in only one game (Round 1, Game 6 vs. Toronto). Nathan Horton is currently pacing the NHL in plus-minus with a plus-12 rating. Following him on the leaderboard is Krejci with a plus-10 rating, Milan Lucic with a plus-nine rating and Zdeno Chara with a plus-eight rating.
MATINEE PUCKDROP: Today is the Bruins’ first matinee game of the 2013 postseason. Boston posted a 6-3 record in daytime starts during the regular season, while the New York Rangers posted a 3-1 record. The Rangers played two matinee games against the Washington Capitals in the ECQF, losing Game 2 in overtime 1-0 and winning Game 5 in regulation 1-0.
STREAKING: Zdeno Chara enters today’s game riding a five-game point streak, registering nine points (2-7=9) during that span.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden are both one point short of their 50th career NHL playoff points… Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list with 79.
RANGERS NOTEBOOK: The New York Rangers have a 45-50-2 lifetime record in Game 2s… New York has posted a 1-4 record on the road in the 2013 postseason…Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist enters tonight ranked third among NHL netminders with a .947 Save %. Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 19 times and is 9-10 in those contests, earning four shutouts with a 1.54 GAA and .941 Save % in those contests…Centerman Derick Brassard leads the Rangers in postseason scoring with 10 points (2-8=10). He is currently riding a six-point streak (2-8=10).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 4-for-24 (16.7%, 11th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 19-for-24 (79.2%, 10th NHL)… Rangers power play: 2-for-31 (6.5%, 15th NHL), Rangers penalty kill: 16-for-20 (80.0%, 8th NHL).