RANGERS FORCE A GAME 5: The Rangers had their backs up against the wall facing elimination tonight, but they managed to deliver and force a Game 5 thanks to an overtime goal from Chris Kreider. New York won a faceoff in their defensive zone and put together a beautiful breakout. Rick Nash carried the puck into the offensive zone along the boards, stopped right inside of the blue line, and delivered a pass to a streaking Chris Kreider, who redirected the puck over Tuukka Rask’s shoulder.
KELLY, KRUG GETS CHANCES EARLY: Both Chris Kelly and Torey Krug had great scoring chances within the first two minutes of this overtime period. Kelly redirected a shot off of his skate that snuck behind Henrik Lundqvist only to be swept away. Moments later, Torey Krug launched a point-blank slapshot from the point that just barely missed the net. After four minutes, though, the Rangers are outshooting the B’s 4-2.
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9:37 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 3, NYR 3GOING TO OVERTIME: For the second time this series, the Bruins and Rangers will play some extra hockey. Thanks to Dan Boyle’s game-tying goal at the 10:00 mark of the third period, New York is still alive and vying to force a Game 5. The Bruins and Rangers also went to overtime in Game 1, when Brad Marchand netted the game-winner with just fewer than five minutes remaining in the extra frame.
KELLY CALLED FOR TRIPPING: The Bruins went shorthanded for the fourth time tonight at the 12:00 minute mark. While battling for a puck in the corner behind New York’s net, Chris Kelly tripped Carl Hagelin, giving the Rangers a prime opportunity to take the lead. The Rangers’ power play had its best showing of the series by far, maintaining possession in the offensive zone for nearly the entire two minutes. However, Tuukka Rask and the Bruins’ PK stood strong and kept the game even at 3-3.
BOYLE NETS THE EQUALIZER: The Bruins were called for too many men on the ice at the 8:55 mark, giving the Rangers’ struggling power play an opportunity to tie the game—and that they did. Derek Stepan carried the puck into the offensive zone down the boards. Showing great patience with the puck, he carried it down to the corner before saucering a pass to a wide-open Brian Boyle, who whipped a shot past Tuukka Rask. After combining for three goals in the first 40 minutes of the game, the Bruins and Rangers have combined for three in the first 10 minutes of the third period alone.
SEGUIN GETS HIS FIRST PLAYOFF GOAL: Tyler Seguin went 10 postseason games without netting a single goal, but he picked a great time to score his first. The Bruins went on the power play for the fourth time tonight thanks to a goaltender interference call on Ryan McDonagh. Although the Rangers lost their best defenseman to the penalty, their PK had it’s best showing of the night. But just two seconds after McDonagh got back on the ice, Tyler Seguin ripped a shot on net from the left faceoff circle, picked up the rebound, and then roofed it over a sprawling Henrik Lundqvist.
STEPAN TIES IT UP: An innocent dump into the offensive zone turned into the equalizing goal for the New York Rangers. Tuukka Rask retrieved the puck behind his net and tapped it over to Zdeno Chara, who was coming around the net to start a Bruins rush up the ice. However, Chara didn’t see Stepan coming behind him. The Rangers forward lifted Chara’s stick, stole the puck, and tucked it into the net between the right post and Rask’s right leg pad to even up the game at 2-2.
8:55 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, NYR 1
JAGR CALLED FOR HOLDING: A holding call on Jaromir Jagr at the 13:28 mark put the Bruins shorthanded for the second time tonight. The Rangers’ power play had one of its finest showings of the series, generating excellent chances for Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh. Still, Boston’s PK prevailed, maintaining it’s perfect 11-for-11 series mark.
HAGELIN TRIMS B’S LEAD: Rangers forward Carl Hagelin cut the Bruins’ lead in half at the 8:39 mark. Derick Brassard chipped a pass to Hagelin, who was streaking into the offensive zone. With Johnny Boychuk preventing him from getting a clean look on net, Hagelin tossed a backhand shot at Tuukka Rask. The puck was redirected off of Boychuk’s skate and Rask, caught off guard, slipped as the puck trickled over the goal line and gave the Blueshirts their first tally of the game.
KRUG SCORES: Less than two minutes after Nathan Horton potted the Bruins’ go-ahead power play goal, the B’s went back on the power play thanks to an interference call on Michael Del Zotto. With less than a minute remaining on the man advantage, Tyler Seguin sent a one-timer feed from the left faceoff circle to Torey Krug, who launched a missile into the top left corner of the net. This is Krug’s third NHL goal and third of the series. Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin picked up assists on the goal, and the Bruins’ power play is now 2-for-3 tonight.
HORTON PUTS B’S IN FRONT: The Bruins went on the power play for the second tonight at the 3:09 mark after Rangers centerman Kris Newbury was whistled for goaltender interference. Although the B’s power play struggled to get set up in the offensive zone, they capitalized on an odd-man rush that ended with Nathan Horton whipping a rebound from the front-edge of the left faceoff circle through Henrik Lundqvist’s five-hole. Horton initially tried to feed David Krejci, who was right in front of the net, but the puck was deflected right back to his stick. Horton is now tied with Krejci for the team-lead in goals with five, and he is now a league-best plus-15 for the postseason.
7:44 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, NYR 0
SCORELESS AFTER 1ST: The Bruins and Rangers wrapped up a quick first period without putting any points in the board. This first period saw only 12 stoppages in play, which created a bit of a back-and-forth gameplay. The Bruins were able to feed off of this and outshoot the Rangers 12-4. However, New York holds an edge in hits and faceoffs, having won 8-of-14 draws so far.
BLOCKING SHOTS: Much was made of the Rangers’ shot-blocking prowess coming into this series, but the Bruins are blocking their share as well. Tonight, the Blueshirts narrowly lead the B’s with a 9-8 advantage. Johnny Boychuk has a game-high three blocked shots, and he delivered an especially crucial one on Derick Brassard during the Rangers’ power play.
BART CALLED FOR SLASHING: Matt Bartkowski was sent to the penalty box at the 12:42 mark for slashing, his first penalty in five playoff games. The Bruins’ penalty kill unit picked up where it left off in Game 3, aggressively attacking the puck handler and preventing the Rangers from sustaining long possessions. Michael Del Zotto was the only Blueshirt to register a shot on net during the man advantage. New York’s power play is now 2-for-39 and Boston’s penalty kill is now 27-for-32 for the playoffs.
BRUINS OUTSHOOTING RANGERS: At the midway mark of the first period, the Bruins are dominating the Rangers in the shots department with a 9-2 advantage. Tyler Seguin—still in search of his first playoff goal—leads the B’s with three shots, while Shawn Thornton trails him with two. The Bruins are sustaining pressure in the offensive zone, but they’ll need to create an abundance of opportunities to best Henrik Lundqvist, who has stopped 104 of the 114 shots sent his way in this series.
BRUINS GET A PP EARLY: The Bruins went without a single power play in Game 3, but Rangers defenseman Roman Hamrlik took a delay of game call just 1:43 into the first period. Boston’s PP unit fired off five shots—including point-blank looks from Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron—and displayed some good puck movement. The B’s failed to capitalize on the man advantage, however, and it is now 5-for-26 for the playoffs.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs NYR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (7-3, 2.19 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Lundqvist (4-6, 2.09 GAA, .935 Save %). Rask has an 14-9 record with a 2.43 GAA and .920 Save % in 23 career postseason games. Lundqvist has a 29-36 record with a 2.28 GAA and .920 Save % with eight shutouts in 65 career postseason games.
BRUINS GAME FOUR HISTORY: The Bruins enter today’s game with a 17-1 lifetime record when they have held a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series. They are 13-5 lifetime in Game 4s of best-of-seven series that they have led 3-0. Of the 18 previous occasions in which the Bruins have held a 3-0 lead, the B's have completed a sweep 13 times. Two of the series were won in five games and one was decided in six games. The series has extended to seven games twice after leading 3-0, where the Bruins are 1-1.
HORTON, KREJCI PACING NHL: Forward David Krejci enter tonight's game as the NHL's leading playoff scorer with 5-11=16 totals. Nathan Horton (+14), David Krejci (+11) and Milan Lucic (+10) hold the top three spots in the NHL plus-minus category for a combined +35 rating.
FACEOFF LEADERS: Patrice Bergeron, who finished atop the NHL in faceoff percentage (62.1%), and Chris Kelly are currently tied for first in NHL faceoff win percentage at 64.2%. Bergeron is 129-for-201, while Chris Kelly is 68-for-106.
BRUINS D-MEN AMONG NHL LEADERS: Bruins blueliner Johnny Boychuk enters tonight's matchup leading all defenseman in goals with four… Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara ranks second among D-men in points with 10 and plus-minus rating with a plus-seven.
STREAKING: Johnny Boychuk enters tonight with a two-game goal/point streak having notched two goals during that span…The Merlot Line centerman Gregory Campbell also enters tonight riding a two-game point streak notching one goal and one assist.
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 are 4-6 all time when trailing 3-0 in the series…. The Rangers currently lead the playoffs in shots blocked with 219. Leading the way for the blueshirts in the blocked shots department are Dan Girardi (31) and Ryan McDonagh (25). Also styming shots at a high rate are Ryan Callahan (21) and Brian Boyle (17), who rank first and second among NHL forwards in the league in blcoked shots respectively… New York forward Derick Brassard enters tonight as the leading points getter for the Rangers will 10 (2-8=10. Derek Stepan has been New York's top goal scorer thus far in the 2013 postseason, notching three goals.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 4-for-25 (16.0%, 10th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 26-for-31 (83.9%, 8th NHL)… Rangers power play: 2-for-38 (5.3%, 15th NHL), Rangers penalty kill: 17-for-21 (81.0%, 9th NHL).