Game 5: BRUINS (7-4) vs. RANGERS (5-6)
8:31 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 2, NYR 1
BRUINS WIN: The Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-1 in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, to win the series, 4-1. After Dan Girardi gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 10:39 of the second, Torey Krug got the Bruins on the board at 3:48 of the period with his fourth goal of the series, on the power play. Gregory Campbell put the B's up, 2-1, at 13:41 of the second and potted an empty-netter with 50 seconds to go in regulation. The Bruins move on to play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.
CAMPBELL POTS EMPTY-NETTER: Gregory Campbell scored his second goal of the game with 50 seconds to go in the third period. Campbell knocked a Rangers' defenseman off the puck, dove and pushed the puck towards the net that had been vacated by Henrik Lundqvist for an extra attacker a few seconds before. The puck slowly made its way into the back of the net to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.
RASK ROBS CALLAHAN:
Tuukka Rask made the stop of the game with 11:22 remaining in regulation. Rangers' captain, Ryan Callahan, got behind the B's defensemen and went in on Rask all alone. Callahan let go a backhander, but Rask turned it away to maintain the Bruins' 2-1 lead.
DORSETT GOES FOR TRIPPING: At 2:28 of the third, Rangers' forward Derek Dorsett was called for a trip on Milan Lucic. It was the third penalty of the day for Dorsett, who also had a fight with Shawn Thornton in the first period. The B's could not capitalize and are one-for-three for the game. Jaromir Jagr had the best chance of the man-advantage when he fired a shot from just to the left of Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist made a flashy glove save to hold Jagr scoreless during the playoffs.
7:18 p.m. - Second Intermission Snapshots: BOS 2, NYR 1
BRUINS BACK ON THE POWER PLAY: Rangers winger Derek Dorsett was sent off to the penalty box for the second time tonight after getting called for slashing. Dorsett broke Jaromir Jagr’s stick while the pair battled for a puck along the board in the Rangers’ zone. The Bruins power play unit struggled to maintain possession in the offensive zone, but it’ll have 53 seconds left to capitalize when the third period begins.
MERLOT LINE CHIPS IN AGAIN: The Merlot Line helped propel the Bruins to a Game 3 victory by netting the game-winning goal, and it came up big again at the 13:41 mark. The Bruins worked the puck in deep behind the Rangers’ net, and Shawn Thornton tossed it right in front of the net to Gregory Campbell. Campbell scooped it up at the doorstep of New York’s net and chipped it in over Henrik Lundqvist’s right shoulder. Campbell now has two goals this postseason, and Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille—who tallied assists on the play—now have three assists for the playoffs.
LUCIC-KREJCI-HORTON LINE BUZZING: The Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton line had the team’s best shift of the night right around the halfway mark of the second frame. All three had great looks—Lucic and Horton in the slot, Krejci on the doorstep of the net—but Henrik Lundqivst refused to let any of them get a puck behind him. In total, the Bruins ripped off five shots before Lundqvist was able to cover up a puck and stop play. With eight minutes remaining the Bruins were outshooting New York 21-14.
KRUG TIES IT UP: The Bruins got their first power play of the night at the 2:37 mark thanks to a hooking call on Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello. Boston’s power play unit struggled to establish any possession for the first 60 seconds of the man advantage, but once it managed to settle down and get a cycle going, it found pay dirt. Once again, it was rookie sensation Torey Krug who drove a puck past Henrik Lundqvist off of a one-timer feed from Tyler Seguin. Krug now has four goals in five postseason games. Krug's four goals this thus far this postseason are the most by a rookie D-man since Glen Wesley scored six in 23 games played in 1988.
6:19 p.m. - First Intermission Snapshots: BOS 0, NYR 1
LUNDQVIST ROBS LUCIC: The Bruins got their best scoring chance of the period with 6:33 remaining. A Rangers defenseman tried to clear the puck out of the Blueshirts’ defensive zone from behind the net, but David Krejci snagged the puck out of mid air along the boards. Krejci quickly sent a pass to Milan Lucic, who was wide open in the slot. Lucic squared himself to the net and fired a wrist shot at top corner, only to find the glove of Henrik Lundqvist. New York’s net minder has seven saves so far tonight.
GIRARDI SCORES ON A PP: David Krejci was sent to the penalty box at the 9:45 mark, putting the Bruins shorthanded for the first time tonight. The B’s PK unit, which had yielded only one power play goal through the first four games of this series, couldn’t stop the Rangers’ rejuvenated power play. Mats Zuccarrelo sent Dan Girardi a one-timer feed from the right faceoff circle to the point, and Girardi blasted a line-drive past Tuukka Rask to put New York up 1-0, for his second goal of the postseason.
SEIDENBERG MAKES HIS RETURN: The Bruins have been without defenseman Dennis Seidenberg since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, when he left after 37 seconds with an injury. Seidenberg is back skating with his usual defensive partner, Zdeno Chara, and has recorded one hit and 3:51 of ice time at the midway mark of the first period.
THORNTON DROPS THE GLOVES: Emotions between the Rangers and Bruins boiled over at the 6:49 mark when Shawn Thornton and Derek Dorsett dropped the gloves at center ice. Thornton nearly shed the gloves with New York centerman Kris Newbury in Game 4, but ultimately opted not to. Thornton didn’t exhibit the same patience today, and he and Dorsett exchanged a few punches before falling down to the ice. The action didn’t stop there, however. The two kept brawling as the referees tried to break up the mayhem. Both will serve five minutes for fighting and two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
5:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. NYR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (7-4, 2.33 GAA, .925 Save %) vs. Lundqvist (5-6, 2.15 GAA, .934 Save %). Rask has an 14-10 record with a 2.48 GAA and .918 Save % in 24 career postseason games. Lundqvist has a 30-36 record with a 2.29 GAA and .920 Save % with eight shutouts in 66 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 Captains are J.P. and Paul Norden of Stoneham, MA who were injured at the Boston Marathon events.
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)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Mass. State Police officer who came to the aid of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
BRUINS VS RANGERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Rangers have played 46 postseason games with Boston having a 25-19-2 edge along with a 127-113 scoring advantage. The Bruins are 16-8-1 lifetime vs. the Rangers in Boston and are 9-11-1 lifetime in New York in the postseason. The Bruins enter today’s game with a 16-2 lifetime record in a best-of-seven series when they have lead 3-1. The B’s are 9-9 in Game 5s when they have lead the series 3-1 in a best of seven series.
KREJCI PACING POSTSEASON SCORING: Forward David Krejci enters today’s matchup leading the NHL in points with 17 tallies. Krejci’s 12 assists tie him for second in the NHL, while his five goals tie him for third. Krejci has recorded at least one point in all but two postseason games (Game 6 vs. TOR, Game 2 vs. NYR) thus far this postseason. The Czech Republic native has notched five multi-point games through the first 11 playoff games, including three three-point games. In the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, Krejci led all postseason scorers in goals (12) and points (23). His 12 goals were the most ever scored by a Czech player in one NHL playoff year.
CHARA HITS PLAYOFF MILESTONE: Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara hit the 50-point milestone in postseason scoring in Game 4 against the Rangers with his assist on Tyler Seguin’s third period goal. Chara has now skated in 118 lifetime playoff games tallying 12 goals, 38 assists, a +32 rating and 166 penalty minutes.
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… Wade Redden is currently one point shy of his 50th career NHL playoff point…
RANGERS NOTEBOOK: The New York Rangers have a 24-34 lifetime record in Game 5s… Chris Kreider notched the game winner in Game 5 at MSG giving him one goal and one assist in seven postseason games… Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist enters tonight fourth in save percentage (.934) and sixth in GAA (2.15). Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 21 times and is 10-11 in those contests, earning four shutouts with a 1.61 GAA and .951 Save % in those contests…Centerman Derick Brassard leads the Rangers in postseason scoring with 12 points (2-10=12)… Forward Derek Stepan leads New York in the goal scoring department with four this postseason, including two goals against the Bruins.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 6-for-29 (20.7%, 5th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 29-for-35 (82.9%, 8th NHL)… Rangers power play: 3-for-42 (7.1%, 15th NHL), Rangers penalty kill: 19-for-25 (76.0%, T-11th NHL).