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NYR @ BOS: Game Five Preview

by Eric Russo / Boston Bruins – It was just one game. That’s the Bruins’ mentality after their 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Black & Gold are moving on, shifting their focus to closing out the series in Game Five this afternoon at TD Garden.

“We have to,” said David Krejci, the league’s leading scorer in the playoffs, when asked if the team staying positive. “We have to stay the same way if we win or lose. The playoffs are a really short kind of season. You've got to live in the moment and always get ready for the next game, no matter what happened the game before.

“[Today] is another game, it's a new day. We're up 3-1, we have a chance to get another win at home [today]. We're going to try to do everything we can to get a win.”

For the first time in the series it seemed the bounces were going against the Bruins. They were not free of mistakes, but Boston didn't feel they got outworked in Game Four and, by cleaning up that part of their game, feels it is in good position for Game Five.

“I think [Game Four] was one of those games where it could’ve gone either way,” said B’s Head Coach Claude Julien. “I don’t think we got outplayed. I don’t think we got outworked. It was just one of those games where a couple of good bounces went their way and that was the difference in the game.

“For us right now, and I said it when I was in New York, we’re living in the present, [Game Four’s] in the past. Right now, we’re looking to get ourselves ready to play a real good game [today] and play to win ourselves a hockey game.”

SPECIAL TEAMS: For the first time in the series, the Blueshirts tallied a power play goal during Game Four. And it was a big one. Brian Boyle beat Tuukka Rask with a snapshot from the slot at 10:00 of the third period to tie the game at three and send the it to overtime. The Rangers went 1-for-4 in Game Four and are now 1-for-14 in the series. For the playoffs, the Blueshirts are 3-of-42 (7.1%, 15th in the NHL).

The Bruins converted twice on the man-advantage in Game Four. The B’s went 2-for-4 on the power play in that game and their goal of the game – Tyler Seguin’s first of the playoffs – came just two seconds after a penalty to Ryan McDonagh expired in the third period. Nathan Horton and Torey Krug got the power play goals. Boston is now 6-for-29 during the postseason, good for fifth in the NHL (20.7%).

“It was nice to see us score a couple of goals. It’s been tough. It’s a good thing we’re a good five-on-five team and that we’ve managed to win hockey games," said B’s Head Coach Claude Julien, of his team that hasn't received too many power-play opportunities. "But last night two for four – and certainly it could have been three for four, I guess two seconds after the power play ended."

“So our power play did a good job of producing and whenever you can count on that it’s always a bonus.”

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Tuukka Rask (7-4, 2.33 GAA, .925 save percentage) had a tough Game Four, if only for the first goal let in, with the Rangers not having generated much pressure. With the Bruins ahead, 2-0, midway through the second period, Rask’s skate caught a rut in the ice and as he struggled to get back his awareness, Carl Hagelin's weak backhander trickled over the goal line and got the Rangers on the board.

“I saw it [on TV]. I saw it many times in my head, too,” said Rask of his stumble. “You can either cry about our laugh about it. I decided it's better to have a sense of humor, laugh about. Tough break, those happen. But to be honest, I think throughout the years I've been pretty good making those ‘Not-Top-10’ lists. So, here we are again.”

"You've just got to move on, you let in a goal and at the end of the day it doesn't matter, it's still a goal."

Henrik Lundqvist (5-6, 2.15 GAA, .934 save percentage) stopped 37 of 40 shots in Game Four, as the Rangers picked up their first win of the series.

LOOSE ENDS: Zdeno Chara notched his 50th career postseason point with an assist on Tyler Seguin’s third period goal...David Krejci had a helper on Nathan Horton’s power play tally in Game Four and remains first in the NHL in points (17) and assists (12) during the postseason...Torey Krug’s second period goal was his third of the series (and the playoffs), tying him for second among defenseman this postseason...Patrice Bergeron won 15 of 24 faceoffs in Game Four; he leads the NHL during the playoffs with a 62.1 faceoff win percentage. Chris Kelly is second at 63.3 percent...Nathan Horton (plus-13), David Krejci (plus-9), and Milan Lucic (plus-8) hold the top three spots among the league’s plus/minus leaders...Jaromir Jagr is one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list (76), and three points shy of tying Paul Coffey for fifth on the all-time playoff points list (196

INJURIES: Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden continued their progression and skated during practice on Friday afternoon.

'They’re progressing everyday. That’s why you see them on the ice," said Julien following the skate.

“Really bad,” said Seidenberg, when asked after practice Friday how badly he wanted to get back on the ice. “Nobody likes watching hockey games, especially around this time of year. Hopefully I get back in there soon and hopefully I can help.

“I felt comfortable out there today. But again, to make any decision, I have to talk to the doctors and we’ll see.”

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