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NYR @ BOS: Game Two Preview

by Eric Russo / Boston Bruins – The Bruins and Rangers resume their second round series on Sunday afternoon on TD Garden, and after their 3-2 overtime win in Game One that saw Brad Marchand net the winner 15:40 into OT, the B’s are expecting the Blue Shirts to come out hungry in an attempt to tie the series at a game a piece.

“We expect them to come hard at us,” said B’s Head Coach Claude Julien following Bruins practice on Saturday. “We expected them to come hard at us last game, too. Our D’s handled it well, our forwards did a great job of coming back. It’s just a matter of being ready to up your game because the other team is going to be better.

“That should be something that you know automatically. We saw some things in our game that we talked about in our dressing room that we’ve got to improve on. That’s the adjustments you make game to game in these kinds of series.”

Game time is 3:00 p.m. ET. Catch the action on NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and as always, the Bruins official Twitter feed @NHLBruins will post live updates from TD Garden.


ZEE STEPS UP: Zdeno Chara played 38:02 of ice time in Game One against the Rangers, which was a season high. He also launched nine shots on goal and got the Bruins on the board with his second goal of the playoffs. Chara let go a slap shot from the point at 12:23 of the second period and it trickled past Lundqvist to put the Bruins up, 1-0.

“He's a pretty special player,” said B’s forward Gregory Campbell. “I don't think you can really appreciate him until you play with him. Zee, his work ethic on and off the ice, the way he carries himself, the leadership that he has. Especially now, he's always the number one defenseman, but now with a couple young kids in the lineup, we have to rely on him even more so, if you can believe it.

“He's a guy that plays against the top players every night and has a tough job to try to shut down guys like Rick Nash – you can go through the list. To have to shut down those guys and then produce at the same time is equally as hard. He's a guy that our team really goes with when he's playing well.

“He's a leader on this hockey team for a good reason.”

SPECIAL TEAMS: Both teams had struggled for most of the season on the power play, but in the first game of the series, the Bruins were able to take advantage, going 1-4 on the PP. They had good movement and possession all game long and their power play 2:20 into overtime sparked the B’s in the extra session. They controlled the puck in the New York end for the entire two minutes and fired eight shots on Lundqvist. The Rangers, on other hand, went 0-3 on the power play and struggled to gather any momentum on any of their chances.

SHOTS: The final shot total may look a bit lopsided, but through regulation, the Bruins held just a 32-30 advantage. But the Black & Gold’s dominant overtime, in which they outshot New York, 16-5, led to the final shot count being 48-35 in the B’s favor.

“I thought it was pretty even going into the overtime,” said Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella after Game One. “But we got spanked in the overtime.”

BETWEEN THE PIPES: The goalie match-up was pretty even in Game One between the Bruins and Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 45 of the 48 shots he saw from the Bruins, good for a .938 save percentage. Lundqvist’s shutout streak was snapped at 152:23, when Zdeno Chara beat him with a slapshot at 12:23 of the second period. He had shutouts Washington in Game Six and Seven of the Rangers’ first round series. At the other end of the ice, Tuukka Rask made 33 saves on 35 shots, to post a .943 save percentage.

Both are expected to get the start in Game Two.

LOOSE ENDS: Patrice Bergeron continued his reign over the faceoff dot, winning 14 of 18 faceoffs, good for a 78 percent success rate...Milan Lucic delivered a game-high eight hits in Game One, while Adam McQuaid blocked a game-high six shots...Torey Krug notched his first career NHL goal in his first career playoff game. Matt Bartkowski delivered his first career goal in Game Seven against Toronto. It is the first time that two Bruins have scored their first NHL goals in the postseason since Bob Beers and John Byce accomplished the feat in 1990...David Krejci is tied with Pittsburgh’s Evegni Malking for the league lead in points during the playoffs, with 14.

INJURIES: For the Bruins, Julien did not totally rule out defensemen Dennis Seidenberg or Wade Redden, but said D-man Andrew Ference will not play.

“I don’t anticipate [Seidenberg] being ready for [today], but with the injury he’s got, you never know,” said Julien. “As far as Ference is concerned, he hasn’t skated yet, so he won’t be in [today].

“Redden will probably be a game-time decision.”

The Rangers will not have defenseman Marc Staal or forwards Ryan Clowe, and Darroll Powe in the lineup for Game 2.

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