Bruins Dominate Rangers 5-2, Take 2-0 Series Lead
If you had told me before the game that the Bruins were going to score 5 goals on Henrik Lundqvist, I’d of told you you were crazy. The B’s came out on fire in game 2, and their effort was rewarded roughly five minutes in. Torey Krug continued his impressive play from game 1 into game 2, and his goal was an example of the skill the young defenseman. Krug joined the Bruins as an unrestriced college free agent, and his performance in these first two games, as well as his performance in Providence this season (13 goals, 32, and an even +/- rating) may prove that some scouts missed on him in a big way.
Much was made of the Bruins’ rookie defensemen in game 1. Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, and Krug all played excellently, and contributed to a big win for Boston. Today was no different. Krug had the B’s first goal after a nifty little play with his feet. He also added an assist and was a +2. Bartkowski added an assist, a +2, and 5 hits in 20:52 minutes of ice time. Hamilton didn’t have an excellent start to the game as he was caught out of position on the Rangers’ first goal. The goal was a result of a Brad Marchand turnover, but Hamilton would’ve been wise to bail out of the zone and defend against the possible counter attack, as opposed to holding his ground in the offensive zone.
The Rangers bounced back rather quickly after going down early going down early in the first. They came back with a quick goal scored by their captain Ryan Callahan, and controlled the play for the rest of the first period. Fortunately for Boston Tuukka Rask stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced in the period.
The Bruins would score again early in the second period on a Gregory Campbell rebound collection. The goal would be “Soupy’s” first of the postseason, and was a result some more nifty skate play from Torey Krug at the point. However, New York would answer shortly after as Rick Nash finally cashed in on one of his many scoring chances, and tied the game at 2-2.
The second period was a big again thanks to Tuukka Rask who stopped 15 of the Rangers’ 16 shots in the period. Boston added another goal on excellent play off of a Patrice Bergeron face-off win. Marchand would gather the puck and draw two Rangers to him, he then slipped the puck to a trailing Johnny Boychuk who wristed it through a screen in front of the net. This goal would eventually be the game winner, as Boston would not allow the Rangers to answer with their own goal as they had earlier in the game.
Boston added two more goals from Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic in the third on their way to a 2-0 series lead. Marchand’s goal was a near carbon copy of the same goal scored to win game one in overtime. He beat Rangers’ defenseman Dan Girardi (an uncharacteristic -4 in the game) to the front of the net where he collected a Patrice Bergeron pass and slipped in by Lundqvist. Milan Lucic’s goal was a result of a classic power forward move. He powered his way to the front of the net and slipped a pass to David Krejci, Lundqvist got a piece of the initial attempt, but Lucic was able to get the loose puck.
The Rangers did not play their best game, but that doesn’t take anything away from the Bruins. The B’s were outstanding in this one, and the results are exactly what they needed. Going back to New York tied at one game a piece could have been disastrous. I should also let it be known that the Rangers were in this exact situation in their first series against the Washington Capitals. I am not this to concern any of the fans out there who are believing in Boston right now, just alluding to the fact that the Rangers will not back down.
Regardless, the Bruins should be happy with themselves as they are two wins away from returning to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three years. They should also be happy with the fact that they handed Lundqvist one of his worst performances in years. He allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for a .844 save percentage, and a 5.00 goals against.
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