Bruins Beat Rangers In Five Games To Move On
Over the past few days Bruins fans and media have been driving this ridiculous theory that the loss in game 4 would result in repeat of the infamous 2010 collapse. To those people, you can turn in your pink hats with the receipt you surely kept in case such a scenario played out. For those of you know the facts about playoff hockey, I commend your faith and understanding of a team with nothing but positives since the miracle on causeway.
Losing game 4 was a bummer. I can’t deny it, you can’t deny it, nobody can deny it. Yet, the Bruins have completely outplayed a New York Rangers team that was picked as the almighty Stanley Cup Favorite heading into the season. While every fan was dreading the thought of another heartbreaking comeback, the Bruins were focused for another opportunity to close out the Rags after failing to do so in game 4.
The Rangers got the scoring started midway through the first period with a powerplay goal from Dan Girardi. The play developed from the point as Dan Paille missed the feed from Mats Zuccarello to Girardi, and fell in the process. With Paille out of the way, Girardi was able to get a clean shot on Rask which beat him low glove side. Tuukka never saw the shot because of a perfect Brian Boyle screen in front. Again, I am sure this goal left many whispering of a collapse, but the Bruins didn’t get frustrated.
The second period started out more favorably for Boston with yet another goal from Torey Krug. How incredible had this kid been? He has now scored 4 goals in his first 5 playoff games which is an NHL record for a rookie defenseman. He has absolutely stolen the hearts of every Bruins fan all over the world with his excellent, and unexpected play. I don’t think anyone has ever scored 4 goals personally against Henrik Lundqvist in a playoff series, never mind a rookie defenseman.
The Merlot line stole the show yet again in this game too. Gregory Campbell scored 2 goals in this one including the game winner, and the empty netter that iced it. Dan Paille and Shawn Thornton were flying as well, and each contributed an assist and a +1. Thornton also got to finally beat on Derek Dorsett, and won the fight handily against a turtling Dorsett. Tyler Seguin got an assist on the Krug goal and now has points in two straight games. Dennis Seidenberg looked good in his return despite being shoved around by New York’s Chris Kreider at points in the game. He was a +1 and added 3 hits in 23:37 minutes of ice time.
Tuukka Rask was also outstanding in this one stopping 28 of 29 shots en route to his 8th win of the playoffs. He has gotten his playoff numbers to a .928 save percentage and 2.22 goals against average. Rask’s play has been great thus far into the postseason, and I have to think that he has proven himself worthy of a lucrative extension with the team.
With the New York Rangers dispatched, the Bruins now look to their second Eastern Conference Finals appearance in three years. They will be playing the Pittsburgh Penguins. This will be a colossal match-up with stories lines, upon story lines, upon story lines. Look for my preview later this week.
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