What is that old saying in sports? The fourth game is always the hardest to win? Well that was certainly the case last night for the Bruins as the Rangers were able to force game five in Boston. It is unclear to me though as to whether or not the Rangers beat the Bruins, or the Bruins beat themselves in this game. I’m not trying to take anything away from the Rangers, they certainly played like a team that is on the brink, but Boston shot themselves in the foot in a big way in this game, and it ultimately cost them a series sweep.
Game four started out well enough for the B’s. They scored twice early in the game on goals from both Nathan Horton, and Torey Krug. Horton’s goal was a result of some excellent puck movement by Brad Marchand and David Krejci. Krejci found Horton near the bottom of the circle, and he shot the puck through a sliding Henrik Lundqvist. The goal was his 1st of the series. Krug continued his excellent play against the Rangers last night with yet another goal, this one coming from a blast from the point. The goal was his 3rd of the series, and it was assisted by Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton.
Get this though; both of Boston’s first 2 goals were on the powerplay. The Bruins’ powerplay has been outstanding in the postseason so far, and is actually ranked 5th in the NHL (3rd including teams still in contention). That is a far cry from the regular season where they were hilariously bad on the man advantage at times. What’s weird though is the fact that no one has mentioned their powerplay and its success so far in the playoffs. It has been big for them.
The Rangers managed to add a goal of their own in the first period when Tuukka Rask slipped on the ice and a Carl Hagelin shot went right by him. The thing that hurt about that one was the fact that he could have stopped it as he time to recover, unfortunately he missed it and the Rags got some momentum out of it. Rask would be subject to another soft goal from a Derek Stepan wrap-around. Stepan stole the puck from Zdeno Chara behind the net and tucked it by him before he could react. Tuukka’s temper showed here a little bit, and it was a result of the lackluster play both he and his teammates were showing in game four.