Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Associated Press
BOSTON — Claude Julien wanted his Bruins to play more aggressively in the third period. The Boston coach got his wish with the help of some shaky defense by the New York Rangers.
Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand gets to the puck ahead of New York Rangers right wing Derek Dorsett during Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series in Boston Sunday.
The Associated Press
WHO: Bruins at N.Y. Rangers
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
SERIES: Bruins lead, 2-0
A rare rough day for goalie Henrik Lundqvist certainly helped, too.
Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored in the final period after Johnny Boychuk broke a tie in the second, Lundqvist gave up more than four goals for the first time in 152 games, and Boston beat New York 5-2 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
"We gave it to them," said Lundqvist, last year's Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie. "I thought we played great. I didn't think they had to work really hard to get a couple goals there. We just made it really tough on ourselves."
Games 3 and 4 in the best-of-seven series will be played in New York on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Marchand gave Boston a 4-2 lead just 26 seconds into the third period when he tipped in a pass from Patrice Bergeron just outside the crease.
"We felt really good going into the third, and to have that type of goal go in -- it's just two-on-two -- it hurts you," Rangers Coach John Tortorella said. "We couldn't generate anything, and then they're just going to fill the middle and they're just going to jam you."
The Bruins went ahead to stay, 3-2, at 12:08 of the second period when Boychuk, who had one goal in the regular season, shot a 40-footer inside the near post for his third playoff goal.
"It was definitely a screen," Boychuk said. "All I had to do was hit the net because there were a couple of guys in front of him."
Boston never trailed as rookie Torey Krug scored the first goal before Rangers captain Ryan Callahan tied it. Gregory Campbell made it 2-1, and New York pulled even again on Rick Nash's goal, his first of the playoffs after he led the Rangers with 21 in the regular season.
Now the Rangers find themselves in a familiar position, down 0-2.
They lost the first two games of their first-round series in Washington, won the next two in New York before losing Game 5 on the road.
But Lundqvist posted consecutive shutouts in Games 6 and 7 against the Capitals when the Rangers faced elimination.
"We've done it before," Lundqvist said, "but I think we are playing a better team now so it's going to be tough to do it."
There's also the matter of his left shoulder that was hit by Daniel Paille's shot in the third period. Lundqvist rubbed it after the game and said, "We'll take a look at it."
Tuukka Rask was solid again for Boston, stopping 35 shots.
"You have to give Tuukka a lot of credit," Julien said. "Turnovers and giveaways in the second period are not something we do too much, and it could have been disastrous."
After the second period, "I told guys to play to win," he said. "I don't like our team when we are back on our heels and protecting a one-goal lead that way."
Marchand scored on a play just like the one that gave Boston a 3-2 overtime win on Thursday night.
"It was very similar. I was kind of hanging back there backdoor, and Bergy made an unbelievable pass again," he said. "It's always good to get a couple-goal lead early in the third."
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