May 19, 2013

Postgame Breakdown: Bruins light up Lundqvist in Game 2

By Jesse Connolly

Milan Lucic's third goal of the playoffs made it a 5-2 game in the third period. (Getty Images)

Final: Boston 5, New York 2

Recap: The Bruins opened the scoring for the second time in as many games in this series, as Torey Krug snapped one through Henrik Lundqvist’s five-hole 5:28 into the contest. Boston’s lead lasted just 2:33, as Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored on a breakaway to knot things up at one apiece.

In the second, Greg Campbell’s first of the playoffs put the B’s back on top, as he sent a backhander over Lundqvist from in close to make it 2-1. But in this instance, the Bruins’ lead lasted just 56 seconds, with Rick Nash’s first tally of the postseason making it 2-2. Before the period was over, the Bruins went back on top when a perfectly-placed wrister by Johnny Boychuk found twine with 7:52 to go until the intermission.

In the third, Boston made it a two-goal game 26 seconds on a goal from Brad Marchand. They completely iced it with 7:21 left in regulation when Milan Lucic hammered home his third goal in the last four games to make it 5-2, while Tuukka Rask stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third.

Series: Bruins lead 2-0

Playoff Records: Boston 6-3; New York 4-5

Key Play of the Game: In Game 1, Boston’s power-play opportunity in overtime absolutely deflated the Rangers. In Game 2, it was Marchand’s goal that made it a 4-2 game that sucked the life out of the Blueshirts.

Connolly’s Commendations: Good thing that Krug kid spent the entire year in the AHL. I can’t think of one single Bruins’ power play this season on which he would’ve come in handy. Nope. Not a one. (/sarcasm)

Really nice work by Rask today between the pipes. He made a lot of routine stops, but the Finnish netminder certainly mixed in a few dazzling ones as well. He finished with 35 saves.

Gotta give Dan Girardi some credit here as well. I know what you’re thinking. Hey, that guy plays for the Rangers. Well, he didn’t do much to aid their cause today. New York’s top shutdown d-man was minus-4 on the day. Girardi was on the ice for all five of Boston’s goals. Yeeouch!

Connolly’s Critiques: Pretty ghostly performance from Tyler Seguin. No points, two shots on net, couple noticeably bad decisions with the puck.

Dougie Hamilton picked up an assist, but the rookie d-man was once again shaky in certain situations. He looked pretty bad when he allowed Callahan to get past him on the Rangers captain’s breakaway goal, and made a weak effort to reach back with his stick before No. 24 in blue was out of reach.

Notes: This is the first time Boston has scored more than three goals in a single game against Lundqvist. It’s also the first time they’ve scored five or more goals against the Rangers since January of 2004. Mike Dunham was in net on that night nine years ago for New York.

Final Thoughts: After so many one-goal games over the years, it’s borderline shocking to see the Bruins beat a Lundqvist-led team by three. New York is considerably better on home ice than on the road, as they’ve proven all season, but if the B’s can take at least one game in the Big Apple, they can come back to Boston up three games to one.

Next: The Bruins will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead when they face the Rangers in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

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