Trailing the Bruins, 2-0, the New York Rangers should be the more desperate team tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Just don’t tell Brad Marchand that Boston can afford to let up a bit. Not after what happened against the Maple Leafs.
“We try to learn from every situation,” said the Bruins’ forward, per CSN New England. “Being up against Toronto, we realize that let them back into it. We didn’t have the killer instinct. Whether it’s the power play or the penalty kill, we want to kill their momentum to kill their game. We want to make sure we step up and do the job. We did that last game, and we want to make sure we bring out best. They’re going to come out hard, and if we’re not prepared they’ll roll over us.”
The Bruins had a golden opportunity to make short work of the Leafs in the first round (and get some much-needed rest), but we all know how that series went.
Boston may also have noted Pittsburgh’s failure to step on Ottawa’s throat on Sunday.
The Rangers, meanwhile, are 3-0 at home during the playoffs, plus they finished the regular season with six straight wins at MSG.
The Boston Bruins have taken a 2-0 series lead and have scored eight goals in the process. Has goaltender Henrik Lundqvist come up short or does the blame lie in those playing in front of him? On the flip side, what has been going right for the Bruins so far?
Meanwhile, San Jose is down by one game against Los Angeles, but that series has been incredibly close. Is there an underlining issue that the Kings need to address going forward?
Mike Halford and Jason Brough analyzed both series ahead of tonight’s action:
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Joe Thornton thinks 24-year-old forward Logan Couture has become “probably the most complete hockey player there is in the NHL today.” (ESPN.com)
An AHL playoff game between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins got very heated with the teams combining for 117 penalty minutes. (AHL.com (with video) and Youtube)
Once again the New York Rangers find themselves down 2-0. Can they overcome another major deficit? (Newsday)
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is definitely enjoying himself. (Detroit Free Press)
Would Ales Hemsky fetch the Edmonton Oilers much on the trade market? (Edmonton Journal)
San Jose’s Brent Burns talks about the switch from defense to forward. (ESPN.com)
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask deserves a lot of the credit for Sunday’s 5-2 victory. (Boston Herald)
Highlights from Ottawa’s double overtime win against Pittsburgh:
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Relatively unknown defenseman Torey Krug scored again for the Boston Bruins.
The 22-year-old blue liner, who has a grand total of five National Hockey League games – combined between regular season and playoffs – under his belt, scored his second goal of the Eastern Conference semifinal in Sunday’s 5-2 Boston win that gives the Bruins a 2-0 series lead.
In two playoff games with the Bruins, Krug has three points. He added an assist in Game 2, as well.
Given the situation he’s in – Stanley Cup playoffs, Original Six match-up – one might think he’d endure a certain amount of struggle. Not the case, at least from what it looks like so far.
The New York Rangers looked to be in good shape.
Tied 2-2 with the Boston Bruins early in the second period of Sunday’s Game 2, the Rangers then gave up three unanswered goals in what turned out to be a 5-2 loss and now trail in the best-of-seven series 2-0.
“We gave it to them. We gave it to them,” said Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist, as per a tweet from Michael Hurley of CBSBoston.com.
“I don’t think they had to work really hard to get a couple of goals.”
Johnny Boychuk scored the winning goal in the late stages of the second period.
But it was Brad Marchand’s goal just 26 seconds into the third period that took away any momentum the Rangers felt they had, as they looked to even the series.
“We felt really good going into the third and to have that type of goal go in on just a 2-on-2, it hurts ya. It hurts ya,” said Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella, according to a tweet from Sean Hartnett of WFAN 660.