New York Rangers v Boston Bruins - Game One

Video: Rangers’ goalie Lundqvist robs Bruins’ Jagr

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It was a save that could’ve given the New York Rangers a third period boost. But that wasn’t the case.

Henrik Lundqvist made a highlight stop on Boston Bruins’ forward Jaromir Jagr just past the midway point of the third period in the Rangers’ 5-2 loss Sunday evening. Heck of a save, as Lundqvist slid across to his left to take away what looked to be a sure goal for Jagr.

It was a bright moment in a very ordinary performance from Lundqvist. He made only 27 saves on 32 shots and was outplayed at the other end by Bruins’ netminder Tuukka Rask, who made 35 saves. The Rangers now trail the Bruins 2-0 in the best-of-seven semifinal series.

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Discuss: Bruins find scoring touch in Game 2 win over Rangers

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The Boston Bruins are showing signs that they’re gathering strength in these playoffs.

The Bruins took a 2-0 series lead over the New York Rangers in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal with a 5-2 victory on Sunday evening.

Let’s discuss.

  • Tuukka Rask solid again for Boston. He made 35 saves for his third straight playoff win.
  • Good news for the Bruins: Gregory Campbell scored his first playoff goal since 2011.
  • The Bruins coughed up two earlier leads in this game, but weren’t going to give up on the third one. After taking a 3-2 lead into the third period, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic scored to put the Rangers away.
  • So, it only took Rangers’ forward Rick Nash nine games but he now has his first of these playoffs. His goal at 3:20 of the second period tied the game at 2-2.
  • In the opening round, the Rangers fell behind the Washington Capitals by a two-games-to-none deficit before winning the series, so perhaps they will draw on that for motivation heading to Game 3 in New York.
  • What will Rangers’ coach John Tortorella have to say about this?

Video: Ryan Callahan dazzles Bruins defense to tie up Game 2

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Today’s Game 2 between New York and Boston didn’t get out to the start the Rangers wanted when Torey Krug put the Bruins ahead first, but it wouldn’t last long.

Captain Ryan Callahan would pick Brad Marchand’s pocket and race to the other end of the ice, blowing past Dougie Hamilton and fooling Tuukka Rask on his way to a dazzling tying goal. Check out the video here.

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Think Bruins coach Claude Julien might have a word with Marchand about his “effort” to backcheck and make up for his mistake?

Playoffs tonight: Spezza’s Game 3 return, Bruins-Rangers highlight your Sunday

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Business picks up a bit for your Sunday pleasure with a pair of Eastern Conference games taking the stage. You can get locked into all your playoff action starting this afternoon and roll through the evening.

Please keep in mind that both games can be watched online in addition to the channels listed below.

Game 2: Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers — (3 p.m. ET, NBC)
Boston leads series 1-0

Game 1 of this series seemed to be a bit too familiar for the Rangers. They were outshot badly, they didn’t score nearly enough goals, and Henrik Lundqvist had to stand on his head for the team to have a chance before eventually losing in overtime. If there’s anything the Rangers want to avoid it’s overtime.

New York is 0-3 in overtime games this year and Lundqvist has a 3-11 playoff OT record himself. That means it’s up to the erratic Rangers offense to find a way to beat the Bruins’ defense. With half their starters injured in Game 1, the Bruins held strong defensively. Now they’re looking at Wade Redden possibly returning to action today and Dennis Seidenberg is skating again.

These are all bad news for New York who could really use a big game (or two, or three) from Brad Richards and Rick Nash. It’s too bad Carl Hagelin supposedly “stinks” on the power play, the Rangers could use a boost there as they’re just 2-31 on the man advantage in the playoffs.

Game 3: Ottawa Senators host the Pittsburgh Penguins — (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
Pittsburgh leads series 2-0

It’s tough not to focus on Jason Spezza’s return to the lineup for Ottawa in this game. Pittsburgh’s been so incredibly efficient against Ottawa, including chasing Craig Anderson in Game 2, that it’s almost not dramatic. Enter Spezza into the mix to provide some kind of spark and the Senators could use it.

While guys like Kyle Turris and Zach Smith have played strong to this point in the postseason, Spezza is on another level both offensively and defensively. While the Sens could use the goals, it’s the latter part of that they could really use a lift in when it comes to defending against Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

Malkin ate Ottawa up in Game 1 while Crosby was the man in Game 2 netting a hat trick. Trying to control those two is like herding rabid feral cats. No pressure though Spezza, your team just needs you to be the difference maker into turning this series around. Dropping Game 3 could mean this fun run by the Sens may end by Wednesday night.

Bruins’ banged-up D skate on Saturday

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The Boston Bruins got by in Game 1 against the New York Rangers with a pretty green defense corps, as Torey Krug enjoyed an impressive playoff debut. Even so, they’d probably prefer to have some of their experienced blueliners back.

It’s unclear if that will be the case for Game 2 on Sunday, but the team reports some progress during practice on Saturday.

Wade Redden practiced with the team while Dennis Seidenberg skated on his own. While head coach Claude Julien said he doesn’t expect Seidenberg to play in Game 2, Redden is labelled a game-time (or at least Sunday) decision.

Redden, 35, understands the difference between being healthy enough to play versus being healthy enough to be effective.

“Everybody wants to be out there, but it’s got to be the right way,” added Redden. “If you go out there and you’re not able to do what you need to do you’re only hurting the team.”

“We’re kind of on the outside, you know – you want to get healthy, you want to do everything you can to get back.”

It remains to be seen if he’ll be good to go tomorrow.