New York Rangers v Boston Bruins - Game Two

No freaking out: Bruins’ Krug scores again

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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.

Rangers ‘gave it to them’ in Game 2 loss to the Bruins

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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.

 

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?