Sunday, May 19, 2013
Game 2 Reaction: Bruins 5, Rangers 2
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- The Bruins are headed to the Big Apple with a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals after a decisive 5-2 win in Game 2.
Torey Krug and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist, and Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell and Milan Lucic also lit the lamp for Boston. Only Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash could beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who made 35 saves. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had a game to forget, allowing five goals on 32 shots.
Boychuk the playoff warrior -- In addition to a rocket of a slapshot that found the net for the third time in the playoffs Sunday, Boychuk also has some kind of pain threshold. Remember, the Bruins rearguard was injured early in Game 1; after laying motionless for 10 seconds and then showing signs of alertness and skating to the bench, Boychuk missed only one shift and returned to play 26:55. Apparently it will take more than a dangerous head shot for Boychuk to miss quality time.
Marchand and Bergy connect again -- It’s rare that a team can score on the same play against the same team two games in a row. But that is just what the Bruins did when Bergeron found Marchand with the same feed in front that he did when he set Marchand up for the overtime winner in Game 1. Bergeron’s vision was on full display, as he also assisted on Boychuk’s game-winner. But the Rangers have to be wondering how they got beat again on the same play.
Rask even-keeled -- Rask hasn’t been tested a lot in this series thus far but when he has, he has done his job. In Game 2, he had some long stretches of no action and then some stretches of furious action. Yes, he gave up two goals, but neither could be blamed on him and overall he has been solid when needed. But besides Rask making saves, he is having even more of a presence helping the young defensemen with improved puck-handling starting plays out of the zone.
Thornton called it -- Speaking to the media prior to Game 2, Thornton seemed to have an inclination that he and his linemates Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell would finally breakthrough after numerous chances in the past few games. Thornton’s hunch was correct as Campbell got his first goal of the playoffs 2:24 into the middle frame. The energy line, as they’re known, was a constant factor with their physical presence, forecheck and scoring chances.
Krug continues to be a factor -- Krug continues to look very comfortable in the Stanley Cup Playoffs atmosphere. The footwork and stickwork Krug showed on his first-period goal was impressive. This kid is living in the moment, and if he cleans up his turnovers he will all but have a spot cemented in Boston when he shows up for training camp next September.
Defense giveth, taketh away and taketh back -- The Bruins' defense played a role in almost every goal in Game 2. It accounted for six points with Krug’s two points, Boychuk’s goal, and Hamilton, Bartkowski and McQuaid all getting helpers. But they also were in a giving mood, as the team finished with 16 turnovers -- many from the defense -- and some of them costly and leading to goals. Obviously the team welcomes the offense from the back end, but at times it appeared as if they got a little too excited or overconfident with the puck and made some blind passes in front or out to the point. Hamilton, Krug and Boychuk all need to make smarter passes coming out of the Bruins' zone.