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Rask, Lundqvist a study of contrasts

5/16/2013

BOSTON -- The masked men at either end of the ice couldn’t be any more different from each other.

The Bruins’ Tuukka Rask and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist are set to face one another in the Eastern Conference semifinal matchup, which begins with Game 1 on Thursday night at TD Garden.

“On his skates, he’s really fast,” Lundqvist said of his opponent. “Side to side he moves well and he’s an aggressive goalie. We’ve played against each other a bunch of times now. He’s good and obviously I’m going to have to match it. He’s a little different compared to me. I play really deep and he’s more aggressive, he comes out a lot and challenges the shooter more.”

Lundqvist owns a 21-7-2 record in 30 career games against the Bruins, including a 1.67 goals-against average, a .943 save percentage and six shutouts. Rask has played only nine games against the Rangers during his NHL career, posting a 3-3-3 record with a 2.09 GAA and a .928 save percentage. This season, he was 1-0-2 against New York.

New York defeated the Washington Capitals in the first round and Lundqvist posted back-to-back shutouts in Games 6 and 7.

After the Rangers’ morning skate Thursday at TD Garden, Lundqvist said he realizes the Bruins are a much different team from his team's previous opponent.

“I’m not going to change my game. I play the same way. I approach the game the same way, but it is a different team,” Lundqvist said. “I think Washington might have some high-skilled players, but Boston is more about the team. Every time we play them it’s around the net, it’s around the blue lines, that’s where a lot of times it’s decided.”

From the team standpoint, the Bruins and Rangers are similar and play a similar style. It will be a low-scoring series and the physical play will make up for the lack of offensive production.

“I see some similarities. I look forward to the matchup, it’s going to be interesting to see how we can respond to their physical play. I’m just exited to get going,” Lundqvist said.