Rapid Reaction: Bruins 2, Rangers 1

May, 21, 2013
5/21/13
10:18
PM ET


What it means: The Bruins relinquished a two-game series lead against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 1 and seemed determined to not let that happen again in Game 3 of their second-round set against the Rangers. Daniel Paille snapped a 1-1 tie late in the third period, sweeping in a deflected puck to give the Bruins a 2-1 win and commanding 3-0 series lead against a stunned Rangers squad that is now squarely on the brink of elimination. New York wasted a fine effort from Lundqvist, surrendering an abundance of chances to a hungry Bruins team eager to make easy work of their opponents.

Make it four: Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk tallied his fourth goal of the playoffs, and it was a big one. Capitalizing on John Moore’s turnover early in the third, Boychuk’s deep wrister beat a screened Lundqvist to tie the game 1-1 at 3:10 in the third period.

Rangers strike first: Set up by Derek Stepan’s clean faceoff win against Patrice Bergeron in the offensive zone, the Rangers got on the board 3:53 into the second period. Taylor Pyatt, screening Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, got a piece of Ryan McDonagh’s shot through traffic.

Down and out: Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman did not play after taking a hard hit from Boston's Milan Lucic late in the second period.

High-sticking hazard: The officials missed at least three high-sticking penalties during the course of Tuesday’s game, and there was plenty of evidence to prove it. Chris Kreider, Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Zdeno Chara all were bleeding at various points throughout the game after catching sticks to the face.

Henrik stands tall: Lundqvist was stellar in preserving a scoreless tie during the first period, making clutch saves on a pair of prime scoring chances for the Bruins. Lundqvist stoned both Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin on backhanded breakaways, both of which were the result of a couple of Rangers gaffes.

Line matching: With the benefit of the last change, the Rangers deployed their checking line of Pyatt, Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett against the Bruins line of Brad Marchand, Bergeron and Jaromir Jagr. Earlier in the day, Tortorella called Marchand "the best player in the series so far." Meanwhile, Bruins coach Claude Julien did his best to get hulking defenseman Zdeno Chara on the ice against Rick Nash whenever possible.

Gretzky in the house: The loudest cheer of the game came when hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was announced and featured on the Jumbotron.

Up next: Rangers vs. Bruins, Game 4, Thursday at 7 p.m.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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