Sunday, May 19, 2013
W2W4: Rangers at Bruins, Game 2
By Katie Strang
AT A GLANCE: With two days between games to rest and recharge, the Rangers and Bruins meet in Beantown for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston dominated New York in overtime Thursday to take a 1-0 series lead and will look to hold serve on home ice during Sunday's matinee at TD Garden. The Rangers aim to even things up with a better effort before the series shifts to New York.
GAME-TIME DECISION: With the Bruins' blue line already without injured defensemen Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) and Andrew Ference (lower body), they might return one veteran defenseman to the lineup for Game 2. Former Ranger Wade Redden practiced with the team Saturday. Bruins coach Claude Julien did not rule him out, saying he will be a game-time decision.
MAKING SOME CHANGES: Rangers coach John Tortorella was uncharacteristically cryptic Saturday in reference to changes he wanted to make from Game 1 to Game 2. Tortorella said the "adjustments" were not ones to be made on the ice; he declined to elaborate when pressed further about the nature of those adjustments but said he will answer the question "later in the series."
Mindset? Focus? Intensity level? Preparation? Leadership? Perhaps Tortorella will discuss what he means after Sunday's match.
POWER OUTAGE: The Rangers' power-play predicament is not subject to speculation or debate. Even Tortorella admitted that Saturday -- "Our power play stinks," he said -- after an 0-for-3 outing on Thursday that left the team 2-for-31 on the man advantage during the playoffs. Tortorella said it is possible that speedy winger Carl Hagelin might make an appearance on the unit, though he has struggled when placed there before. "He stinks on the power play," Tortorella said. Notice a trend?
BIG MAN ON THE BACK END: Even with a banged-up defensive corps, the Bruins boast a dominant force on their back end in captain Zdeno Chara. The hulking, 6-foot-9 defenseman is a nightmare to play against, as the Rangers' line of Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Rick Nash is quickly learning. Nash has yet to tally his first playoff goal as a Ranger, and the three were on the ice for the Bruins' game-winning overtime goal Thursday, a play that resulted from Chara's long reach that tipped Brassard's attempt at a cross-ice feed.