New York Hockey: Torey Krug

Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Rangers 1

May, 25, 2013
What it means: Depth was the difference Saturday night, and the Bruins outmatched the Rangers in a 3-1 Game 5 victory at TD Garden that sent New York home for the summer. A rookie defenseman and an effective fourth line enabled the Bruins to secure a date with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals, as the Rangers fell painfully short in a lopsided five-game series in which they were thoroughly outplayed. Gregory Campbell notched two goals, including an empty-netter in the last minute of play that made the home crowd erupt.

Difference-makers: The Bruins fourth line of Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille and Campbell, a gritty trio that scored the deciding goal in Game 3, added another big one Saturday night. Capitalizing on a turnover from Rangers defenseman Roman Hamrlik, Paille made a cross-ice feed that bounced off Thornton to Campbell for the go-ahead goal at 13:41.

Kruuuuuuug: With his game-tying power-play marker in the second period, the fans at TD Garden were yelling "Kruuuuuuug!" in appreciation of rookie wonder Torey Krug. The 22-year-old defenseman scored his fourth goal in his first five playoff games, with a blistering one-timer that beat Henrik Lundqvist short side to knot the score at 1 at 3:48.

Power surge: No, that’s not a typo. For the second time in as many games, the Rangers notched a power-play goal with Dan Girardi’s slap shot that beat a screened Rask for a 1-0 Rangers lead at 10:39 of the first. The maligned unit has now tallied as many goals in the past two games as it managed on its previous 39 attempts during the playoffs.

Second scratch: For the second straight game, veteran Brad Richards was scratched. The struggling 33-year-old center sat out Thursday as the team faced elimination on Game 4, and, following the Rangers’ 4-3 overtime win, Tortorella stuck with the same lineup for Saturday.

Boost on back end: The Bruins returned Dennis Seidenberg to the lineup for the first time since the veteran defenseman was injured in the team’s first-round series against Toronto. Seidenberg replaced Dougie Hamilton, while rookie defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Krug remained in the lineup.

Rough stuff: Tough guys Thornton and Derek Dorsett dropped the gloves in the first period, a fight that kept going even after officials tried to separate the two players. Both received five for fighting and an extra two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. Dorsett racked up 11 PIM in total throughout the course of the game.

Rapid Reaction: Bruins 5, Rangers 2

May, 19, 2013
What it means: The Rangers are now staring down the same series deficit they faced in Round 1 after a 5-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 2, though the Bruins exhibited a killer instinct Sunday that the Capitals never seemed to possess. It was the first time this playoffs that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist gave up more than three goals, and he'll likely be kicking himself for the scoring play that opened up the game early in the third.

On a play that was eerily similar to Thursday's overtime game-winner for the Bruins in Game 1, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand connected for a back-breaking goal just 26 seconds into the third period. Bergeron hit Marchand on the rush for a backdoor goal that made it 4-2. Boston's Milan Lucic extended the Bruins' lead to three goals with a tap-in at the right post later in the period.

Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi was on the ice for all five Bruins goals.

Boy oh Boy: Snapping a 2-2 draw in the second period, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk notched his third goal of the playoffs. Marchand picked up an assist on the play with a nice drop pass to set up Boychuk at 12:08. Four of seven Boston goals this series have been scored by Bruins defensemen.

Cough it up: Just as they did in the first period, the Bruins surrendered a one-goal lead again in the second as Rick Nash scored his first goal of the 2013 playoffs less than a minute after Gregory Campbell’s backhander beat Lundqvist for a 2-1 Bruins lead. Nash beat Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara along the walls, careening in to tie the game 2-2 just 56 seconds later.

Good and the bad: The Bruins used three rookie defensemen on their blue line for the second straight game, and witnessed both the good and the bad with their youth in the first period. Former MSU standout Torey Krug, who made his NHL playoffs debut in Game 1, tallied his second goal in as many games, passing the puck to himself between the legs before beating Lundqvist for a 1-0 Bruins lead. But 19-year-old Dougie Hamilton’s defensive miscue allowed the Rangers to tie it up later in the period. Callahan pounced on a Bruins turnover and beat Hamilton to the puck along the boards before deking Rask for the Rangers’ first goal of the game at 8:01. Hamilton, Krug and Matt Bartkowski are playing on the back end in place of injured veterans Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden. Krug is making a strong case to remain in the lineup, though. The 22-year-old Michigan State product has two goals and three points in the past two games.

Brief appearance: Although coach John Tortorella made his feelings clear about Carl Hagelin’s power-play ability on Saturday (Tortorella said he “stinks” multiple times), the speedy Swedish winger made a brief appearance on the Rangers’ third man-up opportunity of the game.

Up next: Rangers vs. Bruins, Game 3, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.