Bruins eliminate Rangers, advance to Eastern Conference finals vs. Penguins
|05.25.13 at 8:12 pm ET|
The Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night, handing the Rangers a 3-1 loss and eliminating them in five games. Up next for the B’s are the Penguins, who knocked out the Senators on Friday.
The Rangers took the lead in the first period on a power play goal from Dan Girardi, but Torey Krug struck again early in the second period with a power play goal of his own. It was the fourth goal for Krug this postseason, and with it he became the first rookie defenseman in NHL history to score four goals in his first five career playoff games. Campbell made it 2-1 just under 10 minutes later, knocking in a a rush that was orchestrated by Daniel Paille, and added an empty-netter with 50.4 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the deal.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Tuukka Rask made the save of the series when he stopped Ryan Callahan on a breakaway with under 11:30 to go in regulation. Rask made a right pad save to get deflect the puck out of play after Callahan took a long pass through the neutral zone and raced to the net.
– Who would have thought Torey Krug and not Jaromir Jagr would be the Bruins’ most meaningful addition this season? Krug led the Bruins in goals in the first round and, as mentioned above, is the first rookie defensemen in NHL history to score four goals in his first five playoff games.
– The members of the Merlot Line should change their practice jerseys to green, because they’ve been money. They were difference-makers on the scoreboard in two of Boston’s four wins this round, but they’re usually difference-makers anyway. Paille picked off a Roman Hamrlik pass in the neutral zone to start the rush on which they scored, with Campbell burying the rebound of Thornton’s bid.
– Give Milan Lucic credit for a monster of a backcheck late in the first period with Dorsett giving chase to a puck through the neutral zone and into the Bruins’ zone. Johnny Boychuk had pinched earlier in the play, so Lucic had to race back to turn on the jets and whack at Dorsett’s stick to break up what would have been a partial breakaway and a big scoring chance that would have given the Rangers the opportunity to take a 2-0 lead into the second period. Lucic had a strong performance in Game 5 otherwise, getting scoring chances and keeping his feet moving as he continued his postseason renaissance.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins took advantage of the Rangers’ weak power play by keeping them without a goal on New York’s first 12 power plays of the series, but from the third period Thursday though the first period Saturday they allowed a pair of goals over a span of three penalties. They’ve been pretty big goals — the game-tying tally in Game 4 and the first of the game in Game 5.
– Jaromir Jagr is just mega snakebite. Among the multiple opportunities Saturday that didn’t make their way to back of the net was a rebound that Jagr fired high glove-side on a third-period power play that was snagged by Lundqvist. Jagr still has no goals this postseason.