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With yesterday’s game, the Bruins are now up 2-0 in the series and more confident than ever.
The Boston Bruins won against the New York Rangers 5-2 Sunday afternoon with goals from Krug, Campbell, Boychuk, Marchand, and Lucic. Goals from the Rangers’ side came from Callahan and Nash.
This impressive performance could not have happened without the help of the great performance of some young defensemen. The absence of three key defensemen (Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden, and Andrew Ference) was expected to be a big problem for the Bruins, but an all out performance from the team helped the Bruins to take control.
Torey Krug, a young defenseman who was recalled from the minor league, had a breakout performance in this year’s playoffs. He had a goal in both games of this series, plus an assist in Game 2. Matt Bartkowski also had a breakout performance in the playoffs. He had a goal in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs, and broke up many Rangers plays that would have been great scoring opportunities for New York.
The rest of the team had a stellar performance too. Brad Marchand broke his scoring drought with his first and second goals of the playoffs in Game 1 and Game 2. His goal in Game 1 was an overtime winner from a great pass from Patrice Bergeron from the right wing to the middle. His goal in Game 2 was almost the exact same scenario, with Bergeron passing from the left to Marchand down the middle.
Henrik Lundqvist got beat many times by the Bruins, and didn’t look like the Venza Trophy finalist that he should be. During Game 1, The Bruins created numerous opportunities, with a good amount of shots that hit the post (including one from Krejci that hit the crossbar and looked as if it was going to be a goal for sure). In Game 2, the Bruins were able to score 5 times out of their 32 shots, and had a shot from Paille that hit the post late in the third.
Look out for the Rangers to be more aggressive in the next few games, as the series shifts to Madison Square Garden. The New York fan base is sure to give the Rangers a boost in attempting to take back the series while the Bruins try to remain focused at close it out.