With last night’s game, the worst nightmare of every Bruins fan started to come true, as thoughts back to the 2010 quarterfinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers (when the Flyers game back from being down 3-0 to win the series) came to every Boston fan’s mind. It wasn’t a pretty sight for Boston.
On the other side, the Rangers were more than happy about the game. Their team finally showed up for the series, capitalized on their opportunities, and gained momentum. Lundqvist made several great saves as usual but let in three goals, while Rask let in four.
The first period went scoreless, but there were several good chances from both sides. In the second, Nathan Horton scored a power play goal from the edge off of a rebound. The Bruins went on the power play again 3 minutes later, and Krug scored a nice top right corner goal off of a slapshot from the blue line. The Rangers answered back right afterwards when Rask tripped over himself and let in a loose puck.
During the third, both teams looked great and were aggressive. A minute into the third, Stepan of the Rangers stole the puck from Chara behind the Bruins’ goal and put it in for the goal in front of a surprised and unprepared Rask which tied the game. The Rangers had the momentum in the game and controlled the puck and kept it in the Bruins’ zone.
The Bruins came back when they got on the power play and Tyler Seguin scored his first playoff goal of the season. But not long after, the Boyle of the Rangers scored, forcing the game to go into overtime.
In overtime, the Bruins had more scoring chances than the Rangers, and controlled the game for most of the time. But on a Rangers breakaway, Kreider redirected a pass by Nash right past Rask for the goal and the win.
The two players that had the best performance were no doubt Derek Stepan and Torey Krug. Stepan impressed by controlling the puck everywhere and scoring a goal. Torey Krug, in only his fourth playoff game, was playing the puck everywhere and was fearless. He played with speed, quickness, and smarts that got him his third goal of the playoffs in just four games played. Tyler Seguin also had an unexpectedly good performance by getting six shots on goal and scoring once.
The series is going back to Boston, as both teams will play in TD Garden Saturday night. Although they have momentum, the New York Rangers still have a long way to go if they want to go on to the next round. The Boston Bruins, on the other hand, can close out soon if they just remain composed and be sure to not break down (like 2010…).