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Rick Nash will have his hands full with Zdeno Chara
A slew of injuries to Boston blueliners have some convinced the Rangers will roll through their second round matchup, but we should know by now that nothing comes easy for New York. Still, the Blueshirts have a good shot at advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals if they follow these keys to victory.
Mitigate Boston’s advantage on faceoffs
It’s no coincidence that the team with the faceoff edge won five of seven games in New York’s first round matchup. Sure, there’s more to it than that, but winning faceoffs is one way to guarantee puck possession. For the second year in a row, Boston led the league in faceoff percentage by a wide margin, at 56.4%. First round hero Patrice Bergeron (62.1%) is far and away the best faceoff man in the league and will be a handful in this series. New York has been bipolar at the dots all year long, but the Rangers’ pivots will have to bring their “A” game to slow down Boston.
Win the special teams battle
Boston has one of the few power plays in the league on par, or (gasp) even worse than the Rangers. The Bruins’ penalty kill ranked fourth in the league while the Rangers were uncharacteristically 15th, but New York did a good job containing the Capitals’ top-ranked power play in the opening round. Somehow the Bruins won a Stanley Cup in 2011 despite going 10-for-88 on the man advantage during the postseason, but a timely power play goal or two in this series could easily be the difference in this battle.
Rick Nash vs. Zdeno Chara
If Nash was kept quiet by the Capitals’ defense in the first round, then his chances of lighting it up while being blanketed by the best defender in the league wouldn’t appear to be great. He’s going to have to have to produce though, because it’s pretty unlikely that the Rangers will be able to win a second series without a major contribution from their biggest offensive weapon.
Against Washington, the Rangers had to stay out of the penalty box to avoid the league’s No. 1 power play. Discipline will again be paramount against Boston, but not for the same reason. The Bruins are less likely to hurt the Rangers on the PP, but New York must keep its composure against the likes of Brad Marchand, the league’s premier pest, and Milan Lucic, who is sure to go barreling into Henrik Lundqvist early and often. The Rangers can’t be intimidated and must play physical, but they can’t let the Bruins take them off their game.
Henrik Lundqvist has to be as good, or better, than he was against Washington
Well this one should be easy, right? Lundqvist made history by shutting out the Capitals in Games Six and Seven, something that’s only been done four times in league history. However, Braden Holtby matched The King every step of the way until the deciding game and Tuukka Rask is far superior to him. There’s no doubt that Lundqvist is on top of his game heading into this series, but he’ll have to continue his heroics against a deep team that, in theory, will be even tougher for the Rangers to score on.
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If you score on the New York Rangers, save the puck. It doesn’t happen often.
OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the Blueshirts do play a defensive-minded brand of hockey that makes it very difficult to put pucks in the net. John Tortorella‘s squad ranked fourth in goals against during the regular season (2.3 per game) and continued its stingy play against the Capitals...
Last time they played, Eddie was in net (Photo: AP).
The Rangers and Bruins are set to do battle in the playoffs for the first time in 40 years tonight. Over the past few seasons the Rangers and Bruins have grown a mutual respect for each other, as they both play the same type of game. That game being physical, winning board battles, and getting goals at even strength. They both...
John Tortorella may give clipped answers and avoid tangential questions, but that doesn’t mean he can’t offer a fair assessment of his team.
The Rangers coach gave a short, accurate answer when asked after Thursday night’s game what went wrong for New York in its 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins.
“We got spanked in overtime,” Tortorella told reporters.
The teams were neck...
Putting the puck past Henrik Lundqvist is a huge challenge for the Boston Bruins.
Of course, they have to get it to him first and that's a tough task against the shot-blocking New York Rangers.
''They're definitely going to be laying down to block those shots,'' Boston forward Patrice Bergeron said after practice for Thursday night's series opener. ...
If you're not familiar with Game of Thrones, well then shame on you. This is a play off of "Bear and the Maiden Fair" a popular song in Westeros.
A bear there was, a bear, a bear!
All black and gold and covered in hair!
Three forwards, a goalie and a Chara bear!
They checked and scored, right to the fair!
Oh sweet he was, and pure, and fair!
Somebody should probably tell the Bruins that they’re allowed to win games in regulation time. As long as they are winning those games, though, nobody is going to argue.
The Bruins came through with another white-knuckle victory on Thursday, getting an overtime goal by Brad Marchand to propel them to a 3-2 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Marchand’s tip-in...
Behold, the most random/perplexing yearbook entry of perhaps…ever?
The awesomeness that was the JR Smith Yearbook entry is quite the opposite for NY Rangers coach John Tortorella.
‘Torts’ is a pretty serious guy as it is, and from the looks of his facial expression he’s always been that way. Will we ever find out what happened in Lana’s garage?
We may never know.
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A.B. Here’s a little background for those of you who don’t stalk the Boston Bruins like a few of the writers here do (online stalking only, of course):
For the past 3 years, the Boston Bruins have selected a unique fashion accessory to be worn post-game by the player of the game. The tradition started with a vintage Boston Bruins windbreaker during the 2011 Stanley Cup run and...
The news that was all but official is not officially official, as Mike Morreale at NHL.com is reporting that Yankee Stadium will be hosting two outdoor NHL games during Super Bowl week in 2014. The Rangers will face the Devils on January 26, 2014 at 12:30pm, and then the Islanders on January 29, 2014 at 7:30pm. The Rangers will be the visiting team in both games.
The Boston Bruins welcomed the New York Rangers into the TD Garden to kick off their conference semi-final series, and game 1 was exactly as advertised. It was gritty. It was physical. It was ugly. And it took extra time before the Bruins were able to take the 3-2 overtime victory. Things started out slowly as both teams seemed to be feeling each other out, this being their first...
The Bruins stunned the Maple Leafs in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The game was nearly out of the Bruins’ hands when they charged back and pulled the rug right out from underneath the Leafs, rallying from a 3-point deficit to win.
Many question whether or not the Bruins have enough stamina to make their way to the Stanley Cup final, but their next...
Bruins-Maple Leafs Game No. 7 Received 16.8 HH Rating
Third best in NESN Bruins history
May 15, 2013 — NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, will deliver complete pre- and post-game coverage on NESNplus during the Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Bruins Face-Off LIVE and Bruins Overtime LIVE will be...
Especially if you're Brad Marchand...
Here's how you get a dirty goal for a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semis...
((HT: NHL on NBC/FredMurtz))
Keith Jones, in studio, admitted that he thought the Rangers had a better Game 1. But, in the end, it doesn't matter...
A defenseman jumps into the play a little too much... and that's the end result...
Nearly everything about the New York Rangers' Game 7 victory over the Washington Capitals was improbable, and yet the 5-0 drubbing they authored wasn't even the most surprising result of the night.
No, that belonged to the Boston Bruins - the Rangers' next opponent in the NHL's Eastern Conference playoffs.
On the karma scale, this matchup of Original Six teams is...