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One of the rare bright spots in game two: the captain
The Rangers lost a tough one to the Bruins in game two. Why was it tough you ask? It was tough because the Rangers were brutal in their own end. If the Bruins had capitalised on half of the odd man rushes or wide open chances they had it could have been worse. That all said the Rangers were much improved offensively. They created chances, generated some turnovers of their own and if Tuukka Rask wasn’t in strong form this may have been a higher scoring game at both ends. The Rangers need to tighten up at the back end if they want to get on the board Tuesday. On to the goals
Boston 1 Rangers 0; Torey Krug
The Bruins took the lead just over five minutes in as rookie defenseman Torey Krug looked anything but. Entering the Rangers zone late, the blueliner was completely open and received a cross ice pass from Nathan Horton that opened up the ice for the rookie. Receiving the puck out of stride Krug pushed the puck between his skates in spectacular style before beating Lundqvist five hole as his shot beat the despairing dive – and block attempt – from Girardi. The goal was an example (one of countless examples in the first) where the Rangers defensive coverage was found wanting. The Bruins had multiple odd man rushes and were able to find wide open shooters several times, resulting in quality looks in front of Lundqvist. Luckily for the Rangers, Krug’s was the only such chance the Bruins capitalised on in the first.
Rangers 1 Bruins 1; Ryan Callahan
The Rangers tying goal was all Ryan Callahan and classic Ryan Callahan. The Ranger captain’s strong forecheck created a turnover along the boards and Callahan didn’t give up on the puck, beat a Bruins defenseman to the loose puck in the Bruins zone before skating in on Tuukka Rask and deking the Bruins goalie to the floor finishing off by sliding the puck into the empty net. The goal was all hustle, desire and a sublime finish from the Rangers captain. The tying goal came at a point where the Rangers were clearly the second best team and unable to cope with the Bruins breakouts and odd man rushes.
Bruins 2 Rangers 1; Gregory Campbell
The Bruins re-took the lead early in the second and once again Torey Krug was involved. Following some more nifty footwork and stick handling, Krug then simply threw one on net where it deflected in front of Lundqvist off of Dan Girardi’s skate. Gregory Campbell had gone to the front of the net hoping for a rebound (hockey basics) and was rewarded as he was able to chip one past Lundqvist who got caught flat footed. The goal resulted from the Rangers being outworked to the puck and along the boards by the Bruins always dangerous fourth line.
Rangers 2 Bruins 2; Rick Nash
Welcome to the post season Rick Nash. Rick Nash scored a beauty as the Rangers took advantage of a rare mistake from Zdeno Chara of the Bruins. Nash was able to blow past Zdeno Chara who had over committed poking at what he thought was a loose puck at the red line. Nash was able to put the puck on to his forehand before wristing one top right corner past Rask, from the top of the crease. Great, confident play by Nash who displayed excellent speed and strength to get past Chara.
Bruins 3 Rangers 2; Johnny Boychuck
The Bruins grabbed their third lead of the game – and for good – midway through the second period as the teams skated four on four. The goal was created by Brad Marchand who was able to turn at the boards and feed Johnny Boychuck at the blueline who was then able to skate in a few steps before releasing a shot from up high that beat a completely screened Henrik. The Rangers had Girardi covering a Bruin who had gone to the front of the net which resulted in Lundqvist not having a chance on the Boychuck shot.
Bruins 4 Rangers 2; Brad Marchand
The Rangers got burned quickly to begin the third period. Following a turnover in the Bruins zone, the Bruins quickly came the other way as Bergeron carried the puck into the Rangers zone, turning Del Zotto inside out in the process. Del Zotto, critically, never had his stick on the ice trying to cut out the pass. Bergeron was able to throw the puck cross ice to a streaking Marchand who was able to get around Dan Girardi and put the puck home in what was almost an identical goal to the Bruins overtime winner in game one. It was a terrible, sloppy way to start the third for the Rangers.
Bruins 5 Rangers 2; Milan Lucic
The Bruins began to pour it on as they scored a fifth, late in the third. Dougie Hamilton chipped the puck forward where Lucic picks it up and carries it into the Rangers zone from Lundqvist’s left hand side. As Lucic tried to pass it across the crease it comes back to him off a body and he’s able to tap it home in to the empty night, to the right of Lundqvist, who was down and out of the play. It was poor play all round from the Rangers; from Brassard’s defensive positioning to Girardi once again taking himself out of the play by sliding down, in attempt to block the pass. It was another tough goal for Lundqvist to take, as he was let down again by the defense in front of him.
Where do you start? Lundqvist gave up five goals and yet played relatively well, including several highlight reel saves such as the one on a Jagr point blank chance. The Rangers defense didn’t turn up; abandoning coverage assignments, failing to clear the crease and generally failing to support their goalie. The Rangers powerplay continues to fire blanks although it did generate some chances and showed improved movement however at this stage of the season you need your powerplay to convert. The Rangers cannot play worse defensively which does offer some semblance of hope entering game three.
BEST OF MAXIM
Former Michigan State Spartan Torey Krug has played two career NHL playoff games. And he’s scored in both.
Krug followed up his surprising goal in the Boston Bruins’ Game 1 win over the New York Rangers with an absolutely dazzling marker to open the scoring in Sunday’s Game 2. With the Bruins on the break, Krug handled a pass between his legs, controlled the puck and then fired...
Make that two goals in two games for Boston Bruins rookie defenseman, Torey Krug. The Livonia, Michigan product has played in a grand total of five NHL games and has two NHL goals, both in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
05:28 BOS T. KRUG (2) SNAP - ASST: N. HORTON (5) AND D. KREJCI (10)
With an assist on Krug's goal, Krejci put himself back in first in playoff...
BOSTON — The nerve-wracking nature of the Stanley Cup playoffs can be too much for some players. Conversely, there are also who rise to the occasion when the lights shine brightest. Through the first two postseason games of his career, Torey Krug appears to belong in the latter group.
If playing your game — and succeeding at playing game — are the true barometers for comfort...
Torey Krug scored a highlight real goal last night in the Bruins 5-2 game 2 victory over the Rangers, apparently Krug had been practicing his moves last year at Michigan State. Courtesy of Matt Kalman from the Bruinsblog as well as MSU Hockey for the video. Here's the goal from yesterday:
Unheralded Boston Bruin's defensman Torey Krug made an amazing between-the-legs play to top Rick Nash and the Rangers just 47 days before his wedding.
Behind goals by Torey Krug, Gregory Campbell, Johhny Boychuck, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic, the Bruins rattled King Henrik and gained a 2-0 series lead on the New York Rangers to the tune of a 5-2 victory.The Rangers found the answer for each of Boston's first two goals, scoring on two breakaways by Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash, but the Bruins sacked up on defense and prevented...
The Bruins’ defense played a big role in their 5-2 win on Sunday over the New York Rangers. Torey Krug and Johnny Boychuck each netted goals, and Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton were both credited with assists.
Though they may be young, Krug, Bartkowski and Hamilton have proved themselves worthy of head coach Claude Julien‘s confidence moving forward in the series. Julien...
Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug. Three names most Bruins fans probably did not expect to hear much about coming into the 2013 NHL playoffs. The three rookie defenseman, while stacked with potential as future blue liners in the Bruins' lineup, figured to play minimal roles in whatever cup run the Boston Bruins were going to make. However, by the end of a strenuous 7...
Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton have given the Boston Bruins a big boost in the playoffs
When the Boston Bruins took to practice today before heading off to New York to continue their series, all eyes seemed pointed towards the Boston Bruins defensemen. Most notably, the status of injured starters Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden and Andrew Ference.
In any other post-season, the loss...
The Boston Bruins put forth a complete, dominating effort as they thrashed the New York Rangers 5-2. While at times it seemed as though the Bruins were going to let this one slip through their finger tips, they stood tall and now lead the series 2-0. The Bruins and Rangers traded goals in the first period. Torey Krug scored his second goal in as many games to give the Bruins...
In 31 games against the Bruins, Henrik Lundqvist had not allowed more than three goals. In Game 2 at the biggest time of the year, he let in five. What a difference a playoff series makes. With veteran D men Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden still out, the Baby B's defense made another strong case for why they should stay on the job when those guys get back...
The Boston Bruins have three rookie defensemen in the lineup for the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers.
It's not because they want to.
It's because they have to.
''As you know, we're getting thin here,'' Bruins coach Claude Julien said on Friday, a day after Torey Krug, in his first career NHL playoff game, scored to send the...
The Boston Bruins won game two fairly convincingly
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