Yesterday the Bruins played Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series in Boston against the New York Rangers. I was at this game and it was a blast! Usually matinée games in Boston are pretty quiet, but this one was louder than any I can remember. That made it feel awesome to be a Bruins fan. It also means that us fans are very much involved in this playoff run, which is great to see.
For the first 25 minutes, the Bruins were scoring, but the Rangers were always scoring soon after. From then on, however, the Bruins dominated the game, taking it to the Rangers with tons and tons of scoring opportunities. 12 minutes into the second period Johnny Boychuk scored with a sweet wrist shot. This time, the Rangers were not able to come back and even up the score.. They also would not score again for the rest of the game. Amazingly, as quiet as Boychuk has been in the regular season (scoring-wise), this is already his third playoff goal this year!
In the third period, the Boston onslaught didn’t stop. Two Bruins who had been criticized for underperforming (before this series), Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic, both scored to put the score at 5-2 Bruins, where it would remain. Worth noting, young defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton each had an assist on these goals.
The Bruins’ second goal came from Gregory Campbell. It was his first playoff goal this season. He had not scored in a while and it was great to see him step up. Torey Krug had the assist (along with Adam McQuaid). Krug also scored the Bruins’ first goal five and a half minutes into the game to open up the scoring. This was Krug’s second career NHL playoff goal and it came in his second career NHL playoff game! He has truly been a pleasant surprise, as have the other young defensemen who have been playing the past few games due to the injuries our normal defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, and Wade Redden. The young guys have played so well that there is actually some question on whether or not the normal guys will play again when they are healthy. You can pretty much count on Seidenberg being back in, but with Ference having somewhat of an off year, and Redden having not done a whole lot for us so far (though he is good and he does have two goals and two assists in the playoffs so far), there’s a chance they will be scratched in favor of the young guys.
Everything else aside, the Bruins really looked like they will be able to win this series with a lot less trouble than originally predicted. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, arguably the best in the league, has not played to his par. I don’t know if he’s in a slump, or if we’re doing what needs to be done (like getting lots of traffic in front of the net, which seems to be the case), but I’m sure happy about it. In the Bruins net, Tuukka Rask had another great game, stopping 35 of 37 shots including seven of seven during Rangers power plays. He ended up with a .946 save percentage!
The next two games are in New York and they will be the true test for the Bruins. There’s a small chance we could sweep them, but I they should do anything and everything to prevent them. More likely, each team will take a win out of New York, which would put the Bruins in a great position, getting the chance to take the series at home in Game 5. But as always, no matter what happens, Bruins fans, you must always..
Here are some videos from Game 2:
Extended Game 2 Highlights (HD):
Short Game 2 Highlights (SD):
Torey Krug’s 2nd NHL/NHL playoff goal in his 2nd NHL playoff game:
Gregory Campbell scores his first 2013 playoff goal:
Johnny Boychuk scores his third goal of the 2013 playoffs:
Brad Marchand scores his second goal of the 2013 playoffs:
Milan Lucic goes hard to the net for his third goal of the 2013 playoffs:
Daniel Paille steals the puck, gets a breakaway, and hits post (all while the Bruins are short-handed):
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