For The Rangers, Trouble’s A-Bruin

The New York Rangers had two days to regroup after Thursday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins in game one of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

Would it help?

When all was said and done Sunday, the answer was decidedly no.

Rookie Torey Krug  has probably made the Blueshirts wish that Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden had been healthy at the onset of the series. Krug opened the scoring at 5:28 of the first to give the Bruins a 1-o lead. Ryan Callahan would answer 2-1/2 minutes later, stealing the puck from Brad Marchand, beating Dougie Hamilton and deking Tuukka Rask to even things up.

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Gregory Campbell put the Bruins up 2-1 at 2:24 of the second. Again, the Rangers would respond. Fifty-six seconds later, Rick Nash finally broke the playoff goal seal, coming down on  a 2-on-1, beating Zdeno Chara and snapping the puck stick-side past Rask.

At 12:08 of the second, Johnny Boychuk put the Bruins ahead yet again, taking advantage of the screen Patrice Bergeron set up  in front of Henrik Lundqvist.

Despite the Rangers having the better of play in the second, outshooting Boston 16-9, they found themselves trailing 3-2 after 40 minutes.

The wheels would completely come off in the third period. Twenty-six second in, it was game one overtime deja vu. Marchand, who had scored the game one winner,  would beat Dan Girardi (who had one of his worst games in a Ranger uniform, ending the day a -4) to the net and tip it in to put them up by two. Milan Lucic put the final nail in the coffin at 12:39  as Lundqvist committed to David Krejci and was down for an easy empty-net chip-in.

It would be the first time that the Bruins scored more than three on Lundqvist in his career, and the first time Lundqvist had given up 5 in the playoffs since his 2006 postseason debut.

Once again, the Rangers head back to Madison Square Garden in an 0-2 series deficit. Lundqvist will need to rediscover his round one back-to-back shutout form, and the team as a whole will need to find answers to slowing down the Bruins’  transitional game if they have any shot at making this a series.

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Much has been made of the Rangers’ terrible power play, and deservedly so. John Totorella’s Saturday comments when asked about it garnered much attention. The Rangers were dreadful with the man advantage in the regular season and now stand at 2-for-36 for the playoffs after going 0-for-5 on the day. On the Rich Peverley high-sticking call, it did look much better than usual, as they moved the puck quickly. And Carl Hagelin, whom Tortorella said “stunk” on the power play in the aforementioned remarks, actually saw time. Still, regardless of whether it looked good as it did there, or it looked bad, the end result was the same: it netted nothing. After 57 games, I highly doubt that the switch is suddenly going to go on and as I said before, it will likely be what does this team in when all is said and done. It’s a little early for post-mortem on a season yet to end, but the organization has got to address the problem on and off the ice this summer.

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