Carrying over their momentum from overtime in Game 1, the Bruins blitzed the Rangers early in Game 2. Winning all the puck battles and applying early pressure, the B’s had the Blueshirts scrambling. Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead when rookie defenseman Torey Krug was handcuffed by a pass in his feet from Nathan Horton. Krug, niftily pulled the puck through his legs and collected it for a low bullet of a shot from the top of the circle that beat Henrik Lundqvist through the five hole.
The B’s continued to press the Rangers and appeared to be heading towards a blowout when Ryan Callahan changed things. At 8:01 Callahan picked off a Brad Marchand pass at the blueline and outraced Dougie Hamilton to the puck in the nuetral zone. Cally sped in on Tuukka Rask and beat Rask with a sweet backhand-forehand move tucking the puck home off the far post.
The Captain’s marker changed the pace of the game and the Rangers play picked up considerably. The Blueshirts drew two power plays after Cally’s goal, but for the 30th and 31st time in 33 post season chances, the NYR power play puked another goose egg. With a chance to go up, the Rangers power play threw up. The NYR outhit the B’s 20-9 in the period that ended tied 1-1.
Early in the second, Brad Richards ignored his man in the slot and the Bruins went up 2-1 at 2:24 when Gregory Campbell flipped a backhand under the bar. Torey Krug (there’s that friggin’ guy again) took a pass in his skates from Adam McQuaid at the blueline. Krug kicked the bad pass to his stick and sent a shot on net that Girardi kicked right to a wide open (thanks B-Rich!) Campbell who buried it for the 2-1 lead.
On the ensuing shift, Ryan Callahan led with his heart. Callahan went to the Bruins net and battled anything in black, chopping and pushing and jostling everyone. Cally’s mucking it up with the B’s seemed to inspire his mates and on the following shift, the big dog finally broke through!
Rick Nash sped through the nuetral zone with Mats Zuccarello and blew by Zdeno Chara. Nash cut around the circle to the net and wristed one by Rask for the equalizer. It was a classic Nash goal and one that the Blueshirt faithful have been waiting for for 9 games.
But frustratingly at 12:08 on a four on four with Arron Asham and Shawn Thronton in the box, Johnny Boychuck wristed one by Lundqvist through a double screen. With Patrice Bergeron and Dan Girardi screening him, Hank never the puck and the Bruins had a 3-2 lead.
Down a goal, the Rangers had a terrible start to the third. Only twenty-six seconds in, Bergeron skated down the wall in the Ranges zone and with Michael Del Zotto chasing him, threw a pass to the net. Brad Marchand was able to tip it by Hank as
Roman Hamrlik Dan Girardi, (-4) and awful all game, just kind of stood near Marchand doing nothing.
The Rangers were a sloppy mess in the third and Milan Lucic got a fifth goal to put the Rangers away with 7:21 in the period. Lucic steamed by Derick Brassard and sent a pass to David Krejci that Krecji whiffed on but the puck hit off Krejci’s skate and bounced back to Lucic on the doorstep for the tuck in open net goal.
The difference once again was the lack of a power play. The Rangers are were a ridiculous 0/5 on the man advantage and are now 0/8 in the series and 2/36 in the playoffs. The Bruins are not that far ahead of the Rangers, the Rangers are just squandering critical opportunities on the man advantage. If they had a PP, they’d have beaten the Caps in 5 and be up 2-0 in this series. The power play is costing the team this series and a shot at the Cup.
This lack of a power play is a freaking joke – now one of the biggest in the league and the blame-free Coach is a smug prick when asked about it.
Q: Coach, why not put Hagelin on the PP?
A: Becuase, he stinks out there.
Hey genius, your club is 2/36 on the power play, EVERYONE stinks out there. How about an answer about what you are doing to fix it? If Hags “stinks” so bad on the power play, why do you keep throwing Richards out there?
And can fans please stop blaming this on Mike Sullivan and giving this guy a pass? It’s Torts team and his power play. And it stinks, and he can’t figure it out.
Back home at the World’s Most Famous on Tuesday, maybe a different team shows up and they claw back into the series. Who knows?
Let’s go Rangers!