Bruins top Rangers 5-2 with all-out effort

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 20, 2013 at 2:23 am •  Published: May 20, 2013
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BOSTON (AP) — The Bruins know a huge deficit can disappear quickly. They overcame one to reach the second round of the playoffs.

So they weren't about to ease up when they had a big lead of their own on Sunday.

Boston went ahead by two goals in the first minute of the third period, added another 12 minutes later and beat the New York Rangers 5-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.

Just six days earlier, the Bruins became the first team to win a Game 7 after trailing by three goals in the third period. They started their comeback with less than 11 minutes left and extended their season with a 5-4 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Guys are really trying to stay focused on doing their job in the third period," Brad Marchand said. "We know how important they are, especially after what we went through being down by a few goals. We know that it's possible for any team to come back from any score."

Marchand made it 4-2 with just 26 seconds gone in the third period, Milan Lucic scored at 12:39 and the Bruins worked hard the rest of the way.

"We talked about it before we went out there in the third period, and we just had to make sure that we played to win," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "I don't like our team when we play on our heels and we're just trying to protect a one-goal lead. We've got to extend the lead and extend it even more before we even think about protecting it."

Game 3 is Tuesday night in New York.

The Rangers never led Sunday, although they tied the game quickly after each of the Bruins' first two goals.

The second period may have been New York's best of the series even though Johnny Boychuk's tie-breaking goal on a 40-foot shot at 12:08 of the period got past goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who was screened by several players.

"We played a really good second," New York's Dan Girardi said. "The first shift of the third killed us."

That's when Marchand made it 4-2 with a goal similar to the one that gave the Bruins a 3-2 overtime win in the opener.

Patrice Bergeron carried the puck in deep along the right side and passed across the crease to Marchand, who had beaten Girardi and tipped it in.

"I have to be ready to defend that pass there," Girardi said. "They didn't have much room, but, obviously, I have to be either on the strong side blocking that or on Marchand's stick. That really put us behind the eight-ball."

With a two-goal lead, the Bruins remained aggressive but still clogged the middle in front of goalie Tuukka Rask when the Rangers attacked.

"We felt really good going into the third, and to have that type of goal go in — it's just two-on-two — it hurts you," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "We couldn't generate anything, and then they're just going to fill the middle and they're just going to jam you."

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