Tonight the Bruins traveled to the ‘other garden’ in New York for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Despite getting off to a slow start and allowing the Rangers to get on the board first, the Bruins were able to rally in the third period for two unanswered goals to take the third game 2-1.
Jaromir Jagr started things off, placing himself in the penalty box within the first five minutes of the opening frame for hooking. Thankfully for the Bruins, the Rangers perform a power kill rather than a power play, resulting in their ninth man advantage in a row this series that they were unable to capitalize on. Unfortunately, that was the most interesting piece of the first twenty minutes as the beginning of game 3 looked eerily similar to that of game 1. Both teams to no surprise came out ready to play solid, defensive hockey and contain the key scorers.Perhaps the biggest play from Boston through the first twenty came from Chris Kelly and a surging Rich Peverley who tried to get one past Lundqvist using their speed, but came up short. Still, it was a welcomed play from an otherwise non-existent line through the nine postseason games thus far. Heading into the locker rooms the Rangers held a slight advantage in shots 11 to the Bruins 9, both teams still looking for a goal.
3:53 into the middle frame as Nathan Horton came out of the penalty box, Ryan McDonagh was able to place the Rangers on the board first for the first time in the entire series for a 1-0 Rangers lead. The goal injected energy into an otherwise silent crowd and put some extra pep in their steps as the clock ticked away the seconds. The goal was later changed to former Phoenix Coyote’ Taylor Pyatt as it appeared he got a piece of the re-direct past Rask, earning him his first goal of the playoffs. The Bruins finally began to pick up the pace in the final five minutes of the frame, Torey Krug getting the momentum going for the team as he created numerous opportunities each shift, using his speed to set things up, despite being a blueliner. He helped put the Rangers defense to the test, in turn making them look close to flawless. Through forty minutes of play the Bruins upped their scoring opportunities and contained the Rangers to a mere five shots on net, for a final tally of 23-16 in their favor. In order to stand a chance at earning a 3-0 series advantage, the Bruins needed to come out roaring for the third period and find a way to break through the brick wall that is Henrik Lundqvist.
Third period, the Boston blueliners did just that, Gregory Campbell got the puck from behind the net to Johnny Boychuk at the blue line where he unleashed a bomb that found its way behind Lundqvist to light the lamp and tie the game early on in the third period. Off of the face off Brad Marchand and Dorsett exchanged pleasantries, as they had been all night. Marchand had none of it and the Bruins sent out enforcer Shawn Thornton to send the message to Dorsett. While the refs wouldn’t let anything happen, the message was clear and understood. Minutes later Tyler Seguin attempted to break through the neutral zone only to get caught with a high stick from Steve Emminger with no call made. Immediately following, Eminger used his stick once again, this time going visor to visor with Bergeron, cuting above the right eye. By far, the third period had been the most enjoyable and entertaining through the opening five minutes than the previous two periods combined, at least for Boston fans as blood, sweat and goals occurred.
As the clock winded down to the final five minutes, Daniel Paille and his line helped the Bruins get on the board once again as he attempted a wrap around attempt and then was able to chip in the puck up over the pad of Lundqvist for the first lead of the game for Boston. With Paille’s second goal of the playoffs, the Bruins outscored the Rangers 5 to 1 in the third period. 2-1 would be the final score, providing the Bruins with a dominating 3-0 series advantage over the Rangers. However, we’ve all seen how the Bruins react when they have a dominant lead, so Thursday, it’s still anyone’s game. One thing is for sure, this is yet another game you are not going to want to miss. Face off is at 7:00PM on NBCSN, the Bruins looking for a series sweep.
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