Battle of the Best Ends in Blackhawks Favor

Tonight the Bruins came out exactly how they wanted to with a vengeance, dominating every second of the first period. They controlled the play through the entire twenty minute time frame, being strong on the forecheck and back check and using their bodies in every way possible. Patrice Bergeron looked good despite some early speculation, but it would in fact be Jaromir Jagr who the team had to worry about as he tallied just four shifts for a total of 3:03 of ice time. In order to pressure the ‘Hawks and force game 7, they needed to continue bringing the offensive pressure and take as many shots as possible at the high slots to expose Crawford’s weaknesses.

Milan Lucic netted the go-ahead goal in the third period (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Milan Lucic netted the go-ahead goal in the third period (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

A sigh of relief washed over the fans of Boston as they scoped the bench to find that Jaromir Jagr was in fact still present, despite the hyphenated minutes of play. However, the ‘Hawks came prepared to fight back and while they remained shorthanded through the opening minutes, the Bruins momentum began to shift. The game-tying goal would come off of a Zdeno Chara mistake in the neutral zone that Jonathan Toews was able to take and excel towards Rask, easily beating him.  As the clock winded down the Bruins found themselves in the familiar rut of back and forth play that was their demise in games 4 and 5. With the period drawing to a close, the game remained deadlocked at a single goal and the physicality running as high as it could get.

“We came out excited, won that (1st) period, lost this one. We have to continue to play on our toes. Be aggressive.” –Torey Krug in an interview with 98.5 the Sports Hub during intermission

While the Blackhawks got the first shot on net just 20 seconds into the third frame, the Bruins remained calm and collected, praising their teammates and cheering them on. At the 12:11 mark Milan Lucic electrified the fans at the TD Garden as he netted the go-ahead goal. Corey Crawford got caught behind his net with the Bruins surging behind him, David Krejci winning possession and able to get the puck out in front. Crawford, expecting a quick release from Lucic or Horton, immediately dropped to his knees into the butterfly position. Unfortunately for him, Lucic waited the extra half-second and was able to bank the puck off of the goalie’s blocker and post for a 2-1 Boston lead.  With 1:24 remaining the crowd was on their feet and the ‘Hawks pulled Crawford for the extra attacker. As the clock hit 1:16 Bickell had managed to weasel his way into the crease to tie the game once more. What happened next is something that Bruins fans will question for days, possibly years to come. In a matter of 17 seconds Chicago burst with energy and managed to light the lamp one final time, sealing the fate of the 2013 season and eliminating the Bruins on their home territory.

While it’s easy as Boston fans to be upset, we can take pride in knowing that the Cup didn’t go to an undeserving team. The Chicago Blackhawks came into the abbreviated season ready to fight and claim the Stanley Cup from their insane winning run at the start of the season in January. They never let up all season  long and battled with everything that they had. In all honesty, the Cup couldn’t have gone to a more deserving team. As Chicago embarks on their summer vacation celebrating and rejoicing, the Bruins get to recoup after suffering from a barrage of injuries ranging from broken ribs and separated shoulders to a broken fibula. While the Blackhawks prepare to get over the inevitable ‘Cup hangover,’ the Bruins will be working out and planning for the season ahead. The only question that remains for the moment… is it October yet?


Bruins Battled Hard But Came Up Short

Dennis Seidenberg barrels into a Blackhawk. (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Dennis Seidenberg barrels into a Blackhawk. (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

The Bruins and Blackhawks came out of the locker rooms in the first period ready to play hard, physical hockey. The Bruins sported a new look tonight as they placed Carl Soderberg on a line with Rich Peverley in place of Kaspars Daugavins. Through the opening minutes, both teams traded opportunities back and forth, but as the period drew on, almost eighteen minutes in, the Blackhawks would get on the board first with Patrick Kane weaseling the puck in past Rask. The goal would be the only mark of the first frame, providing the Bruins to fight their way back on the score board for the next twenty.

To begin the second frame, the Bruins had the idea to slow things down and force the Blackhawks to play at their pace and their style of game. Unfortunately, Chicago had another plan in mind. One that included Patrick Kane scoring his second goal of the night to instill a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes of the second.  As the clock winded down, the emotions ran high with the Bruins playing a much more physical game and losing their focus on scoring. As the final five minutes approached on the clock, Adam McQuaid went to the box for cross-checking Andrew Shaw in the face. Despite giving the Hawks an even larger advantage as they put them on the power play, the Bruins were able to hold them to a single shot on net and kill off the penalty. The major concern for the third period, aside from evening the score and coming from behind, was the health of Patrice Bergeron. Through the middle frame the forward only took a total of two shifts, totaling :49 seconds. In order to come out strong and ready for a comeback in the third, the Bruins had to neutralize turnovers, tighten up defensively to shut down the Toews/Kane combination and take more shots on net to alienate the glove-side of Crawford.

Commencing the third period, Boston’s worst nightmare occurred as Patrice Bergeron did not make his way out of the locker room and onto the bench for the third period, leaving only seventeen skaters for the team. Despite being down one of the most (if not the most) important player on their team, the Bruins were prepared to play. The Bruins littered Crawford with shots and just under four minutes in Zdeno Chara blasted a shot that beat Crawford to cut the lead back to a single goal. Along with the Bruins beginning to control the play, they were also at a slight advantage or level playing field at best as Chicago’s best defensive forward Jonathan Toews failed to take a single shift in the third through the first five minutes. Despite both men being absent, they still managed to trade opportunities back and forth, bringing the game down to the wire. With 31.8 seconds remaining the Bruins used their time out to configure a game plan in the absence of Rask between the pipes. With 13.6 remaining, Bolland was able to get the puck deep enough for the empty net and seal game 5 up for Chicago 3-1.

The series now heads back to Boston with the Blackhawks with the golden opportunity to close out the Bruins at their home arena. The next game is Monday night at 8:00pm ET and we promise as soon as an update regarding Bergeron is presented, we will have it here. Until then, cheers to Bergeron and hoping everything is alright!


Jagr: The Right Move

Jaromir Jagr skates during a Bruins practice during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.

Jaromir Jagr skates during a Bruins practice during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.

During the Eastern Conference Finals the question was who was the better pick up at the trade deadline; Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins, or the Jaromir Jagr to the Boston Bruins. And though it seemed that the Penguins fared better with Iginla who had 4 goals and 8 assists going into the series, Jagr has proved to be a great fit in Boston. He has 10 assists in the playoffs and though he hasn’t netted any goals, the future hall-of-famer has proven through his play that he fits well with the team he’s on as he continues to play well through the Stanley Cup Finals, something Iginla isn’t doing with the Penguins.

But as we all know Boston fans aren’t too keen on big name players not producing on any team. So, even though he’s getting the assists and putting in a lot of work, people now comment on some of his abilities, like his lightning fast speed (cough, cough) and some of his decision making. Some even comment on his lack of physicality. So, the new question in some fans’ minds is, was Jagr worth it? The answer is simple, yes, but the explanation takes a little more time. 

Having a guy like Jaromir Jagr, an NHL legend, in the locker room is a real treat for a lot of the young guys on the team. David Krejci gets the opportunity to play with his childhood idol and fellow countryman, who sings high praises of the Hulk Line formed by Krejci, Nathan Horton, and Milan Lucic. It’s a type of verteranship that really helps young players get a hold of their game as well as give them some confidence. When Jaromir Jagr tells you you’re doing things right, you’re doing things right.
Not only does his words of encouragement and wisdom give the guys more confidence, his work ethic is something everyone can learn from. Jagr is on the ice every night, on nights off or after games, with a weighted vest and a weight on his stick. He’s always working to improve his game. Even at his age he realizes that things can always be perfected. And that’s something that guys really can feed off of.

Let’s go back the good ol’ days for the 41 year old winger. Jagr came into the league in 1990-1991 and scored 27 goals and got 30 assists through 80 regular season games as the 5th overall pick in the draft. In the playoffs he scored 3 goals and got 10 assists that same year. Since then he’s had 8 seasons in the NHL with 30+ goals, three seasons with 40+ goals, two seasons with 50+ goals, and one season where he scored 62 goals and got 87 assists along with them. This makes his career totals pretty impressive. He’s played in 1,391 regular season games, netting 681 goals and 1,007 assists. He’s played in 199 playoff games, getting 78 goals an 119 assists. Pretty impressive if you asked me.

Jagr and Bergeron celebrate one of the three goals they have shared during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jagr and Bergeron celebrate one of the three goals they have shared during the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jagr is currently playing on the second line with center Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on left wing.  He started on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverly, but the second line needed some offensive help and Julien thought Jagr could be the answer. Since then Bergeron and Jagr have meshed extremely well, as Jagr has a hand in the last three goals scored by number 37 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Through his ability to maintain puck control in the offensive zone, he allows his linemates to elevate their game, as well as the entire Bruins powerplay. Jagr’s ability to see the ice and create offensive chances has become a huge help on the man advantage, something the Bruins haven’t been able to get going in a very long time. The powerplay still isn’t incredible, but they manged to score 2 PP goals in last night’s Game Four. Along with his vision of the ice, he also has some of the best hands in the NHL and is constantly showing his ability through perfectly placed passes for teammates to pick up for scoring chances.

In an interview after one of the Stanley Cup Finals games, reporters asked Jagr how he felt about his scoring drought. He came back with the fact that he’s scored plenty of goals in his career and he’s just happy to contribute in any way he can. He’s just happy to be a part of this team. And it shows. Jagr’s game has never been one of speed or physicality. He plays a flashy and finesse game with quick, soft hands and a scoring touch to match. However, since he’s been in Boston, you can really see how he’s managed to transform his game to do the little things Claude Julien expects from everyone. Of course he still tries to let his 20 year old self shine through, but it’s not about him scoring goals, it’s about the team winning games and being the number one priority. He goes in the corners to battle for pucks. He’ll take a hit to make a play and he’ll get in the middle of an argument to be there for his teammates without batting an eyelash. And that’s what being a Boston Bruin is all about.

So no,  Jagr may not be the fastest guy for the Bruins or the one scoring all the goals, but he’s in Boston now and he’s proven that he’ll be a Bruin until the end, (of the 2013 season anyways) win or lose. Jaromir Jagr was the right move for the Boston Bruins and still has a lot to give and I couldn’t be happier as a Bruins fan to see him finally wear the right black and gold.

(But really Jagr, can I have a salute in a Bruins uniform, pretty please?)

Netminding Decides Game 4, Results in a Tied Series

All you can do is worry about yourself and your own preparation. All we can do is control what we can control and that’s us.“-Andrew Ference pre-game

That was the mentality of Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference prior to the start of Game 4 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately, the Bruins played catch-up the entire game and ended up at the short-end of the stick as Chciago got the final go-ahead goal in overtime for a 6-5 final and 2-2 series tie.

Patrice Bergeron and J. Toews take the face off (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Patrice Bergeron and J. Toews take the face off (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

The first period of Game 4 proved to be a mirrored image of Game 2 for Boston in the sense that the Chicago Blackhawks came out with fire under their skates as they contained the Bruins to no shots on goal through the first 7 minutes of the frame. As Johnny Oduya found himself in the ox for an interference call on Tyler Seguin, the Bruins attempted to get the momentum swinging in their favor. As Seguin battled along the boards for the puck Brandon Saad got the upper hand and raced towards Rask. As he neared closer he handed the puck off to Michael Handzus who placed the puck perfectly behind Rask for a 1-0 Chicago lead. The goal comes as Chicago’s first shorthanded goal of the series against the Bruins. Immediately following the goal from the ‘Hawks, Torey Krug wound up and blasted a shot at Crawford that careened off of a defenseman’s skate and Krejci was unable to bank the rebound in. The shot came as one of the best opportunities of the opening frame from Boston.

In the final half of the period, the Bruins found themselves on the powerplay once again, this time ready to generate the offense. Torey Krug managed to post three shots on net, one ringing off the post sparking enough energy into Boston to get the ball rolling. As the puck dropped for the next face off, the ‘Hawks attempted to clear the puck out, but Andrew Ference kept the puck in and managed to get it across ice to Rich Peverley. Peverley threw the puck out in front and froze Corey Crawford, beating him glove side before he knew what happened, tying the game at 1. The goal was exactly what Boston needed to wake up as the energy level rose and they littered Crawford with shots. The first frame ended with a score deadlocked at 1 and the shots in favor of Chicago 12-9.

To start the second period the Bruins came out roaring on the power play with Dennis Seidenberg and Torey Krug holding the blue line and keeping the shots on Crawford. Unfortunately, Crawford was prepared and kept his team in it, standing tall between the pipes. At the 6:33 mark of the second period Rozsival blasted a shot from outside the left circle that was re-directed by a low Toews to put the Blackhawks up 2-1 over Boston, providing them to play catch up once again. Wiping out his scoreless streak of the series along with captain Jonathan Toews was Patrick Kane as he was able to bank the second chance opportunity at 8:41 for a 3-1 Chicago lead.

As the clock neared the 5:00 mark, the Bruins played on, Zdeno Chara blasted a shot at Crawford and much like Toews goal, Milan Lucic was camped out in front for the second chance opportunity to cut the ‘Hawks lead to 1.  Unfortunately, the Bruins got caught celebrating a little too long and Kruger becomes the nightmare on Causeway as he was able to stay with the puck after Chara and Rask went sprawling and put it in the back of the net, reinstating the 2-goal lead. Goals came at 14:43 and 15:30 respectively. As Patrick Kane found himself in the box, the Bruins power play went to work once more. Zdeno Chara, once again, blasted a shot and it went off of the back boards and over the net. As it came down out in front of Crawford Patrice Bergeron got a piece of it and put it past the netminder, cutting the lead once more. For the final forty-five seconds the Bruins hammered Crawford with shots, the best chance coming from Chris Kelly who missed the net by no more than three inches on a rebound attempt sounding the goal horn as well. Through forty, the ‘Hawks were up 4-3 and leading the shot clock 25-19.

Bruins kept up the momentum like they needed to to begin the third period and as Jaromir Jagr and Patrice Bergeron worked the corners and won battles, good things came for the Bruins. As Jagr peeled back to get the puck to Bergeron, he released a quick shot and sniped the puck past Crawford to tie the game at 4 at the 2:05 marker of the third. Chicago dominated the play for the next seven minutes or so until Jonathan Toews found himself in the box for high-sticking on Nathan Horton. Unfortunately the power play didn’t last very long as Jaromir Jagr had his stick lifted and caught Duncan Keith in the mouth making it four-on-four hockey. Following that, Krejci found himself in the box for holding after a Lucic turnover allowing Kane an opportunity. As the ‘Hawks found themselves on an abbreviated 5-on-3, it was only a matter of when they would capitalize. The go-ahead came from Patrick Sharp putting the Blackhawks up by one once again. In continuance of the first two frames, the lead didn’t last long as Johnny Boychuk blasted a one-timer and beat Crawford tying the game at 5 at the 12:14 mark, less than a minute after the ‘Hawks goal. Despite some late surging from both sides, the game remained tied at five and required additional minutes.

A quick pace started off the overtime period as each team traded opportunities back and forth. Unfortunately, the ‘Hawks had the right opportunity at the right time as Brent Seabrook unleashed a bomb from the high point and tied the series 2-2.  Next game will be Saturday at 8:00pm ET in Chicago at the United Center.


Boston Bruins Take Series Lead with Shutout Victory

Tuukka Rask (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Tuukka Rask (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Tonight the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals took place in Boston as the Bruins hosted the Blackhawks for the first time on home ice. Despite a late surge by Chicago, and by late I mean the last two minutes, the Bruins held strong and Tuukka earned his third postseason shutout to put Boston up 2-1 in the series.

After a seemingly lifeless start for the Boston Bruins in game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final it was a welcomed surprise to see them come out of the locker room with confidence. They found themselves on the short-end of the stick when it came to man-advantages as both Kaspars Daugavins and Shawn Thornton found themselves in the penalty box. Despite being a man down on two different occasions the Bruins held their offensive pressure and contained Chicago to no shots on goal. Through twenty minutes the Bruins and ‘Hawks were deadlocked at zero and Boston holding a slight 11-10 advantage in shots.

Second period began with Boston excitement as Tyler Seguin blasted a shot on Corey Crawford that went off of his glove. Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille kept the pressure on and won the battles in the corners and were able to get an open shot on Crawford that provided Paille with his second goal in as many games.  Jaromir Jagr, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron teamed up for one of the best shifts of the period as they began with a two-on-one opportunity and kept the pressure on Chicago for a good 40-45 seconds straight before Crawford was able to stop the play. As the Bruins found themselves on a 5-on-3 opportunity for 11 seconds, they worked the advantage. Just as the first penalty expired Zdeno Chara was able to send the puck down low to Jaromir Jagr who quickly passed the puck across in front to Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron settled it down and was able to bank the puck in off the post for a 2-0 Boston lead at 14:05. A lead that would last into the final frame.

The Bruins continued to build off of their momentum they set forth in the first and second periods and kept the strong offensive power going. The most excitement from the frame came in the remaining sixty seconds as Chicago pulled Crawford and gained the extra attacker. As Brian Bickell came off the bench he unleashed a bomb on Rask that hit the far post and came out the other end behind Rask. As Bickell came in the crease he gave Chara a little shove to which Chara retaliated with a cross-check and that’s all she wrote. The two were in a jousting match that led to Brad Marchand and Andrew Shaw landing a few punches on each other as well. With 11.9 seconds remaining the Blackhawks showed the most sign of life they had all game, but it was too little too late as the Bruins skated away with a 2-0 shutout victory to claim their first lead in the series.

The next game is Wednesday night with a faceoff time set for 8:00pm ET.


Changes Contributed to Comeback Win, Bruins Take Game 2

Tonight marked game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final series and the Bruins looking to bounce back from a triple overtime loss to Chicago on Wednesday night. Things started off slow, but towards the end of the second the Bruins seemed to have worked the kinks out and were playing hockey like we all know they are capable of. In added minutes, 13:48 to be exact, a new line change would be the deciding factor for the Bruins as they soared to new heights and won the game 2-1.

Daniel Paille scored the game-winning goal for the Bruins tonight. (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Daniel Paille scored the game-winning goal for the Bruins tonight. (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Coming as a surprise to some, Nathan Horton was in the starting line up tonight, despite leaving Wednesday’s game early with an apparent shoulder injury. Why? Because he’s a hockey player and because it’s the Cup. Game 2 began at a slow pace with no line changes for the Bruins as Torey Krug also remained in the line up proving that some mistakes are just that and that everybody makes them. The ‘Hawks dominated the play early on and after a handful of shots after a penalty on the Bruins expired, Chelsea Dagger ran through the arena as they managed to find a way to beat Rask for a 1-0 lead at 11:22 thanks to Patrick Sharp. Even after the goal was scored the Bruins had a hard time clearing the zone once again with a neutral zone turnover from, Torey Krug the Blackhawks had a wrap-around scoring opportunity from Jonathan Toews. Upon revision, it was deemed no goal thanks to quick action from Tuukka Rask and play resumed with Chicago leading shots 15-3 halfway through the first. Despite a late push from Boston, the Blackhawks went into the dressing rooms up 1-0 over the Bruins.

The second period brought even more turnovers and a lot of rushing from the Boston side of things. They needed to calm things down and revert back to smart and simple hockey. As the clock winded down the Bruins began to pinch and needed a surge. As the clock hit the final five minutes of the frame, Daniel Paille was able to get the puck from behind the net and get it in front to Chris Kelly who snapped it quick and tied the game at a goal a piece igniting energy on the Bruins bench. Go-ahead goal opportunity came in the final minute of the play with a rushing Brad Marchand that got taken down and the puck went off of the post and across the goal mouth. Through forty minutes, the Blackhawks still held the advantage on the shot clock with a 23-12 edge, but the score was tied at 1.

The third period brought back a familiar friend among Bruins fans as they came out with energy and finesse as Jaromir Jagr set up Brad Marchand for one of the best plays, if not the best) of the night as he shot a cross-ice pass out in front that Crawford somehow managed to stop. To be expected there was a lot of back and forth play through the final frame, thus resulting in yet another overtime period to try and decide a victor.

In the opening minutes Jaromir Jagr (having seemingly his best game all postseason) rang the puck off the post and out of play, letting out a frustrated yell.  As the period carried on, the Bruins threw continuous shots on net hitting the cross bar, the sides and fanning on a couple of shots. The ‘Hawks had a couple of opportunities, but Rask stood tall and kept the Bruins in it. Around the 11:00 mark Tyler Seguin and company tried to bank in a rebound but Crawford, in Rask-like fashion, stood tall and kept his team in the game. Shortly after that, Brad Marchand went face-to-face with Crawford and unleashed a rising shot that deflected off of Duncan Keith and went out of play keeping the game tied with 7:38 on the clock. As the Bruins kept the pressure on, the game-changer would come from a new line formed by Claude. As Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille took the ice together, Seguin shot a pass across from left to right and Paille ripped a shot past the stick-side of Corey Crawford for the game-winning goal. The series now stands tied at 1 game a piece as the two teams head back to Boston for game 3 on Monday night.


Rangers Stay Alive Forcing Game 5

Once again the Boston Bruins skated out onto the ice at Madison Square Garden with one common focus that rang down the bench. They needed to win. The Bruins went into tonight forgetting about the previous three games and about the miraculous game 7 comeback they had, looking at tonight’s fresh sheet of ice as a clean slate, a fresh start. Unfortunately, the new outlook worked in favor of the Rangers as they kept themselves alive winning 4-3 in overtime.

Tyler Seguin scored and Jaromir Jagr still struggles to find his niche in the playoffs. (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Tyler Seguin scored and Jaromir Jagr still struggles to find his niche in the playoffs. (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Through the first twenty minutes both teams came out prepared to bring their best foot forward. Both brought a strong physical presence and their best defensive game yet, keeping the score deadlocked at 0 through the periods’ duration.  The Bruins came out strong, disallowing the Rangers to get a shot on net until almost seven minutes into the frame, but were unable to light the lamp on any of their 12 chances.

Right off the back the Bruins found themselves on a power play as Kris Newbury went to the box for goaltender interference. With a little help from Brad Marchand and David Krejci, Nathan Horton was able to blast a wrist shot towards Henrik Lundqvist that found its’ way over the line and into the back of the net for a 1-0 Bruins lead early on in the middle frame. Just three minutes later Torey Krug blasted a one-timers from just inside the blue line that had eyes for the red light as it sailed high over the shoulder of Lundqvist for a quick 2-0 lead. To no surprise (okay a little), the Rangers didn’t back down as they netted a goal of their own just under a minute later to cut the lead to a single goal.  The goal came as somewhat of a fluke as Tuukka Rask went to move from side-to-side and his skate caught a rivet in the ice, causing him to be out of position. The two teams continued to battle it out for the remainder of the period, the Bruins littering Lundqvist with shots as the buzzer sounded. Despite holding a one-goal lead the Bruins had a lot of preserving and pushing to do if they planned on being the first team to advance to the Conference Finals.

As the puck hit the ice to commence the third period, the Rangers fought back. At the 1:15 mark Derek Stepan showed up Zdeno Chara, sneaking in behind him as he tried to wrap the puck around to clear it, Stepan being able to get his stick on it and beat Rask easily to tie the game. The goal seemed to put some extra pizzazz in the fans at MSG, but gave the Bruins the extra shove they needed to kick it into high(er) gear. As Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton began to cycle the puck around in the offensive end, the momentum began to swing. Hamilton got the puck across the front of the net to Seguin where he snapped an initial shot on Henrik and then banked in his own rebound pounding his fist in glory on the glass in celebration. His goal came at the 8:06 mark and snapped a scoreless postseason drought for the young superstar.  Unfortunately, the Bruins lead was short-lived once again as Brian Boyle snapped a scoreless Rangers’ power play with Tyler Seguin serving a ‘too many men’ penalty for the team. The score would remain tied at 3, forcing an additional overtime period. Tuukka Rask needed to up his game if the Bruins stood a chance at owning the game and series.

With overtime underway for the second time of the series, the Rangers came out prepared, littering Tuukka with shots from the get-go. Fortunately he was able to keep his stick and body on the puck and keep the game tied early on. As the clock winded down, the Bruins and Rangers exchanged shots, the Bruins having a nice cycling play, but Chris Kreider would be the man of the night as he raced up ice with Rick Nash and beat Rask with ease, forcing game 5 and keeping his team alive.

As the Bruins head back home to Boston, they need to regroup and refocus, treating Saturday’s game as if it were for the Stanley Cup. They need to come out strong, battle hard and leave everything they have out on the ice. Tyler Seguin made some game-changing efforts tonight, now it’s time for Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly to step up and make themselves known. With the three of them able to produce paired with Marchand finding the back of the net, Jagr being less puck possessive and the defense staying as dominant with Rask at the core, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to skate away with game 5 in the bag. Faceoff is at 5:30PM and will be aired on NBC Sports Network.