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Discuss: Bruins win in OT again, take 1-0 series lead

May 16, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins dominated most of Game 1’s OT period, which is often an oddly bad omen in many playoff games. Instead, it was a sign of good things to come, as Brad Marchand scored the 3-2 winner to give the Bruins a 1-0 series lead on Thursday.

Let’s discuss the game.

  • Marchand finally scored his first goal of this postseason, which was set up by Patrice Bergeron. David Krejci also looked dangerous in the game, collecting his 14th point of the playoffs. How underrated are those three Bruins forwards?
  • Henrik Lundqvist was amazing, especially during a dangerous OT power play for Boston. He’s put up outstanding numbers in this year’s playoffs yet his record is 4-4. Will he be able to hold up over the long-term if New York continues to fall short in the “goal support” category?
  • The Bruins fired 48 shots on goal to the Rangers’ 35 and hit a few posts as well. Do those numbers point toward Boston being a substantially better team or is it too early to tell?
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  • The Rangers bounced back from a 2-0 deficit to win their first-round series against the Washington Capitals. Can they manage that feat if they fall short in Game 2? Who do you expect to win that contest?
  • Speaking of that contest, it takes place on Sunday. Which team benefits more from the extra day of rest (if any benefits more, that is)?
  • Torey Krug scored a goal in his playoff debut. How do you feel about the rookie blueliner?
  • How would you compare Tuukka Rask to Lundqvist? Is he an “elite” goalie or would you say that he’s maybe a “rung” lower?
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  1. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Posts

    That is all

  2. nunan - May 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Dominated that OT.

    • mp1131211 - May 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      now THAT is “pure power and domination.” I’ll give you that

  3. tortshaswarts - May 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Lundqvist didn’t have his strongest game during regualtion, but he kept them in OT for a little. Hopefully they can take game 2. Lets Go Rangers

  4. ryanw822 - May 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    4 combined posts/bars in the final minutes of the 3rd + OT….usually that ends up with the other team scoring the game winner. Not tonight!

    Go B’s

  5. ryanw822 - May 16, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    And Lundqvist did give up 2 “soft” goals by his standards but that is going to happen if the Rangers let the Bruins just fire pucks at him all night.

    You can only try to win 2-1 for so long before the pucks dont bounce your way.

  6. crusty14 - May 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Bruins fan… Great game , great outcome! Lundquist is a good goalie, it’s gonna be tough, but you gotta keep gettings pucks through. Rangers shot blocking is annoying! But good on them, that’s pretty impressive.

    Bruins rookies on d did a fantastic job, just worried how long that lasts? Either way, good future for the bruins d

  7. govtminion - May 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    I’m a Bruins fan, so obviously I’m hoping they win the series, but… how lucky are we all, as hockey fans, to get to watch what will likely be seven games of hockey as close-fought and exciting as this game was? This is a fun series, looking forward to seeing who comes out fired up for Game 2.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 17, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      I agree, this series could go the distance. These are two very similar, defensive style clubs. I’d say the Rangers have a slight advantage in goal, while the Bruins have a clear advantage in offensive firepower. It’ll be interesting to see if the Bruins just keep rolling off the momentum from two straight OT wins or if the Rangers come out flying in game two.

  8. nunan - May 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    I enjoyed the game but I thought it was lacking some punch…maybe Torts’ postgame will add some fire.

    • tfaltin - May 17, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      It’ll build throughout the series. Both teams just game of game 7’s. It’s hard to jump into game 1 of the next series with the same intensity.

  9. crusty14 - May 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    You’re right there Ryan, those were sorta soft goals by lundquist standards, but as you said, you keep firing pucks and sooner or later a rebound is there for the open net

  10. bigt12789 - May 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Solid win for the B’s, especially without half our blue line. Krug stepped up big time and didn’t look nervous at all. So glad to see Marchand score finally, he had more of an impact in this game than he did for the entire Toronto series. If tonight is any indicator this is gonna be a hell of a series.

  11. tdrusher225 - May 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Lundqvist did not look all that impressive, along with the rest of his team. Suprisingly impressive play from rookie d-men on B’s. Adjustments are going to be interesting to watch in this series and should get better as we goes along!

  12. rgotoguy - May 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Rask is an amazing goaltender but I believe he needs another great season to establish himself as a true “elite” tender in this league.

  13. vipod4ever - May 16, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    3 rookie defencemen and they all hold their own….a testament to the work in Providence.

  14. nunan - May 16, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Krug is exciting. He has some offensive flair…

    • sabatimus - May 16, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      He shoulda got called for boarding earlier, but, as a B’s fan….:D

  15. multiplemiggs - May 16, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Rangers suck

    • tfaltin - May 17, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      C’mon man.

  16. eaglesbest - May 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I think the posts made more saves then lundqvist tonight

  17. pastabelly - May 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Reimer played better against the Bs.

  18. anthonykornheiser - May 17, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Pasta, are we going to have to hear your annoying ginzo mouth the entire series? or only in games the Bruins win. Get a grip.

    • pastabelly - May 17, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      anthonykornheiser – May 17, 2013 at 1:27 AM
      Pasta, are we going to have to hear your annoying ginzo mouth the entire series? or only in games the Bruins win. Get a grip.
      ====================================================================
      Your goalie gave up some soft goals and benefited from some posts. Got it? If you are not going to be honest about your team, go to a Rangers fanboy site. I have been all over Seguin and Marchand during the playoffs and how the Bruins were outhit and outskated against the Leafs. Jagr has been nothing special either.

      • tfaltin - May 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        Reimer couldn’t hold a rebound all series. You want people to be objective, then look in the mirror. The rest of the saves Hank made may not have looked flashy, but that’s because of his A+ positioning.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Or maybe it was the 30 or so shots his team blocked in front of him. The shots that did get through to Henry were pretty low percentage shots except for the clean shot Krug had and beat Henry like drum.

      Which is what the Rangers always do under Torts. They build a five man barricade that forces the opposition to take a ton of low percentage shots from the blue line and awkward angles. It inflates the bejesus out of Henry’s numbers.

      Henry also isn’t the greatest rebound control goalie in history … just sayin’.

      He’s isn’t dubbed the “Rebound King” by the local critics for nothing.

      • bruins18 - May 17, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Low percentage shots dude? Lol your too funny… That might be what there strategy was but the bruins were throwing bombs on net all game smh and the bruins power play finally woke up…. If the rangers don’t wake up this could be a long series for them

  19. 8man - May 17, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    I was worried that late, late goal in the first would prove to be haunting. Seguin’s attempt to clear was just lame. And that kid still can’t buy a point. I wonder what you get if you let him sit a game and play Soderberg.

    And I don’t think the Bs are substantially better yet. None of us truly know what they are. Nevertheless, over the last eight games, they seemed to have developed a sort of resilience. Something necessary to move forward in these grueling playoffs. And I was impressed with the outcome of playing the young defensemen. Anytime you can inject youth, vigor and talent into a playoff run, its a good thing.

    Go Bs!

  20. ironyisadeadscene - May 17, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    I’m not impressed with Jagr so far in the playoffs. He seems to hold on to the puck too long, trying to create a shot….only ends up losing it or making a bad pass. He doesn’t hit anyone.

    I say put Seguin back on the Bergy-Marchand line and let him work his issues out (its not like Jagr is doing anything on that line). Bring back Soderberg and see what he can inject. At least he hits people.

    • pastabelly - May 17, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      Agree on Jagr. They made a desperate move in picking up after failing to pick up Iginla. Seguin many not play in as many zones of ice as Bergeron, but plays more of the ice than Jagr does. Soderberg is a question mark though. That third line needs an overhaul after the season. The Kelly contract was a mistake and Peverly has been brutal. They should just look to unload those contracts and keep Horton.

      • ironyisadeadscene - May 17, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        Agreed. Peverly at least can influence a game with his speed but the rest is a wash. When your fourth line is playing leaps and bounds better than your third (and arguably your second line), something needs to be done. Soderberg is a question mark but i’d like that question answered. It’s early in the series and we’re up one. It’d be nice to know what depth we have at forward should we have a situation like that of the defense (injuries).

      • nunan - May 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Peverley and Kelly are good together. It is the fact that they dont have any consistent winger paired with them that hurts them. They have been dealing with a different winger every week this season…Bourque, Soderberg, Jagr, Seguin, Paille, Daugavins, etc. I don’t think those guys need to prove anything. Kelly’s play goes unnoticed because he is a shutdown center..that’s really his role. I’m confident when he’s out there bc the other team probably won’t score. Peverley was flying around last night. He drew 3 out of the 4 Ranger penalties and two of those were simply because he was hustling is butt off. That PP he caused in the OT was huge..they dominated and grabbed all the momentum. Jagr is only effective when they get the possession in the offensive zone. If he spends any time playing D, he’s spent and needs to get off the ice. He won’t be back next year, obviously. Just a fill in but he produces some decent chances. Maybe we see Soderberg at some point, in place of Jagr. He is a possession type player as well but is strong on D.

    • homelanddefense - May 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Ive been trying to figure out what Jagr is doing for about 5 games now. Seems like his goal is to hold the puck as long as possible, a frame against the boards, and show how long he can control the puck. Doesnt seem like he is looking to pass or shoot. Its odd

      • mafiakelli - May 17, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        What he is doing is what they are taught in Philly….he needs to remember he isn’t in Philly anymore!

  21. tlndma - May 17, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    The extra day off will certainly help Chara, who’s playing monster minutes.
    Ranger’s second goal Rask would usually stop. He played great in the Leafs series, timely saves every game.
    As this game went along the compete level rose on both sides. I expect that to continue game to game.
    Tortorella gives us a reason to watch the post game shows. What a tool.

  22. tokyobuzzsaw - May 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Great win by the Bruins and great composure from the young back line. If they are going to win this series though they are going to need Seidenberg back. This is a heavy Rangers team and the longer this series goes on the more these young guys are going to get grinded down by the big forwards of the Rangers, especially their thrid line. It’s only a matter of time before one or two of those young D-Men get hesitent and commit aweful turnovers. We’ve seen it far too many times in the regular season from Hamilton and we can’t afford it going against a goaltender like Lundqvist. If Seidenberg can get healthy and use this downtime to get fresh, that would be a big addition later on in the series when both teams start to lose some steam. A fresh, healthy Seidenberg can be a dominate force, like he was in 2011.

    I think Jagr is toast. He is way too slow and is aweful in his own end. Most of the sustained possessions by the Rangers occured when Jagr was on the ice. He holds onto the puck way too long and too many times he is put on his arse and turns the puck over. Not to mention he is sloppy on his line changes and gets back to the bench far too slow which gives the Rangers a better chance to gain momentum through the neutral zone. I think the B’s need to insert Daugavins or Soderberg onto that thrid line. I think Daugavins might be a better fit at this point because he is more disiplined in his own zone and is better along the boards. Once Soderberg gets more time in the B’s system I think he is going to be a very solid third line center (Kelly has to go), but for right now I would insert Daugavins. At the least he is going to give the lineup more speed, better forechecking and a heavier presence against the Rangers as Jagr no longer hits anybody (not that he ever did).

    One more thing, Chara is an absolute beast! This guy is putting the defense on his back and carrying them. Who logs 38 min’s a night in playoff hockey and yet still find the energy to create a turnover that led to the winning goal.

    GO B’s!!!!

  23. tfaltin - May 17, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    I think this is what everyone expected from this series. Lots of hitting, few quality scoring chances. Bruins held serve on game one. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rangers come out with a bit more effort and get game 2.

  24. themightyquinn1 - May 17, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    If the B’s continue to hit the post from here on out, we can only hope that the Pipe Gods will smile on them because hitting the post inside its azimuth will likely score a goal. By the way, does anyone remember the classic B’s radio announcer call on a shot that “hit the ^%^&ing post” (Cusack?).

  25. greenmtnboy31 - May 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    The phantom penalties and ensuing make-up calls are killing what used to be a pretty decent game. I know I’m getting sick of it and it makes it all the easier to just turn the channel.

  26. cokely - May 17, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    “How would you compare Tuukka Rask to Lundqvist? Is he an “elite” goalie or would you say that he’s maybe a “rung” lower?”

    As a B’s fan I’m not even going to attempt to put Tuukka on Lundqvist’s level. Henrik is a freaking beast between the pipes and he’s been killing the Bruins for years. He didn’t have his best game last night, but his team had the energy level of a turtle on Xanax and he still gave his team a chance to win. Tuukka is a legit #1 goalie who is budding into a potential top 5, but he isn’t there yet, but he’s making a name for himself in these playoffs. The guy is rarely out of position and makes difficult saves look easy because he’s so disciplined with being a purely technical butterfly goalie. When he’s on his game, he can make it look like a cake walk.

    When comparing goalies in a playoff series, I like to imagine if they swapped teams. If you put Lundqvist on the Bruins and he had Chara/Sidenberg in front of him for 30-35 minutes per night in the playoffs, would his GAA eclipse 1.25?

  27. theblakfox - May 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Holy Crap, Boston and New York fans actually respecting each other and enjoying the competition! Awesome.

    • sabatimus - May 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Better make that “Rangers and Bruins” fans…no way would Sox and Yankees fans be engaging in a civil conversation.

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