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Video: PHT Extra — Can battered Bruins get past Rangers?

May 16, 2013, 7:43 AM EDT

With all due respect to Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, you won’t find too many people that will argue that the Bruins have the edge in netminding in their second-round series against the New York Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist is one of the best goaltenders in the game and on top of that he’s hot after shutting out the Washington Capitals in Games 6 and 7 of the first round. But how far can he carry the Rangers? For that matter, will the Rangers have to lean heavily on him in this series?

On the Boston Bruins’ side of things, they might play tonight (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) without defensemen Wade Redden, Dennis Seidenberg, and Andrew Ference. That’s a major hole for them to fill to say the least. Are those problems they will be able to overcome?

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  1. villi5ed - May 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    “For that matter, will the Rangers have to lean heavily on (Lundqvist) in this series?”

    Uh, does a bear drop deuces in the woods? The Rangers would have to lean heavily
    on Lundqvist if they were playing the Mighty Sisters of the Poor.

  2. c1md6 - May 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Lets go Rangers! Going to be a great series between two teams that play hard nosed hockey the way it should be played. which is rare considering how many teams now go for the flopping and acting approach.

  3. nhstateline - May 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    How could anyone say they couldn’t after the other night ? Of course they can. Is it less likely than it would have been otherwise ? Yes. Is Matt Bartkowski (the NHL ready player Calgary didn’t take as part of the Iginla trade and how does that look now for the B’s) able to play at this level ? Yes. He did fine against a Leaf team that has more speed and skill than do the Rangers. Krug is the real question mark, the AHL isn’t that different from the NHL but it is different so his handling of that is a real key. He’s small but he’s very fast and makes good decisions. The Rangers are a very tough opponent and the Bruins will have to be much better than they were against the Leafs to have a shot at winning the series.

  4. homelanddefense - May 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Im worried. For a team that relies on defense to be missing 3 guys on defense is pretty rough. Especially when one is from your top pairing.

  5. 8man - May 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Rangers playing well. Dispatched a good Caps team. Even completely healthy this is a tall order for the Bruins.

  6. nhstateline - May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    It is worrying on the other hand, this is why the Bruins stress organizational depth and having Providence play the same system they do. One guy goes down, the next one comes up.

    Krug was the guy they had called up in anticipation of trading Bartkowski so he’s obviously well regarded in the Bruins’ organization. Both of these young men are likely going to be on the team next year (I doubt they resign Ference or Redden unless they take really low ball offers) meaning that, at worst, they get some playoff experience that will serve them well down the road.

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