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Video: PHT Extra – What’s been the difference in Bruins-Rangers series?

May 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

The Boston Bruins have taken a 2-0 series lead and have scored eight goals in the process. Has goaltender Henrik Lundqvist come up short or does the blame lie in those playing in front of him? On the flip side, what has been going right for the Bruins so far?

Meanwhile, San Jose is down by one game against Los Angeles, but that series has been incredibly close. Is there an underlining issue that the Kings need to address going forward?

Mike Halford and Jason Brough analyzed both series ahead of tonight’s action:

If you want more information on tonight’s contests, please click here.

  1. jcmeyer10 - May 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Bruins defense bringing the offense.

    Against the Leafs the Bruins scored 1 legit goal and 1 garbage goal in Games 5+6. This series Krug has 2 goals in 2 games and some assists. McQuaid has a goal this series after scoring one in 44 games in the regular season.

    That’s what I would boil it down to if I had to pick one reason.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Agreed! Plus Julien knows how to set a tight defensive system, which usually leads to chances. Not to say that Torts has not done that, but, as jcmeyer indicated, the Bs young d men have made a huge difference, whereas some of the Rangers go to guys are stalled.

  2. sjsharks66 - May 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    KRUG that kid is a beast!

  3. nunan - May 21, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Obviously, anything is possible, but tonight’s game is really the series. The Rangers are better than they’ve shown so far but if they lose, I don’t see them having the ability to come back, led by Torts, against the Bruins who have been in every type of playoff situation. Seidenberg is getting healthy, too. Not getting any easier for the Rangers. That said, I think they show up tonight. Toughest game of the series for the Bs.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Yep! All games are huge, but none as huge as the odd numbered games. 1, 3, 5, and 7 are always huge.

  4. 5roo - May 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    It has all been about getting pucks to the net via any kind of shot by defensemen and traffic in front of the net. Lundqvist is an excellent goalie and if he can see the puck he will usually make the save, but the Bruins have done a great job of getting big bodies in his way.

  5. pauljgoff - May 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Bruins defense (Big Z in particular) and not just by defensemen Lucic, Kreijc and of course Bergeron are back checking and forcing turnovers like mad men have been the difference in the first two games. Agreed this will be the toughest game of the series tonight but Bruins prevail and go on to win in 4. JMO

  6. bigbadbruins77 - May 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Tuukkaa is better!

  7. gmenfan1982 - May 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Games 1 and 2 have both been relatively evenly played games but the Bruins took over game 1 in OT and the 3rd period of game 2. Other than that I think you would have to say its been pretty tight play the rest of the way.

    • barkar942 - May 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Game 2 was won by Rask. The saves he was making on the Rangers, especially the toe save on Hagelin, won the game for them. The 4th goal in the opening minute of the third period was the knife in the back.
      Hopefully Girardi’s biorhythm is better for tonight’s game!

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