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Discuss: Bruins finish off Rangers in Game 5

May 25, 2013, 8:14 PM EST

The New York Rangers put up a decent fight, but the Boston Bruins made good on their second opportunity to finish off their second-round series by winning Game 5 by a score of 3-1. Let’s chat it out.

  • How frustrated do you think Henrik Lundqvist is right now, on a scale of 1-10? Does he just remind himself that he’s Henrik Lundqvist and then he feels a lot better?
  • Milan Lucic created several opportunities but Lundqvist stopped him. Could he be a big difference-maker against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals?
  • Torey Krug became the first rookie defenseman to score four goals in his first five playoff games. Is he for real? Can he at least keep his hot streak going for the rest of the postseason?
  • If David Krejci looks a little “slow” later on in the playoffs, this Getty Images catch should probably be the first thing people use to defend him:

source: Getty Images

  • Brad Richards was a healthy scratch for his second consecutive game. Should he have played tonight? Was it wise to scratch him in general?
  • Speaking of Rangers lineup moves that some question, would it have been better for John Tortorella to tab someone other than Roman Hamrlik? The aging veteran warmed the bench for most of Game 5.
  • Should Tortorella worry about his job security?
  • Do you classify this as a disappointing season for the Rangers or did people simply have expectations that were too high for this bunch?
  1. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 25, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    OUTCOACHED.

    • raiders757 - May 25, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      I’m a Ranger fan, and fully agree.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      What moves did Julien make to out coach Torts? Seems here that commenters use this rather loosely when a team eliminates another. Maybe the better team won.,Period! To me, out coaching happens during the course of the game when coaches match wits and one out wits the either, and that leads to a win. The mere fact of winning does not equate to out coaching.

  2. cheesesteak75 - May 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Not much offence for the Bruins to deal with in that series. Pittsburgh will bring a much better game! Should be fun to watch!

    • REDSKINSFORLIFE - May 25, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Isn’t offense spelled offense?

      • sabatimus - May 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Use a dictionary.

      • ronhextaller - May 25, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        Canadian spelling.

      • devilsarethebest - May 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        Who gives a crap?

      • hawkeedawg - May 26, 2013 at 2:46 AM

        Devils are the best…Chill man, there are quite a few different spellings of the same word from Canada and the USA. No country is right, just different.

      • dtownbeatdown - May 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Last I checked this is a hockey blog not a grammar blog.

    • nunan - May 25, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      There are some changes. Pitts goaltending isn’t nearly as good as the Rangers and their defenses aren’t that different as far as preventing goals against. Bs will have a less difficult time putting the puck in the net. But, like you said, Pitt has a MUCH better offense than the Rangers. If any team has a chance at limiting their chances, it’s the Bruins. Doesn’t mean it will happen but the Bruins are one of the few times who have the defensive players/system to make a stand. Incredibly good series coming up.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 25, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Yeah Boston SURE did solve Vokoun in the season series I must say. If you consider Jagr and rookie defensemen a change then your foolish.

      • nunan - May 25, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        You seem to think the regular season matters…if all this stuff from the past matters, then 2011 matters, too. Same team won the cup. Until you throw all that regular season crap out the window, there is really nothing to talk about.

    • pghsteelerfan - May 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      I believe that Pittsburgh will kick a$$ and take names, just as they have all season long. Go Pens!!!! It’s their year….

  3. nunan - May 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Soooooo many storylines – Jagr, Iginla trade, Cooke-Savard, Sid, etc. I’m sure some more will be created during this next series. Going to be a battle!

  4. Stiller43 - May 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Why do the boston fans throw stuff on the ice during the game?

    Seriously people?

    • drewzducks - May 25, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      Gotta agree. What’s with waving those yellow towels. What a terrible idea.

    • nunan - May 25, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      I’m disappointed that the Garden started handing out towels. That’s bush league, IMO. Save that for Florida and Phoenix.

    • sabatimus - May 25, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      I was annoyed when it happened during the game. PA announcers always say that doing so can result in a 2-minute delay of game penalty, but this never happens. I do hope however that you’re not implying that it’s only Boston fans who do this.

  5. drewsylvania - May 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Relieved. Now for a scary matchup with the Pens.

    Also, just me, or is Torts the king of bad body language, even when he’s winning?

    • patthehockeyfan - May 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      It’s not just you, drewsylvania. Torts is the king of bad body language. He’s also the king of bad language, period. The man can’t string three words together without the f-bomb being one of them. In his press conference about healthy-scratching Richards, he was downright embarrassing with his “crap” remarks and, most especially, the “kiss my a**” remark. I like the Rangers as a team; but, I wasn’t sorry to see them lose simply because of that foul-mouth Tortorella.

      The Pens – Bruins matchup should be a classic. I’m looking forward to it.

  6. billyhauntswizards - May 25, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    good series Bruins. My team sucked and was unprepared. Please beat Pittsbrugh.

    • sabatimus - May 25, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Man, we’re gonna need all the help we can get versus the Pens.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - May 25, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Pens in 6. Pens have won 6 straight and 8 of 9 vs. the Bruins. The trade for Jagr and your rookie defensemen won’t help you. The Big Goon Chara is worn down and tired. Also didn’t Dupuis put Chara on his ass in the first meeting this season? The last time these two teams played the Pens beat Boston without Crosby and Malkin. Enjoy the ride now Boston because Pittsburgh will shatter your dreams like we did in 1991 & 1992.

    • nunan - May 25, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Leave it to you to start throwing out regular season stats. Clearly this is a different team now..Bs also sucked against the Rangers all year, too..look how that turned out. Your Chara point is just made up BS to make yourself feel better. You single out Chara bc you KNOW he’s someone to worry about. If he wasn’t you wouldnt be thinking about him. Let them play at least one game before you start raising the cup in Pitt.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        Thanks I hope someone blows out Charas knee

      • alwaysgame7 - May 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Nice Pit, wish injury on an NHL player….

        Stay classy

      • bman7206 - May 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        Same fans that spit on people at Steeler games. Classy individuals…

      • hawkeedawg - May 26, 2013 at 2:51 AM

        Pit Penguin, you just lost all credibility wishing an injury on any player. No class whatsoever.

    • REDSKINSFORLIFE - May 25, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      We. Huh? What position did you play on those teams? What position do you play on this one?

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 25, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Cocky, cocky, cocky… I wouldn’t expect anything else from a Pens fan. Still two rounds to go but you guys are already (and have been since halfway thru the season) staking out your spots along the parade route. I’m not saying Boston will beat Pitt, but most fans need to realize that regular season records mean NOTHING in the playoffs. Pens and Bruins are polar opposites which should make for a great series. Pittsburgh has the clear advantage offensively. Boston, on the backend and in net. We will see if the Pens wide open style can work through the Bruins physical style. This is the matchup I wanted, and I’m sure others did as well. The Pens may very well win but show some respect for the opponent.

    • drewzducks - May 25, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Blow out Z’s knee? You do realize that your precious Sid is a sneeze away from becoming a vegetable, right?

    • drewsylvania - May 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Go back to trolling youtube.

  8. 8man - May 25, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Yay!

    The Bs didn’t blow it. — Relief.

    The Bs won the series. — Jubilation

    They have to play the Penguins. — Apprehension

    But here is my only question. Does Pittsburgh have anyone in the net as good as Lundqvist? That guy is a beast! Wifey was yelling at me the whole time, “How come our guy can’t do that?”

    • johninpa - May 25, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Do the Pens have anyone in net as good as Lundqvist? I don’t know, but stats from the NHL website, for the playoffs might give some insight.

      Lundqvist 2.14 GAA .934% SV%
      Vokoun 2.02 GAA .935% SV%

      Vokoun doesn’t look so bad.

      • tdrusher225 - May 25, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        Not buying it, too small of a sample size and not against good enough competition, offensively, in the Senators. Certainly a very solid goaltender, but nothing spectacular and nowhere even close to Lundqvist.

      • johninpa - May 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Small sample size. Can’t argue that, but it is the playoffs. Some want to talk regular season stats, some say you’ve got to throw that out, because it’s the playoffs. My point is, Vokoun looks good. You can talk GAA, SV% or wins and losses. Oh, and by the way, Vokoun is going to the conference finals. It’s the whole team that plays, and I’ll take the Pens.

  9. jaredo10 - May 25, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    good series Boston. well see you next season

  10. drewsylvania - May 25, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Lots of downthumbs. I see the Pens trolls have showed up.

  11. Stiller43 - May 25, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    He doesnt speak for pens fans. I hope chara is healthy and full strength when the pens beat boston (in 6?).

    Sabatimus, im not saying other teams dont do it, but bostons the only team ive seen do it multiple times in the playoffs so far. And i dont recall seeing other teams do it in the reg season.

    It sucks, but the only way to stop that crap is to give the home team a penalty. If its one towel, okay, maybe some opposing teams fan did it. When its 500? Yeah i think its obvious who’s stopping play. Too many people do it to prosecute, but lets see how willing they are to do it when theyre team gets screwed because of it

  12. joestemme - May 25, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Gotta give a major shout-out to Lundquist. Super goalie. Without him, not only is this a sweep – it’s a blowout.
    Of course, the Refs did their part, too with the extra Power Play opportunities for the sainted Rangers. Even on the very last significant play of the series – Campbell’s empty net goal – the announcers yelled out, “Campbell is hooked!”. But, the angelic Rangers didn’t get a penalty called – again.
    Hopefully, the finals in both conferences will be evenly called.

    • tdrusher225 - May 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      With how much the Pens rely on the power play I have a feeling, unfortunately, the refs are going to come into play.

  13. sjsharks66 - May 25, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Why would you be upset about towels? Are you kidding me? You must have never spun your towel with 17,000+ fans before. It is a great feeling.

  14. sportsfan69 - May 25, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Now that the playoffs are over the NY Rangers, can the organization move forward with a new head coach? John Tortorella’s dinosaur style and concepts of coaching has reached his maximum effectiveness. The more talented the team becomes, the chances of winning the Stanley Cup diminishes more and more each year.

    Tortorella must go, there’s to much young talent on the team with veteran leadership.

    • taintedlombardis - May 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      That team is devoid of talent outside the goal keeper. Refs carried them through the first series.

      • tfaltin - May 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Didn’t you say you had a daughter? How much time have you not spent with her outside of work to complain about the Rangers-Capitals officiating. Both teams are out, yours first, let it die.

  15. stratomaticfan - May 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Rangers lost because of lack of forecheck. They let the B’s consistently leave their zone, pass through the neutral zone and have easy access to the offensive zone. No pressure whatsoever. No pressure = very few turnovers = too much time in own zone = playoff losses.

    Expected more out of NY, but glad to have them in the rear view window. Go Bruins.

  16. cspsrbums - May 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    The Rangers did Okay,Considering they were the worst team to ever make the Playoffs. They had no business being in the playoffs in the first place lundvuest got them there by himself. To win one game in round 2 and that in Ot. Worst PP ever, out played in both series. They didn’t belong.

    • stakex - May 26, 2013 at 2:27 AM

      Nice try, but the Caps didn’t outplay the Rangers. They might have in a couple games, but the Rangers outplayed the Caps and shut Ovechkin down in all the games they won… including a very dominant perforamce in game seven. Not to mention the Rangers shut the Caps out in regulation three times, and held them to one regulation goal in another game… which is amazing. Outplayed? Hardly.

      Besides whats that say about the Caps then if the Rangers were the “worst team to ever make the playoffs”, and they lost to them? In fact one could argue the Caps only made the playoffs because they were able to beat up on the Southleast division all season… as where the Rangers had to play the much tougher Atlantic.

    • tfaltin - May 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      What is it about DC and not being able to get over defeats? Isn’t it time to focus on RGIII’s knee rehab?

      • tfaltin - May 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Also, Strasburg is pitching today, if all you have to do is complain about a Round 1 series, then I suggest you find some activities to move on to.

  17. johnstone17 - May 26, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Tip of the hat to the Bruins from a Rangers fan. Bigger, stronger,faster, better. Period, chapter, verse.

  18. stakex - May 26, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Rangers simply were not a sound team this year, and just never had the chemistry to be dangerous consistently. Perhaps it was their lineup changes from last year, the short season, or to a limited extent the coach. Either way they got their asses kicked this round.

    So now I wish Boston all the best, and hope the beat the hell out of the Pens like they did the Rangers.

  19. pastabelly - May 26, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I will never understand the hate out there for Chara (I get it for Marchand). He’s a class act on and, especially, off the ice. If he and Seidenberg can step up one more time, the Bruins have a good shot at getting back to the Finals.

  20. sportsfan69 - May 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    valoisjoeybfeld69,

    Is that you Herr Blomfeld? Where have you been? Argentina?

  21. cspsrbums - May 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Not a Bruins fan by any means, but Pitts Defense is horrible and there goalies are not Lundqvest, so I would say the Bruins have a pretty good shot of getting to the finals. Lets Hope

  22. joewilliesshnoz - May 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Pens in 5. Oh, the humanity.

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