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Rangers can take lesson from last year’s Bruins

Jun 5, 2014, 1:04 AM EDT

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LOS ANGELES — If the Rangers want to successfully rebound from blowing a 2-0 lead in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, they should look at a familiar Eastern Conference foe — the Boston Bruins.

It was the Bruins, after all, that opened the 2013 Cup Final in remarkably similar fashion to the Rangers, jumping out to a two-goal advantage. on the road, before losing to Chicago in overtime.

Like the Rangers, the Bruins blew a chance to steal home ice advantage right off the top. And like the Rangers, the Bruins had regrets.

“We had the game,” Tuukka Rask said, per ESPN. “We were up 3-1 in the third, and then a terrible turnover leads to a second goal, a tough bounce leads to the tying goal, and we just gave it away. We’ve got to be better than that.”

Sound familiar?

Aside from the terrible turnover thing (here’s looking at you, Dan Girardi), consider what Marc Staal had to say:

“Yeah, we had a shot to win the game. It’s frustrating that we didn’t come out and do it.”

Boston rebounded nicely in Game 2 last year, scoring a 2-1 OT win to even the series at one. The Bruins did it by flipping the script, so to speak — after falling behind early, they got stronger as the game progressed and out-shot the ‘Hawks 24-15 over the final two periods and OT.

“We got rewarded because I thought from the second period on, we were a good team, a better team,” head coach Claude Julien explained. “By the end, I thought we had more chances.”

Getting better as the game goes on is what the Rangers need to do in Saturday’s Game 2. The Blueshirts wilted as tonight’s contest progressed and the ice appeared tilted in the third period, confirmed by the shots on goal total:

Kings 20, Rangers 3.

That, obviously, can’t happen again if the Rangers have any hope of getting a split in Los Angeles — but there are fixes New York can make, according to Martin St. Louis.

“We did a lot of east-west stuff. They didn’t have to come back all the way in and play defense,” St. Louis explained. “They went back the other way and they got their forecheck going. We ended up spending a little too much time in our end zone and then it’s tough to get on offense when you’re trying to get off the ice. So a little bit of some of the stuff we did in the third.

“I don’t want to not give credit to them, but some of the stuff we did in the third we’ve gotta correct.”

  1. blomfeld - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    TAKE A LESSON INDEED !

    bottom line: the Forces of Joy in 5 ! :) :) :)

  2. thefutureofoil - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Umm…the Bruins lost the Finals. Hardly the lesson the Rangers want to take.

    • titansbro - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      Yes captain obvious, they eventually lost the series. But they did rebound nicely from an eerily similar game 1 loss. They actually had a 2-1 lead, not a bad place to be in.

  3. rutledge3197 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    The rangers lost game 1 in ’94 as well … Too the tune if 52 shots on goal & lost in OT @ home

    • nyking1963 - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      yes and when Messier and Leetch taker the ice for game 2 I’ll see the relevance.

  4. papajack1259 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    they played hard the first period but I agree they just plain looked out of sync in the 2 in the 3rd they looked like it was a summer pick up game.
    They need a full game which they can do. It was a fun game to watch

    • avscup - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Interesting perception. The Kings played much better in the 2nd & 3rd. At times they were dominant!

  5. thegronk87 - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Lol, the bruins actually have talent.

    • sticks169 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Right, and that’s why they are not here. Took all of their talent and had to take it to the golf course.

  6. Fertility Doctor - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    I’ve read some good comments here.. Anyways I just want to add that as a Rangers fan, it certainly stinks to lose the introduction game but it wasn’t really a bad way to lose. Sure, we blew a 2-0 lead but I am positive that most critics thought the Rangers were gonna fair A LOT worse than we did. That was a heck of a game.
    I think my boys will be even more ready for the Kings after getting that taste of them in game 1. Go Rangers!

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