The Boston Bruins won the first game of their series against the New York Rangers thanks to some overtime magic but there was no extra hockey needed in Game 2. While the Rangers came out a lot harder and more physical than they did in Game 1, the Bruins have successfully won their first two games at TD Garden and send this series to New York with a 2-0 lead.
New York deserves credit, because they did try to make it a hockey game through two periods of play but the Bruins are a lot better at physical hockey than the Rangers are and that showed in the result of Game 2. New York might be on to something when it comes to being rough with the Bruins, but they failed to stop shots the way they used to and the result was a 5-goal day for Boston.
The goals came fast and they came so quick that if you had blinked or looked down to drink your beer you’d have missed it. Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash both scored in quick succession after goals by Torey Krug and Gregory Campbell but never once was New York able to lead. The Rangers may have gotten quick answers early in the game to Boston fast scoring but they were playing catchup the whole game and that’s something that needs to be reversed in Game 3.
As for Boston, it wasn’t the prettiest of games this season for them but a win in the postseason is a win no matter how you’re ale to get it. The Bruins relied on excellent netminding in Game 1 from Tuukka Rask and they got that once again in Game 2. The two hiccups he had in which goals were scored by New York were erased by lightning fast offense by the Bruins and it’s a formula that has yet to be broken by New York.
Game 3 will be Tuesday in New York and it’s a battle the Rangers need to win otherwise the series may be over. The Bruins still need two more games to take the series but a win in New York would break the backs of the Rangers and a series sweep wouldn’t be out of the question.