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The Bruins expected Henrik Lundqvist and the rest of the Rangers to bring their best in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist was much better in net with 32 saves, allowing goals by Boychuck and Paille in the third period. This Rangers team looks defeated, going 0-9 on the power play. The Rangers’ lone goal came from defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the second period and the Rangers seemed to fall apart from that point on.
The Bruins out-shot the Rangers 34-24 and beat them in the face off department as well (34-21). The Bruins had some solid looks on net but could not capitalize because of some excellent saves by Lundqvist. If there is any hope the Rangers force a comeback in this series, it is on the shoulders of Henrik Lundqvist.
Physically, this Rangers team has visibly given up, especially on John Tortorella, who sounded defeated in his press conference compared to his usually explosive responses towards the media.
Johnny Boychuck continued to shine with his fourth playoff goal and third against the Rangers this season. Tyler Seguin continues to be frustrating with a breakaway opportunity in the first, only to be shut down by Lundqvist in front of the net. The young Bruins defensemen continue to shine in this series as well.
This was an excellent grind-it-out win for the B’s in a game featuring a good amount of blood and TERRIBLE officiating for both sides. The Bruins can sweep this series on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.