2013 NHL Playoffs: Tuukka Rask Caries Boston Bruins to Game 2 Win

By Greg Higgins
Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins
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The New York Rangers scored with 16:40 left to be played in the second period to make the score 2-2 against the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup. They did not score again as Boston Goalie Tuukka Rask turned away shot after shot from the Rangers offense. Rask faced 39 shots on the day and only allowed two of them to get by.

Boston, however, had no problem finding the twine behind goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Boston took 37 shots and five of them made their way past the Rangers goalie. Not only did they score five goals, but they were scored by five different Bruin players. Gregory Campbell, Milan Lucic, Torey Krug, Johnny Boychuk and Brad Marchand all scored for the Bruins, who took a 2-0 lead in the series. Game 1 was an overtime thriller that Boston won 3-2.

New York does have something to look forward to in Game 3 on Tuesday night–they will be playing at home. The Rangers are 3-0 this postseason at Madison Square Garden and they will hope the magic returns when the puck drops in front of the home crowd. The Rangers had plenty of opportunity in Game 2. They had five power play chances and didn’t convert on any of them, while Boston had only one chance. New York also only had one give away as opposed to 16 by the Bruins. The difference in the game is between the pipes. Rask stopped shot after shot and shut down any break-a-way chance the Rangers had. In order for New York to have a shot in this series, Lundqvist has to be better. He cannot give up five goals and expect to win in the playoffs. Rask was the number one star in Game 2. New York needs that number one star to be transferred to their goalie for Game 3 or this might be a quick series.

Greg Higgins is a NHL contributor for rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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