Boston Besieges Lundqvist, Blast The Rangers 5-2
So here we go again. For the 2nd straight playoff series the New York Rangers have dropped the 1st games on the road. It happened against Washington in round 1 and after the Bruins beat down the Rangers 5-2 Sunday at the Boston Garden the Rangers find themselves in a 2-0 hole.
Henrik Lundqvist, coming off back to back shutouts to beat the Caps was left high and dry several times in game 2 and frankly he wasn’t at his best either.
2 amazing stats to come from game 2. 1st Dan Gerardi, arguably the Rangers best defenseman was on the ice for all 5 goals against. I would be willing to wager that Gerardi has never been minus 5 in a hockey game, on any level, in any game.
2nd and even more astonishing is it is the 1st time Lundqvist has ever allowed more then 3 goals against the Bruins. EVER! Lundqvist has started the last 28 games between these teams.
The teams traded the 1st 4 goals of the game. Twice Boston scored just to see the Rangers score right after.
In the 1st period rookie defensemen Torey Krug. playing in just his 2nd game scored for the 2nd straight game. Ryan Callahan struck back with a steal, skate, and stylish goal just 2:33 after that.
In the 2nd period Boston Gregory Campbell scored at 2;24 only to see Rick Nash finally break through in the goal column just 56 seconds later. From there, despite some periodic spurt by the Rangers it was the Bruins who took over. Before the period finished out the Bruins got a goal from,Johnny Boychuk a slap shot from just inside the point and a puck that perhaps Lundqvist could have stopped. Any thought of a Ranger comeback was blunted soon after.
Brad Marchand, a.k.a ” The little ball of hate” gave Ranger fans another reason to serenade him come game 3 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Marchand finished a nifty pass from Patrice Bergeron just 24 seconds into the 3rd making it 4-2 Boston. From there the B’s peppered Lundqvist. My favoritee hockey name, Milan Lucic finished the scoring and the Rangers off scoring with 7:21 left in the game.