Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bring on the Penguins

We all have come to realize that a series is never over until that fourth game is done and final. This applies especially to this particular Boston Bruins team .

Any athlete will tell you that winning the first three games of the series is the easy part. The more challenging feat is to actually seal the deal and close out that fourth game. It is difficult because the team who is trailing will come out fighting like their backs are against the wall. 

This has certainly been the case for the New York Rangers.

After a thrilling and exciting overtime victory on Thursday night, the Rangers forced a game five on Saturday. Nobody is saying that the series was over heading into game five, but the Rangers still had an incredibly large hole to dig themselves out of despite Tuukka Rask's record in close-out games (2-8). 

It was good to see Tyler Seguin get on the board for the first time this postseason in the previous game. Let's hope that will propel him into doing something more this playoff run. Now, we all wait for Jaromir Jagr to break through. 

Anyway, all of these things were encouraging signs heading into game five. Dennis Seidenberg made his return to the lineup in place of Dougie Hamilton. With him back in, it took some of the pressure off a very fatigued Zdeno Chara. His tiredness was evident during that awful giveaway in game four that led to a Ranger goal. 

Prior to the game, it was announced that the Bruins recalled Providence Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg to help during practices and give Rask some rest. 

In this game, the Bruins dominated through the first two periods. Henrik Lundqvist showed the world why he is one of the league's top goaltenders, but he had to prove himself because the B's kept pouncing the puck in on him for several scoring chances. 

The Bruins held a 2-1 lead as they entered the third period. Torey Krug and Gregory Campbell recorded the tallies for the Black and Gold. The Rangers made their late rush towards the end of the game, but Rask came through with some huge saves and Campbell added an empty-netter to clinch the series. 

Bring on the Penguins.

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