May 24, 2013

Rangers beat Bruins in OT, avoid sweep

Chris Kreider scored seven minutes into overtime, keeping New York alive for at least one more game.

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New York Rangers' Brian Boyle, right, reacts after scoring during the third period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Bruins in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in New York, Thursday, May 23, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask watches as the winning goal by New York Rangers' Chris Kreider gets past him during the overtime period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in New York, Thursday, May 23, 2013, in New York.The Rangers defeated the Bruins 4-3. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Lundqvist blocked a hard shot by Chara, who rattled a drive off of the goalie's mask. At the next stoppage, there was a brief delay as Lundqvist had repairs made to the mask.

Del Zotto took an interference penalty 1:25 after Boston took the lead, and Krug made the Rangers pay again. Krug, a rookie defenseman who made his NHL postseason debut in the series opener, fired a slap shot from the Stanley Cup logo in the Rangers' zone that sailed past Lundqvist and into the top right corner at 7:41.

Krug has scored in three of the four games he has played in this series, and his goal gave Boston as many power-play tallies at Madison Square Garden in this playoff year as the host Rangers have mustered.

However, New York got a big break just 54 seconds later to cut the deficit in half.

As the Rangers were moving the puck up ice, Rask stumbled in the crease and fell at around the same time that Hagelin was backhanding a shot on net. Sliding as slowly as possible, the puck eluded Rask as he tried to recover in time to stop it.

New York was energized by the goal and picked up its pace in the ensuing minutes as the crowd got louder. The Rangers put pressure on Rask, but couldn't net the equalizer in the second period — despite getting their second power play of the game.

It took nearly seven minutes before New York recorded its first shot on Rask — a drive by defenseman John Moore — and Boston controlled the period with a 12-4 edge in shots.

The Rangers had trouble completing even seemingly simple passes, despite receiving only minimal pressure by the Boston forecheck. Another early power play was killed easily by the Bruins and generated only one shot.

NOTES: The Rangers are 5-6 in Game 4 when trailing 3-0. ... Before Game 1, the Rangers and Bruins hadn't gone to overtime against each other in the playoffs since March 27, 1958.

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Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, of Finland watches a puck pass him as New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello (36) looks on during the third period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Thursday, May 23, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  


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