May 23, 2013

Bruins move in for the kill with Rangers down and wounded

Boston can sweep into the Eastern Conference finals with a win in New York Thursday.

The Associated Press

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WHO: Bruins at New York Rangers

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday


SERIES: Bruins lead, 3-0

That was enough to give the Bruins their second one-goal win of the series.

Paille had a goal and assist in Game 3 for his first points of the series. Thornton assisted on both goals, to get himself on the score sheet for the first time against the Rangers, and Campbell had an assist on the winner to go along with a goal he scored in Game 2.

The Rangers would be happy to get offense from anywhere. After busting out in a 5-0 win in Game 7 against the Capitals, New York has been held to five total goals in three games against goalie Tuukka Rask and the rest of the Bruins.

New York seemed to lack the required energy and urgency to take advantage in Game 4. The Rangers have also failed to capitalize on an injured Boston defense that is using three rookies with success.

"I like our team," Tortorella said. "We've got good people. We need to have more people playing more minutes, consistently. We'll be ready to play. I hope we get to another level of desperation. That's not just running around all over the place, it's about winning those battles at key times."

While injured Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden continue to practice and move closer to returning, the Rangers are dealing with the loss of defenseman Anton Stralman, who got hurt when he was checked hard Tuesday night by Milan Lucic and left the game in the second period.

His status for Game 4 is questionable at best. If he sits out, the Rangers could turn to Roman Hamrlik or Matt Gilroy.


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