The Boston Bruins came into this series against the New York Rangers with the ultimate high, what’s the high you ask? well if you have been living under a rock for the past week the Boston Bruins came from 3 goals down to tie and eventually win the series in overtime 5-4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Not to be outdone the New York Rangers came into game one also running on a high where they beat up on the Washington Capitals 5-0, so the stage was set, and the Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers were set to take on each other in what is said to be the most physical series yet.
The Boston Bruins captian Zdeno Chara striked first with a slap shot against Henrik Lundqvist, but the New York Rangers didn’t give up as Ryan McDonagh scored at 19:58 in the period to tie the game up heading into the 1st intermission.
Derek Stepan started the second period with a snap with only 00:14 seconds off the clock, at this point the New York Rangers were feeling good about themselves, until Boston Bruins rookie Tory Krug scored his first NHL goal, playoff goal for that matter, an so the battle raged on, blocked shots after blocked shots, finally sending the game into overtime.
Brad Marchand from the Boston Bruins has had pretty bad playoff season thus far, however Claude Julien kstill entrust in his guys, and lines, so as the game went on he decided to send out Brad “The Little Ball of Hate” Marchand. The Boston Bruins dominated the overtime period by making Henrik Lundqvist face 15 total shots in the overtime period alone.
Brad Marchand skated up the middle as Patrice Bergeron, and Zdeno Chara skated with him, as Patrice Bergeron passed it to Zdeno Chara he wound up and shot the puck leaving the tip in oppurtunity available for Brad Marchand, he scored and game one was in the books. I am hoping that this will spark the Boston Bruins and Brad Marchand into 2011 Stanley Cup form, and maybe they can shock the world once again.
In closing the goalie stats look like this-
Tuukka Rask-saved 35 out of 38 as a save point average of .943%
Hendrik Lundqvist -saved 45 out of 48 and has a save point average of .938%
Who do you think is going to win the series? and in how many games?