The Boston Bruins practiced for one final time on Friday before finally heading off for Pittsburgh, and head coach Claude Julien showed off some new defensive pairings ahead of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Penguins.
Joe Thornton got San Jose off to a fast start with a power-play goal in the first period and TJ Galiardi added a goal in the second to help the Sharks force a decisive seventh game.
The Bruins played Pittsburgh three times this season and lost all three by one goal. Now they await the top-seeded Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals, and the Bruins are trying to figure out what went wrong in those games.
The New York Rangers didn’t bring the right mentality in their round two playoff exit at the hands of the Bruins.
Brad Richards is without a role and will soon be bought out by the Rangers because of a shrinking salary cap and long offseason checklist for GM Glen Sather.
Out before Memorial Day. It was all so sudden, mostly because of the mammoth expectations we placed on our favorite teams this season.
While Tortorella didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse, the Rangers were severely hampered by a number of key injuries.
With each passing year, Henrik Lundqvist’s window to win an elusive Stanley Cup shrinks.
The Bruins eliminated the listless Rangers in five games as the Blueshirts crash out in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Brian Boyle and the Rangers are in a confident mood ahead of Game 5 at TD Garden.
Rask has the opportunity to close out the series in Game 5 on home ice at TD Garden.
The Blueshirts are very far from being a perfect hockey club – but they’re even further from being branded as a common, run-of-the-mill team.
“Kiss my a– if you want to run something different,” said Torts. “It’s not about blaming that guy, and I don’t want anyone to pile on.”
The Rangers dug out of their deficits and were still tied at the end of regulation. Surely the overtime bug would bite them again, no? No. Not this time.
History says the Bruins won’t likely complete their sweep of the Rangers on Thursday night, but they thinking about the past — they’re living in the moment.