Boston's grinders lead scoring charge in 2-1 road win
|Shawn Thornton celebrates Johnny Boychuk's (right) tying goal. |
The Bruins enforcer recorded assists on both goals. (Getty)
Lundqvist held up his end of the bargain in Game 3 on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins, but his teammates did not. The Rangers offense continued to struggle and the Bruins' two goals were enough for a 2-1 win that gave Boston a stranglehold on the series.
The New York goaltender walked his talk early in the game when he stoned Chris Kelly on a breakaway at just 8:10, after Dan Girardi coughed up the puck to the Bruins forward. Three minutes later, he helped the struggling Tyler Seguin prolong his playoff-long goal scoring slump by shutting him down on another breakaway. Seconds after that, Michael Del Zotto aided his netminder by stick-checking Jaromir Jagr as he looked to poke home a rebound. (Like Seguin, Jagr also has yet to score in the postseason.)
The Rangers outshot the Bruins 11-9 through a scoreless first period, but it was Boston that generated the majority of scoring chances. Lundqvist's big saves kept his team in the game and issued a warning to the visitors that goals would not come easy in his building.
New York lost a noticeable edge in play during the second period and got outshot 14-5. Fortunately for the home team, its goaltender saved all 14 shots in the period and gave the Rangers a chance to take the lead.