BOSTON – Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the New York Rangers by a 2-1 score:
1) Torey Krug -- who scored the game-tying goal on a power play one-timer from Tyler Seguin -- has, quite simply, been a difference-maker in this series and gives the Bruins so many different things they desperately needed this season. According to Elias, he is the first rookie defenseman in the post-expansion era to score four goals in his first five NHL Stanley Cup playoff games. That’s the stuff of legends.
2) Roman Hamrlik had two big turnovers in second period that led to the Bruins' go-ahead goal, scored by Gregory Campbell and the B's fourth line. Hamrlik is the replacement for the injured Anton Stralman. Krug is the injury replacement for Andrew Ference. See the difference in depth between the two teams there?
3) Derek Dorsett got rocked in the first period by a Milan Lucic hit, turtled under Shawn Thornton during a fight, was also on the ice for a goal against, and has been knocked around all over while also getting whistled for a slashing penalty at the end of the second period. He’s been poking the bear all series, and he’s getting the business end of the bear tonight.
4) The Bruins' fourth line, which scored the go-ahead goal, has been a huge factor in the series and that hasn’t changed even as the Rangers have made adjustments trying to combat the B’s forward depth.
5) Henrik Lundqvist is looking good right now. The Bruins have managed to sneak a couple of goals behind him on 24 shots, but it would be good for the B's to finish off the Rangers now because he’s been getting better as the series has worn on.