Game 3 Reaction: Bruins 2, Rangers 1

NEW YORK -- The Boston Bruins took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Bruins erased a 1-0 deficit and scored two unanswered goals en route to the win. Boston’s Daniel Paille scored the game-winning goal at 16:29 of the third period. In fact, the Bruins’ energy line of Paille, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Paille produced both goals for Boston in Game 3.

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk also scored for Boston, while goaltender Tuukka Rask made 23 saves.

Taylor Pyatt scored for the Rangers, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves.

Both teams knew a strong start would be key, and the Bruins were able to create that early pressure. In fact, it took the Rangers a minute and a half to get the puck in the Bruins’ zone.

It was also evident early that Lundqvist returned to form. The Bruins had two quality chances in the first period, but Lundqvist made two big saves. First, he stoned Boston’s Tyler Seguin on a breakaway at 11:15, and then closed the door on Jaromir Jagr on the next scoring chance. Lundqvist made a total of nine saves in the first period and kept the Rangers in the game.

While Lundqvist remained locked in, the Rangers gained a 1-0 lead in the second period when Pyatt redirected a shot past Rask at 3:53. New York capitalized on a rare miscue by Patrice Bergeron. After he first lost the draw to the right of Rask, he had an opportunity to clear the puck but handed the puck right to New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh, whose wrister from the point was redirected by Pyatt.

After the Rangers’ tally, the Bruins began a strong push but every opportunity they created Lundqvist was there to make the save.

The Bruins’ Gregory Campbell had a slap shot from point-blank range when he teed one up from the left faceoff circle, but Lundqvist snared it with a tremendous glove save at 11:36 of the period.

Two minutes later, the Bruins created sustained pressure with the help of a solid forecheck by Milan Lucic. Linemate Nathan Horton collected the puck and rang a shot off the right post at 13:26.

The second period ended with New York clinging to a one-goal lead thanks Lundqvist, but Boston outshot New York 14-6 in second.

The Bruins kept their push on and were rewarded for their efforts. Boston’s energy line was able to sustain a tight forecheck when rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski pinched to keep the puck in the Rangers’ zone. Bruins forward Daniel Paille fed the puck back to the point for Boychuk. With Campbell and Shawn Thornton creating traffic in front of Lundqvist, Boychuk’s wrister from the left point found its way through to tie the game at 3:10 of the third. The tally was Boychuk’s fourth of the playoffs.

Boston’s energy line created another relentless forecheck that resulted in Paille’s game-winning goal.

UP NEXT: The Bruins have a chance to end this series with a victory in Game 4 Thursday night at 7 at MSG.