What it means: The Rangers are now staring down the same series deficit they faced in Round 1 after a 5-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 2, though the Bruins exhibited a killer instinct Sunday that the Capitals never seemed to possess. It was the first time this playoffs that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist gave up more than three goals, and he'll likely be kicking himself for the scoring play that opened up the game early in the third.
On a play that was eerily similar to Thursday's overtime game-winner for the Bruins in Game 1, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand connected for a back-breaking goal just 26 seconds into the third period. Bergeron hit Marchand on the rush for a backdoor goal that made it 4-2. Boston's Milan Lucic extended the Bruins' lead to three goals with a tap-in at the right post later in the period.
Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi was on the ice for all five Bruins goals.
Boy oh Boy: Snapping a 2-2 draw in the second period, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk notched his third goal of the playoffs. Marchand picked up an assist on the play with a nice drop pass to set up Boychuk at 12:08. Four of seven Boston goals this series have been scored by Bruins defensemen.
Cough it up: Just as they did in the first period, the Bruins surrendered a one-goal lead again in the second as Rick Nash scored his first goal of the 2013 playoffs less than a minute after Gregory Campbell’s backhander beat Lundqvist for a 2-1 Bruins lead. Nash beat Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara along the walls, careening in to tie the game 2-2 just 56 seconds later.
Good and the bad: The Bruins used three rookie defensemen on their blue line for the second straight game, and witnessed both the good and the bad with their youth in the first period. Former MSU standout Torey Krug, who made his NHL playoffs debut in Game 1, tallied his second goal in as many games, passing the puck to himself between the legs before beating Lundqvist for a 1-0 Bruins lead. But 19-year-old Dougie Hamilton’s defensive miscue allowed the Rangers to tie it up later in the period. Callahan pounced on a Bruins turnover and beat Hamilton to the puck along the boards before deking Rask for the Rangers’ first goal of the game at 8:01. Hamilton, Krug and Matt Bartkowski are playing on the back end in place of injured veterans Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden. Krug is making a strong case to remain in the lineup, though. The 22-year-old Michigan State product has two goals and three points in the past two games.
Brief appearance: Although coach John Tortorella made his feelings clear about Carl Hagelin’s power-play ability on Saturday (Tortorella said he “stinks” multiple times), the speedy Swedish winger made a brief appearance on the Rangers’ third man-up opportunity of the game.
Up next: Rangers vs. Bruins, Game 3, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.