Tuukka Rask tripped over his own skates in Game 4, opening the door for the New York Rangers in their Eastern Conference second-round series. Rask would like to end the threat and lift the fourth-seeded Boston Bruins into the conference final when the teams reconvene at TD Garden on Saturday. Rask's gaffe gave sixth-seeded New York a lift before former Boston College star Chris Kreider scored 7:03 into overtime as the Rangers skated to a 4-3 triumph on Thursday to cut their deficit to 3-1 in the series.
While Rask didn't have much of a chance on the final tally, he did his best to keep the first one in perspective. "You can either cry about it - or laugh about it," Rask said on Friday. "I choose to have a sense of humor." With a 1-5 mark away from Madison Square Garden, New York is hardly laughing about its road record in the playoffs.
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ABOUT THE RANGERS: Brian Boyle scored the team's first power-play goal of the series and third of the postseason midway through the third period of Game 4. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh helped set up the tally and logged over 3 1/2 minutes of ice time with the man advantage. "I think he helped us (in Game 4) on the power play," coach John Tortorella said of McDonagh. "It's me. I (messed) that up not using him early enough, and I should have." Veteran Brad Richards, who was a healthy scratch in Game 4, was missing from practice on Friday and likely will miss his second straight contest.
ABOUT THE BRUINS: Torey Krug has provided a jolt to Boston's ailing power play. The defenseman has scored two of his team's three goals with the man advantage during the series while also tallying in three of the last four games overall. "I think that we're just not passing up those good opportunities," Krug said of the team's improving performance on the power play. "You'd see sometimes in the past we'd be passing the puck and we'd want to make that extra pass. But this time, we're shooting pucks, we're getting pucks to the net, and guys are taking away (Henrik Lundqvist's) ice."
1. Boston Ds Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden skated with the team during Friday's practice. Seidenberg is dealing with a lower-body injury, while Redden has been sidelined with an undisclosed ailment.
2. The Rangers are 6-1 in their last seven elimination games - including 3-0 in 2013.
3. Should New York emerge victorious, Game 6 will be at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
PREDICTION: Bruins 3, Rangers 1