It took 40 years for Original Six rivals Boston and New York to face off again in the playoffs. Beantown's Bruins seem intent on wrapping...
NEW YORK — It took 40 years for Original Six rivals Boston and New York to face off again in the playoffs.
Beantown’s Bruins seem intent on wrapping up the long-awaited get-together in a hurry.
Daniel Paille scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:31 left in the third period — after defenseman Johnny Boychuk got the Bruins even earlier in the frame — and Boston put the Rangers on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night.
Boston leads the series 3-0 and can advance to the conference finals as early as Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Only three NHL teams have rallied from an 0-3 hole to advance.
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Boston also nearly blew a 3-1 series edge against Toronto, before rallying from a three-goal deficit in the third period and capturing Game 7 in overtime.
“The Toronto series, I didn’t think our team was in the zone the way it is right now,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “I anticipate — knowing my team — that we’re going to come out the same next game and certainly not be the Jekyll and Hyde team that we were in the first round.”
At Sharks 2, Kings 1
Brent Burns helped San Jose jump off to a fast start with his second goal of the postseason and the Sharks tied their second-round series against Los Angeles at 2 with a win over the Kings.
Logan Couture followed up his overtime game-winner in Game 3 with his fifth power-play goal of the playoffs to add to the lead and Antti Niemi made 22 saves as the Sharks matched the Kings’ two home wins to open the series with two of their own.
Mike Richards scored a power-play goal and Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for the Kings.