Marchand, Bergeron cash in to lift B’s over Rangers in Game 1

New York's Michael Del Zotto and Boston's Brad Marchand battle for the puck Thursday in Game 1 of a Stanley Cup Playoff semi-final. (Getty Images)
New York’s Michael Del Zotto and Boston’s Brad Marchand battle for the puck Thursday in Game 1 of a Stanley Cup Playoff semi-final. (Getty Images)

For about 30 minutes Thursday night at TD Garden, the Bruins and New York Rangers played like two teams that hadn’t met in the playoffs for 40 years. They eyed one another warily, cautiously waiting for someone to make a move.

Befitting a rivalry that has seen big moments during the regular season over the years, the intensity eventually picked and carried long into the night, once again ending in dramatic fashion for the B’s.

Brad Marchand’s goal 15:40 into overtime gave the Bruins a 3-2 victory, lifted the roof off the Garden for the second time in four nights and put the Bruins ahead 1-0 in the best-of-seven series.

It capped a frantic overtime for Boston, which kept loads of pressure on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist before finally breaking through when Patrice Bergeron (who else?) broke free up the right side and left a perfect feed to a hustling Marchand, who redirected it into the net for his first goal of the 2013 playoffs.

Fortunately for both teams there are two days off before Game 2 Sunday afternoon in the Garden. Now that they’ve gotten the pleasantries out of the way, there should be no awkward feeling out period like there was early in this one.

The careful, lackluster play essentially ended when Zdeno Chara’s wobbly slap shot leaked through Lundqvist 12:23 into the second period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead and snap Lundqvist’s scoreless streak at over 152 minutes.

The Rangers stunned the TD Garden faithful twice in a span of 15.3 seconds, first tying it when Ryan McDonagh’s shot snuck through a crowd with 1.3 ticks remaining in the second. They then went ahead on Derek Stepan’s tally 14 seconds into the third.

Some of the fans may have been stunned once again when Boston got the tying goal on the power play less than three minutes later, for it was defenseman Torey Krug – rushed into duty due to a litany of injuries along the blue line – who smacked one past Lundqvist. Jonny Boychuk’s shot in the final second of regulation clanged off the post to Lundqvist’s right.

Krug and his fellow defenseman, particularly ring leader Zdeno Chara (one goal, one assist in a remarkable 38-plus minutes of ice time), played some admirable hockey in front of Tuukka Rask, who had 33 saves. Lundqvist, who saw 16 shots in less than 16 minutes in OT, made 45 saves for New York.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to “Orphan Black” Season 2! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany, while avoiding the…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.