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NHL Playoffs: Grades for Night 17

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 45 shots for the Rangers but it wasn't enough. (USATSI)Henrik Lundqvist stops 45 shots for the Rangers, but it's not enough.
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C-Kind of a sloppy performance. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 shots but gave up a couple of goals he would probably like to have back and didn't play one of his best games. The Rangers power play continues to be a mess, finishing the game 0-for-3 and recording just three shots on goal. They received a power play with three minutes to play in a tie game and not only failed to score, but took a penalty of their own in the offensive zone to negate the final 25 seconds of the advantage. This game probably could have ended a lot sooner than it did as the Bruins hit four posts in the third period and overtime, including one off the stick of Johnny Boychuk with 0.1 seconds remaining.
B+A very solid effort in Game 1. The Bruins challenged Henrik Lundqvist quite a bit and actually put a number of pucks behind him, hitting the post on four of their attempted shots. It may have taken overtime, but the Bruins ended up with the result they deserved as they were the better team in Game 1.
ABrad Marchand not only scored the game-winning goal in overtime, but he was one of the Bruins' best skaters on the night. He logged 23 minutes, attempted six shots (getting three on net, including the game-winning goal), and the Bruins managed to control the game with him on the ice, recording 66 percent of the attempted shots when he was out there during 5-on-5 play.
COn one hand, the Sharks were the better team for most of this game and probably deserved a better fate. On the other hand, you can't really look past the fact they gave up two goals in the final two minutes to turn a 3-2 lead into a 4-3 loss. That's rough. I hate the puck over the glass rule that turned a Los Angeles power play into a 5-on-3 advantage that started the comeback, but as long the rule is on the books it has to be called and the Sharks put themselves in that situation. They've played better than their 2-0 series deficit might indicate, but that's the way this game goes sometimes.
BIt wasn't always pretty, but the Kings did what champions are supposed to do and found a way to win anyway they could and take a 2-0 series lead as it heads to San Jose this weekend. Even by giving up three goals Jonathan Quick looks like he's back to being 2012 Jonathan Quick.
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