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Marchand scores in OT to give Bruins win in series opener

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BOSTON -- Good things happen for the Bruins in overtime. Even for Brad Marchand.

Boston's leading goal-scorer during the regular season scored his first of the postseason with 4:20 left in the first overtime and the Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday night in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams.

"It's always frustrating" not to score, Marchand said, "but there's so many other areas of the game. It's always nice to get the first one and you hope you just keep going."

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The win was Boston's third straight in overtime, and New York's third straight loss in extra time.

Both teams advanced with Game 7 victories Monday night. The Bruins overcame a three-goal deficit with 11 minutes left in regulation and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Patrice Bergeron's goal in overtime. The Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 behind Henrik Lundqvist's second consecutive shutout.

Marchand scored on a pass from Bergeron. Marchand had carried the puck up the right side, passed it to Bergeron and kept going toward the net. Bergeron passed across the slot and Marchand tipped it past Lundqvist from the left side of the crease.

Boston outshot New York 16-5 in overtime.

"I kind of knew he was coming in the middle, but I was just too locked in on the puck," Lundqvist said. "Sooner or later when you face a lot of chances like that, you're going to make a mistake."

The Bruins carried the play throughout overtime. They applied constant pressure, but couldn't score during a power play when Derek Dorsett was penalized for interference at 2:20 of overtime.

Boston nearly won in regulation, but Johnny Boychuk's shot from the right point clanged off the left post with one-tenth of a second remaining. Then he hit the left post at the other end of the ice at 6:34 of overtime.

Zdeno Chara gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 12:23 of the second before Ryan McDonagh tied it with 1.3 seconds left in the period. Derek Stepan put the Rangers ahead 2-1 just 14 seconds into the third period, and Torey Krug tied it on a power play with his first NHL goal in four career games.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals is set for Sunday night in Boston.

On Thursday, the Bruins played without three injured veteran defensemen: Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden. Three rookies started on defense: Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Krug, who was called up from Providence of the AHL after Seidenberg was hurt early in the first period Monday night.

The Bruins ended Lundqvist's shutout streak at 152 minutes, 23 seconds when he gave up a Chara's soft goal. Lundqvist appeared to have a good view of the 50-foot slap shot from just in front of the middle of the blue line and got a piece of the puck, but it trickled by him.

That lead nearly held up through the second period. But when Boychuk passed it from in front of his net to Tyler Seguin in the right circle, Rick Nash hit Sequin's stick and the puck went to McDonagh at the left point.

McDonagh's rising slap shot soared over the right arm of goalie Tuukka Rask. Stepan then made it 2-1 on a 30-foot shot from the slot through Rask's legs, two goals in 15.3 seconds.

Krug tied the game with teammate David Krejci in front of the net trying to screen Lundqvist. The shot from just inside the top of the left circle went under Lundqvist's left arm.

Notes

  • Stepan's goal was the sixth against the Bruins in the first two minutes of a period in their eight playoff games.
  • The teams last met in the playoffs in 1973 when the Rangers won the first-round series in five games. The previous year, they faced each other in the Stanley Cup finals, and the Bruins won in six.
  • Both teams' leading goal scorers in the regular season had no goals in eight playoff games heading in. New York's Nash stretched that unwanted string to nine, but Marchand's goal won the game.
  • Boston's Jaromir Jagr, a former Ranger, is the only player on either team who had been born the last time the teams met in the playoffs on April 10, 1973.
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Boston's Brad Marchand beats Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to send the Bruins to a 3-2 overtime win in Game 1. (USATSI)
Boston's Brad Marchand beats Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to send the Bruins to a 3-2 overtime win in Game 1. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
NY Rangers (0-1)01102
Boston  (1-0) «01113
Three Stars
B. Marchand
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Z. Chara
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Brassard
NYR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
12:23 - Zdeno Chara (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Krejci, Horton
19:58 - Ryan McDonagh (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Nash, Brassard
3RD PERIOD
14.0 - Derek Stepan (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Hagelin, Callahan
02:55Power Play - Torey Krug (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Hamilton, Marchand
OT
15:40 - Brad Marchand (1), Tip-In. Assist: Bergeron, Chara
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
02:22Pyatt, 2 min, Boarding
04:38Chara, 2 min, Hooking
13:52McQuaid, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
01:09Eminger, 2 min, Holding
16:16Bergeron, 2 min, Hooking
17:51Moore, 2 min, Interference
OT
02:20Dorsett, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
 123OTT
NYR8139535
BOS119121648
 
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