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NHL playoffs: Bruins’ fourth line key in series-clinching win over Rangers

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Gregory Campbell

Boston’s Gregory Campbell scored the game-winner against the Rangers in Game 5. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

By Sarah Kwak

With two physical and hardworking clubs, it was no surprise that this series between Boston and New York came down to rugged plays from fourth-liners. For the second time this week, the Bruins’ energy line came through and proved how valuable depth becomes as the spring rolls toward the summer. With the way that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has played for most of this postseason, and how sharp he looked early in Game 5 at TD Garden on Saturday night, it was going to take extraordinary efforts to get the puck past the Vezina Trophy finalist. He stoned Milan Lucic in the first period and bailed out his team time and time again. But it wasn’t enough. The Bruins ultimately overwhelmed the Rangers, taking Game 5 by a score of 3-1, and the series, four games to one.

Some thoughts and observations from the Bruins’ decisive victory:

• The Bruins’ fourth line, known affectionately around Boston as the Merlot Line for the wine-colored practice jerseys they sport, continues to prove that it is the best of its kind in the NHL. Shortly after center Gregory Campbell was traded to Boston in 2010, he started skating with Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton. When they first took the ice together, there were no fireworks, no signs from heaven that they had found their on-ice soul mates, but during the last three years, that’s exactly what the trio has become. They were instrumental in Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2011, and again, when the goals weren’t coming, they found a way with their industrious pursuit of the puck.

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  • Published On May 25, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Capitals take 3-2 series lead on Rangers in gasp-worthy Game 5

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    Capitals center Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Washington the series lead.

    Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Washington the series lead. (MCT/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    For the fourth-straight game in this series, one goal separated the two teams. The tight contests have made for fast-paced, tense hockey, never more so than on Friday night in Game 5. All tied after regulation, the overtime period offered a continuous string of gasps. The crowd collectively held its breath as Washington and New York traded scoring chances, but when Capitals center Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime, the release was monumental. He was standing on the doorstep just to the right of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s cage when a point shot that was blocked in front rebounded right in front of him. Ribeiro easily swept it in, giving Washington the 3-2 series lead and setting off an eruption from the crowd and the Capitals’ bench that nearly blew the roof off of the Verizon Center.

    Some thoughts and observations from the Capitals’ 2-1 OT win:

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  • Published On May 10, 2013


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