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RANGERS at BRUINS
(Boston leads best-of-7 series, 3-1)
TV: NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Big story: New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider scored 7:03 into overtime Thursday night to prevent the Boston Bruins from completing the sweep at Madison Square Garden.
Now they'll try to end it in Game 5 Saturday at TD Garden, where Boston is 4-2 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. New York will have to win a road game to stay alive. The Ranges did in Game 7 of the first round at Verizon Center against the Washington Capitals, but that is their lone road win of the playoffs. They are 1-5 away from Madison Square Garden.
Rangers: They're alive and in Boston, where they've brought with them a new sense of confidence and a feeling of finally having momentum in the series.
"We gave ourselves an opportunity to play one more game," goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "That's our approach now, win [Saturday]. Focus on the good things here, the stuff we've been doing well, feel as good as we can and just start with the first 20. Then we'll see how far it takes us."
The Rangers have been good in elimination games since last season, going 6-1, including 3-0 this season.
"I don't think our team gives," coach John Tortorella said. "We've done some good things here. I go back to the first series, just winning two in a row there to win that series, that's something, you know, you try to hang your hat on, I guess. I'm not a real big believer in it. I think every game is a different situation, but our team doesn't give."
Judging by practice Friday, it appears the Rangers' lineup will be the same for Game 5 as it was for Game 4, meaning center Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch again. The only players on the ice for practice Friday were the ones who played in Game 4. Kreider was missing, but a Rangers spokesperson said he was given a maintenance day.
"We talked about it before the game, we wanted to get to Boston," Tortorella said. "We did, and now we need to try to win a game in Boston. Then we'll see where we go from there."
Bruins: Boston knows what will happen and what type of questions it will face if the Bruins don't win Game 5. It'll all be about their problems closing out a series.
Boston blew a 3-0 series lead to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 and went on to lose in seven games. The Bruins nearly blew a 3-1 series lead to the Toronto Maple Leafs in this year's conference quarterfinals but came through with a miracle finish in Game 7 to win it in overtime despite trailing 4-1 midway through the third period.
"There is no panic here," coach Claude Julien said.
Nor should there be, but a loss in Game 5 and things could change quickly. The Bruins know that, but they also know that for roughly three-and-a-half games against the Rangers they have been the much better team.
It's also possible the Bruins get defenseman Dennis Seidenberg back from injury for Game 5. He continues to skate, and Julien said he's progressing, but Seidenberg said he is still day-to-day. Defenseman Wade Redden is in the same situation.
Who's hot: Rangers center Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist in Game 4. … Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has three goals in the series, including a power-play goal in Game 4. He was called up from Providence of the American Hockey League before the series began. Boston forwards Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton each had a goal and an assist in Game 4.
Injury report: The Rangers have been playing without defenseman Marc Staal (eye), forward Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) and forward Darroll Powe (undisclosed) for the entire series. Defenseman Anton Stralman (undisclosed) did not play in Game 4. … The Bruins have been depleted on the blue line by the injuries to Seidenberg, Redden and Andrew Ference. Seidenberg could play in Game 5, but Ference is not skating.
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