Bruins can't close out series as Rangers earn OT win

New York Rangers centre Derek Stepan slides the puck past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during...

New York Rangers centre Derek Stepan slides the puck past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal in New York, May 23, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:30 AM ET

NEW YORK - For the last couple of days, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been talking, somewhat wistfully, about bounces.

He wasn’t taking anything away from what the Boston Bruins had done in building a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal, but rather how, by doing a lot of things right, the Bruins had been able to get those capricious pucks to go their way.

A bounce finally went the Rangers way Thursday and now they will live to stir up the demons that linger around a Boston Bruins team that has trouble closing the deal.

“It looked tough there for a while, but that ugly goal changed the whole game and that’s sometimes what you need,” said Lundqvist after the Rangers’ got an overtime goal from Chris Kreider for a 4-3 win to avoid the series sweep at Madison Square Garden. “You need to feel the puck finally bounced our way. That’s what I’ve been talking about for three days, I think. They’re getting a lot of good bounces from deflections and screens and suddenly it happened for us and it felt like we gained a lot of energy and confidence. The game changed, it really did.”


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