Young defencemen stepped up for the Bruins in Game One and the Kings rallied late to stun the Sharks. Scott Cullen has stats and notes from Thursday night's NHL action.
BOSTON TAKES GAME ONE
Brad Marchand;s first goal of the playoffs was the overtime winner as the Boston Bruins took Game One, 3-2 over the visiting New York Rangers.
Marchand had no goals and three assists in seven games against Toronto in the first round. Combined with no goals and one assist in the last four regular season games, the 18-goal scorer was due to the find the net.
The Bruins outshot the Rangers 16-5 in overtime, making it 48-35 for the game.
Bruins D Zdeno Chara was in beast mode, scoring a goal and an assist, giving him a career-high 10 playoff points. Chara also had a career-high nine shots on goal and played 38:02; the next highest total for the Bruins was C Patrice Bergeron, at 27:07. Bergeron was sharp on the draws, winning 14 of 18 (77.8%).
Bergeron's face-off dominance came at the expense of Rangers C Derek Stepan, who was 5-for-19 (26.3%).
Injuries prompted the Bruins to insert Torey Krug into the lineup and the 22-year-old scored Boston's second goal, a power play marker early in the third period. In his first pro season, Krug had 45 points in 63 games with Providence, and he didn't disappoint in the 16:41 he played for Boston in Game One. Matt Barkowski, another call-up, played 26:42 but he, and partner Johnny Boychuk were on the ice for both Rangers goals.
Another rookie on the Bruins' defence, Dougie Hamilton, was plus-2 and had the best possession numbers for the Bruins in Game One.
RW Rick Nash led the Rangers with six shots on goal, giving him 28 shots without a goal in the playoffs. He's due.
Both teams were coming off seven-game series in the first round, but the Bruins were operating with a depleted defence, missing top-four regulars Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference.
It's also likely not the last of these games to go to overtime because the Bruins and Rangers are so evenly matched.
KINGS RALLY LATE
Trevor Lewis knocked in a rebound, 22 seconds after Dustin Brown's tying goal, late in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings took advantage of a couple late power plays and took down the San Jose Sharks in Game Two, taking a two games to none series lead.
Kings D Drew Doughty played a game-high 28:28 and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal. The other player with five shots was Kings RW Tyler Toffoli, who assisted on the game-winning goal, had five shots in 12:03 of ice time and owned the best possession numbers for the Kings in Game Two.
Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist for the Kings.
Sharks C Scott Gomez, moved into a third line role as the Sharks shifted Joe Pavelski to right wing on a line with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, played more than 16 minutes, had two assists and was plus-2. He was last a plus-2 in November, 2011, a span of 71 games, including this year's playoffs.
Sharks D Brad Stuart had a goal and an assist, was plus-2 and blocked a team-high five shots.
San Jose won 68% of the faceoffs in the game, with Joe Thornton (14-for-18, 77.8%) leading the way.
King D Alec Martinez played a modest 11:49, but was minus-3.
Sharks D Marc-Edouard Vlasic gave San Jose the lead just about midway through the third period and the Sharks were in control until the last few minutes when Stiart took a tripping penalty against Toffoli and, 22 seconds later, Vlasic was in the box for a delay of game penalty when a puck he shots went over the glass.
San Jose has played well enough through the first two games of this series to deserve better than being down 0-2, but that's the way the series sits as the teams shift north to San Jose for the next two games.
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