Zdeno Chara stands tall in Bruins' win
BOSTON -- Credit the Big Z. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who stands 6-9, played 38:02 and had a goal, an assist and nine shots for the Bruins. His long shot at 12:23 of the second period ended Henrik Lundqvist's shutout streak at 152:23 and extended his point streak to five games.
"We seem to talk about him every time; it's the little details," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "I've said it before, he's been our Norris Trophy winner every year by the way he's played and the time he's played."
McDonagh is big, tooRyan McDonagh was Chara II. He scored his first career playoff goal with 1.3 seconds remaining in the second period and had five hits and three blocked shots in 31:59 of ice time. He has logged at least 30 minutes four times in the playoffs . . . Derek Stepan's third goal leads the team . . . Rick Nash had an assist and led the Rangers with six shots but still does not have a goal in the playoffs . . . The first period ended with a scary moment when Patrice Bergeron's shot bounced up off Michael Del Zotto's stick and the puck struck the defenseman in the left ear. He dropped to the ice face-down with 31.6 seconds left but skated to the locker room on his own and returned . . . The Bruins are 31-14 when leading a best-of-seven series 1-0.
Power play lackingDan Girardi said he didn't want to call the power play, which had three shots on Tuukka Rask in three chances, "frustrating, but it needs to be better. We need to get good chances and create momentum. We've got to get a goal on the power play. It's a difference-maker and we didn't get one and we lose the game. We definitely have to figure out something with that."