Dan Girardi on ice for all five Bruins goals
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BOSTON -- Usually, sliding on your stomach on the ice is fun. Just ask a penguin.
But Dan Girardi didn't enjoy being in that position Sunday when Milan Lucic scored the Bruins' final goal in a 5-2 victory over the Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at TD Garden.
Girardi was on the ice -- not on his stomach, but playing defense -- for all five of Boston's goals and finished with a minus-4 rating. Fellow defenseman Michael Del Zotto was out there for four. It's one of the reasons the Rangers are facing an 0-2 deficit going into Tuesday night's Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.
"The third and fourth goals are defendable," coach John Tortorella said. "We made coverage mistakes."
The Rangers went into the third period trailing 3-2 and feeling good about their chances. Then Brad Marchand took a pass from Patrice Bergeron and beat Henrik Lundqvist 26 seconds into the period to give Boston a two-goal lead.
The goal was almost a replay of the Bruins' game-winning tally in overtime of Game 1. On Sunday, Marchand got behind Girardi, who was watching the puck and not his man.
"We felt really good going into the third," Tortorella said, "and to have that type of goal go in, just a two-on-two, it hurts you."
Said Girardi: "That pass there -- I don't think there's much room, but obviously I have to be either on the strong side blocking that or on Marchand's stick. That really put us behind the eight-ball and it's really tough for me to swallow right now."
Girardi also was involved in Boston's second goal, which came after rookie defenseman Torey Krug fired a shot that hit Girardi's skate. Gregory Campbell scored on the rebound at 2:24 of the second to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
But the Rangers came right back to tie it when Rick Nash scored his first of the playoffs at 3:20. Girardi picked up an assist on the goal.
Even though Johnny Boychuk gave Boston a 3-2 lead at 12:08, the Rangers went into intermission thinking they still were in it.
"Our second was our best period of the playoffs, I think," Girardi said. "We created a lot of turnovers, a lot of chances. It's just a tough way to end there in the third. . . . I think we [had] a pretty good game other than -- obviously -- some of the goals."
Lundqvist, who was serenaded with chants of his last name from the Boston fans, didn't pull any punches when asked what happened in front of him.
"I thought I was in position, but a couple screens -- and when you give up five goals, you can't be satisfied, obviously," he said. "You have to look at the way they scored goals, too. It's about teamwork out there, and today it didn't really work for us. We just have to talk it through and I have to be better and the guys in front of me have to step it up as well."