A look at No. 4 Bruins vs. No. 6 Rangers
No. 4 BOSTON BRUINS (28-14-6) vs. No. 6 NEW YORK RANGERS (26-18-4)
2013 series record: New York 2-1-0 (2 wins in overtime).
Playoff History: Boston 6-3. Last meeting: New York 4-1 in 1973 quarterfinals.
How they got here: Boston defeated Toronto 4-3. New York defeated Washington 4-3.
BOSTON: The Bruins will be riding an emotional high after erasing a three-goal deficit in the third period of Game 7 against Toronto and winning in overtime just as they were on the brink of blowing a 3-1 series lead. ... Former Rangers star Jaromir Jagr assisted on Patrice Bergeron's tying goal in the final minute of regulation and finished the series with four assists. Bergeron also scored the winning tally, giving him three goals in the series. ... David Krejci, who had two assists in the comeback, led Boston with five goals and 13 points. ... This is one of two Original Six matchups in the conference semifinals. Chicago will face Detroit in the West. ... Boston will present a physical challenge to New York, led by hulking defenseman Zdeno Chara. ... Tuukka Rask stood tall after Boston fell far behind, but finished with 24 saves in Game 7. He allowed 18 goals in the series.
NEW YORK: The Rangers are in the second round of the playoffs for the second straight year, and they got there by winning a Game 7 on the road for the first time (1-5) -- stunning Washington 5-0. It was the only road victory for either team. New York trailed the series 3-2 before Henrik Lundqvist posted back-to-back shutouts to keep the Rangers alive. He won Game 6 at home 1-0 and stopped all 62 shots he faced in the final two games. Lundqvist yielded 12 goals in the seven games. ... Before breaking out in Game 7, the Rangers had struggled to score -- netting 11 goals in the first six games and only two in three losses in Washington. ... New York will need to get more production from key forwards Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards, who combined for only two goals in the first round. Derick Brassard, a trade deadline pickup, had two assists in Game 7 and led the club with nine points. ... The Rangers will also try to fix a power play that went 2-for-28 vs. Washington.
OUTLOOK: This could be an old-time classic. Home ice will be key again. Boston has that advantage. Bruins in 7.