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May 17, 2013

Bruins take Game 1 advantage

agateHed:Bruins 3, Rangers 2, OT

Game 1 winner: Brad Marchand capped a two-on-one rush by slamming home a slick pass from Patrice Bergeron.

Stepping up: It was the second consecutive match that Bergeron made the overtime highlights. The veteran center scored the final two goals in the Game 7 victory over Toronto that propelled the Bruins into the conference semifinals.

Making his mark: Defenseman Torey Krug, who played in one regular-season match, made his NHL postseason debut two days after being recalled from the AHL Providence Bruins. The rookie made a case for remaining with the Bruins with a big-time, power-play goal that tied the match with 17:05 left in the second.

Playing extra: The Bruins were forced past regulation for the third time in eight postseason games. In the quarterfinal victory over Toronto, Boston won a pair in overtime, winning 4-3 in Game 4 and 5-4 in Game 7.

Local connection: New York center and Boxford native Chris Kreider, who graduated from Phillips Academy, dished out three hits but had no shots in 11:37 of ice time.

Head standing: Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who led New York’s quarterfinal victory by holding Washington scoreless in Games 6 and 7, ran his shutout streak to 152:23. Chara snapped the run with his monster slap shot that provided the Bruins with a 1-0 lead with 7:37 left in the second period.

And a little more: New York’s veteran goalie, who stopped the first 15 shots he faced in overtime, saved his best for the end of regulation when Boston had a power-play opportunity for 95 of the final 103 seconds of the third. Chara fired two missiles that Lundqvist turned away.

A look ahead: The teams return to the TD Garden ice for Game 2 at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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