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Bruins finish off Rangers to advance to East final

Center Gregory Campbell and three Rangers — goalie Henrik Lundqvist, defenseman Steve Eminger and wing Derek Dorsett — watch Campbell’s shot go in to put the Bruins ahead 2-1 in the second.

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Center Gregory Campbell and three Rangers — goalie Henrik Lundqvist, defenseman Steve Eminger and wing Derek Dorsett — watch Campbell’s shot go in to put the Bruins ahead 2-1 in the second.

BOSTON — Gregory Campbell scored the go-ahead goal and an empty-net goal as the Bruins beat the Rangers 3-1 to win the East semifinal in five Saturday.

In the East final, Boston faces Pittsburgh. The series schedule has not been determined.

"(The Rangers) played hard. They're built similar to us," Campbell said. "They rely on everybody, and they really play a man's game. It was a physical series."

Boston tied it at 1 on a power play when Torey Krug scored his fourth goal of the series. Krug, 22, is the first rookie defenseman in the post-expansion era (since 1967-68) to score four goals in his first five playoff games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I just try to go out and play my game and, hopefully, make an impact," said Krug, who was in the American Hockey League until two days before the series began. "I'm just trying to contribute any chance I get."

About 10 minutes after Krug's goal, Campbell put in a loose puck during a goal-mouth scramble.

"It's just an empty feeling and disappointment," Rangers goalie Henrik Lund­qvist said. "Some years, you don't really have a chance to go that far in the playoffs. You just battle hard. This year, we had a pretty good team."

New York scratched ex-Lightning star center Brad Richards for the second straight game.

Chicago stays alive

CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw scored power-play goals in the second period as the Blackhawks avoided elimination with a 4-1 win over the Red Wings. They still trail the West semifinal series 3-2.

"We had to play desperate," said Shaw, whose team had 45 shots on goal. "The guys came out hard. We've got to carry this momentum into Game 6."

Tied at 1, Shaw tipped Duncan Keith's shot past Jimmy Howard. Then Toews wristed a shot off Howard's mask and into the upper right corner. It was Toews' first goal in 10 playoff games this season.

"We have the mentality and the guys to refocus," Wings defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo said.

"We'll have a good day (today) and get ready for Monday."

Coyotes sale: The league finalized its sale of the Coyotes to Canadian investors, the Associated Press and TSN reported. But the deal is contingent on reaching a lease agreement for the arena, which is owned by the city of Glendale. Several sales have fallen through over the lease.

Lightning: Russian right wing Valeri Nichushkin, the second-best player available in the draft, according to the International Scouting Service, said he has talked to the team. "I know that Tampa Bay and Nashville want to choose me," he said. "I hope that one of the first five teams will pick me." The Lightning has the No. 3 pick in the June 30 draft, the Predators No. 4.

Crunch falls: Syracuse, the Lightning's AHL team, lost 4-2 to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Penguins' team, in Game 1 of the East final. It was the Crunch's first loss after sweeping its first two series.

Blackhawks 1 2 1 4
Red Wings 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Chicago, Bickell 4 (Kane, Handzus), 14:08. PenaltiesStalberg, Chi (hooking), 7:20; Colaiacovo, Det (holding), 17:50.

Second Period2, Detroit, Cleary 4 (Zetterberg), 9:37. 3, Chicago, Shaw 2 (Keith, Seabrook), 13:08 (pp). 4, Chicago, Toews 1 (Hossa, Keith), 15:47 (pp). PenaltiesAbdelkader, Det (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:14; Bolland, Chi (tripping), 5:14; Kindl, Det (roughing), 8:14; Stalberg, Chi (roughing), 8:14; Miller, Det (hooking), 11:39; Abdelkader, Det (cross-checking), 15:35; Bolland, Chi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:42.

Third Period5, Chicago, Shaw 3 (Stalberg, Rozsival), 6:58. PenaltiesFrolik, Chi (elbowing), 11:34; Keith, Chi (roughing), 19:33. Shots on GoalDetroit 11-11-4—26. Chicago 12-16-17—45. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 0 of 4; Chicago 2 of 3. GoaliesDetroit, Howard 7-5-0 (45 shots-41 saves). Chicago, Crawford 6-4-0 (26-25).

Bruins 0 2 1 3
Rangers 1 0 0 1
Bruins 0 2 1 3
Rangers 1 0 0 1

First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Girardi 2 (Zuccarello, Boyle), 10:39 (pp). PenaltiesDorsett, NYR, minor-major (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 6:49; Thornton, Bos, minor-major (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 6:49; Krejci, Bos (cross-checking), 9:45.

Second Period2, Boston, Krug 4 (Seguin, Marchand), 3:48 (pp). 3, Boston, Campbell 2 (Thornton, Paille), 13:41. PenaltiesZuccarello, NYR (hooking), 2:37; Bartkowski, Bos (tripping), 6:39; Dorsett, NYR (slashing), 18:53.

Third Period4, Boston, Campbell 3 (Horton), 19:09 (en). PenaltiesDorsett, NYR (tripping), 2:28. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 8-9-12—29. Boston 9-15-8—32. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 1 of 2; Boston 1 of 3. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 5-7-0 (31 shots-29 saves). Boston, Rask 8-4-0 (29-28).

Bruins finish off Rangers to advance to East final 05/25/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:07am]
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