The playoffs come down to teams' goaltending, physical play and special teams prowess. Those are the main criteria we'll touch on in this second conference semi-final preview.
The Bruins get two days to recover from their historic Game 7 comeback win vs. Toronto. This Cup quarterfinal series may not be as physical as the previous series for Boston but it should come fairly close. Rangers coach John Torterella wants his team to play physical. Look for the Blueshirts to target the B's defensemen on the forecheck, with the intent of wearing down the likes of Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk, both of whom saw heavy minutes in Game 7 with fellow blueliner Dennis Seidenberg forced to leave the game with an apparent left leg injury just 37 seconds into the contest. Boston played Game 7 without both Andrew Ference and Wade Redden on the back end and now face the prospect of playing Game 1 without t
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