NHL Wrap: Bruins take 3-0 series lead over Rangers

NHL Wrap: Bruins take 3-0 series lead over Rangers
May 22, 2013, 1:30 am
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The Colorado Avalanche are looking for a new coach, and they may find him in Patrick Roy, a Hall of Fame goaltender who led the franchise to two Stanley Cup titles (see notes).

Here's a wrap of Tuesday's Stanley Cup playoff action:

Bruins take 3-0 series lead
NEW YORK -- It took 40 years for Original Six rivals Boston and New York to face off again in the playoffs.

Beantown's Bruins seem intent on wrapping up the long-awaited get-together in a hurry.

Daniel Paille scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:31 left in the third period - after defenseman Johnny Boychuk got the Bruins even earlier in the frame - and Boston put the Rangers on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night.

Boston leads the series 3-0 and can advance to the conference finals as early as Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Only three NHL teams have rallied from an 0-3 hole to advance.

However, the Philadelphia Flyers did it to the Bruins in 2010 in this round.

"We can talk about it all we want, but that's in the past," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We had to live with that and we still have to live with that" (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Sharks pull even with Kings
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Thornton set the tone for the San Jose Sharks with a dominant first period. After that, the Sharks did their best to hang on and tie up their playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings.

Thornton set up Brent Burns' first-period goal and Logan Couture added a power-play goal early in the second to give the Sharks just enough offense to beat the Kings 2-1 Tuesday night to knot their series at two games.

"He's our leader for a reason," Burns said of Thornton. "Everybody keeps saying it. He's one of the hardest workers we have in here. It's awesome to play with him when he's playing like that. It's a lot of fun."

The Sharks outshot the Kings 15-3 in the opening period before falling into a shell the second half of the game, managing just four shots in the final 36:05 after taking a 2-0 lead (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

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