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The Boston Bruins have shifted into high gear in a defining Bruins team win over the Rangers.

Jared Wickerham

<p><b> The Boston Bruins appear to have hit their stride, shifting into the higher gear that had been sought all season. On to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, the Bruins now lead the series 2-0:</b></p>

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<li> The Boston Bruins 5-2 matinee win over the New York Rangers yesterday made a decisive statement. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/bruins_make_a_statement_with_rousing_game_2_win_over_rangers">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Here's the game in a nutshell. [<a href="http://hockeyjournal.com/blog/blackGold/Postgame_Breakdown-_Bruins_light_up_Lundqvist_in_Game_2_win">NewEnglandHockeyJournal</a>]</li>

<li> In praise of Johnny Boychuk, who has taken a beating this series, he tops the NHL is blocked shots... [<a href="http://www.masslive.com/bruins/index.ssf/2013/05/boston_bruins_defenseman_johnny_boychuk_a_true_playoff_warrior.html">MassLive</a>]</li>

<li> ...and Boychuk netted the game winning goal on a Patrice Bergeron screen, not that he wants to get cocky or "go into New York and lay an egg." [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/on_target_johnny_boychuk_nets_winner">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Jaromir Jagr was working out alone after the win, putting in extra ice time. [<a href="http://nesn.com/2013/05/jaromir-jagr-not-content-with-bruins-2-0-lead-over-rangers-put-in-practice-time-alone-three-hours-after-bruins-win-photo/">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> Gregory Campbell was wearing the Army Rangers jacket after his goal on a nifty skill pass from Torey Krug and after having dropped the gloves with Derek Dorsett. [<a href="http://bruins.nhl.com/club/m_blogs.htm?id=17757">Bruins.NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Barry Pederson thinks the vaunted shot blocking of the Rangers may not actually be helping Henrik Lundqvist, Adam McQuaid had a solid game, and what may happen with the rookies as Wade Redden, Dennis Seidenberg, and Andrew Ference return. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2013/05/20/barry-pederson-on-dc-rangers-shot-blocking-style-causing-problems-for-henrik-lundqvist/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Lundqvist has appeared surprisingly human, and Rask has been "quietly solid" in the series so far. [<a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/dj-bean/2013/05/19/tuukka-rask-outplaying-henrik-lundqvist">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Peter Chiarelli spoke with Jack Edwards about the rookie defensemen, Tuukka Rask, and said Zdeno Chara was "a monster" and he could "not say enough" about him. [<a href="http://nesn.com/2013/05/peter-chiarelli-says-zdeno-chara-has-been-a-monster-in-last-two-playoff-games-video/">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> So Zdeno Chara is not a good captain? We at Stanley Cup of Chowder beg to differ. [<a href="http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2013/5/18/4340868/chara-owns-and-is-a-fantastic-captain">StanleyCupofChowder</a>]</li>

<li> Jimmy Murphy has courteously acknowledged our dissenting opinion. [<a href="https://twitter.com/MurphysLaw74/status/335910377403584512">@MurphysLaw74</a>]</li>

<li> Torey Krug had a goal and assist, and showed fancy footwork. David Krejci is in the Conn Smyth Watch. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars-anderson-shines-sens-comeback-krug-044222624.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> And Krug is an NHL Star. [<a href="http://www.nhl.com/">NHL</a>]</li>

<li> C'mon, do we NEED 40 reasons to love Tuukka Rask? [<a href="http://jurassicwars.blogspot.com/2013/05/40-reasons-to-love-tuukka-rask-in-case.html?m=1">JurassicWars</a>]</li>

<li> Jack Edwards will participate in a live chat at noon today! [<a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/2013/05/chat_with_jack.html">Boston.com</a>]</li>

<li> Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden were on ice for team practice this morning, only Andrew Ference was absent. [<a href="https://twitter.com/NHLBruins/status/336490387034238978">@NHLBruins^CS</a>]</li>

<li> Say goodbye to the Leafs, and hello Rangers. And bye for now, "agreeably hysterical" Jack Edwards. [<a href="http://puckbuddys.com/2013/05/18/round-2-bruins-vs-rangers/">PuckBuddys</a>]</li>

<li> C'Mon, Ref! tackles the "puck over the glass' rule. [<a href="http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/kerry_fraser/?id=423412">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> Plucky Mikhail Grabovski spoke about the Leafs postseason (and biting Max Pacioretty.) Sore losers never win against officials. Why the Rangers may wish to learn to defend the Bergeron/Marchand play that has resulted in two goals so far. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/teams/bos/blogs">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

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