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The Boston Bruins' Energy Line came up big in a 2-1 win, as the reeling Rangers now face elimination at home.

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<p><b> One and done? The Boston Bruins can eliminate the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday at 7:00 </b></p>

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<li> The Merlot Line was the difference, and Daniel Paille's speed was key in his game winning goal. He was also sporting the Army Rangers jacket postgame. "Campbell is the earth. Paille is the wind. Thornton is the fire." [<a href="http://espn.go.com/boston/nhl/story/_/id/9300560/first-rate-showing-boston-bruins-fourth-line">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Not-Seventh-Player-Award-Worthy Paille scored the game winning goal after a faceoff win by Shawn Thornton. In playoffs, the Bruins are 6-0 when Paille scores. [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2013/05/22/player-of-the-game-bruins-rangers-game-3/">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins' fourth line > most teams' third. Tuukka Rask squashed the Rangers' initial surge. Johnny Boychuk is on fire. [<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/bruins/post/_/id/12374/three-takeaways-from-game-3">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Starstruck Boychuk asked Jaromir Jagr to introduce him to Wayne Gretzky, who was at the game. [<a href="http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/21/suddenly-a-scorer-bruins-boychuk-wants-to-meet-the-great-one/">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

<li> Don't count out Jagr. Praise for the Fourth Line. Keeping focus. Rookie Ds remain solid. [<a href="http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/bruins/content/20130521-bruins-journal-jagr-remains-valuable-asset.ece">ProvidenceJournal</a>]</li>

<li> A rusty Bob Essensa took to the ice at yesterday's morning skate in place of Rask in a mishmash of borrowed equipment... [<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/bruins/post/_/id/12359/essensa-gets-in-some-goalie-work">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> ... if there's no picture, it didn't happen, so here's the proof. [<a href="https://twitter.com/mike_p_johnson/status/336866614999920641/photo/1">@mike_p_johnson</a>]</li>

<li> It wasn't just us. Others were left questioning the officiating, as the stellar, squeaky-clean Rangers achieved 162 minutes on home ice without a single penalty call. [<a href="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/05/21/nhl-should-review-officiating-in-game-3-of-bruins-rangers-series/">WBZ,CBSLocal</a>]</li>

<li> The Rangers vow to "try again," and acknowledge the spilled blood and lack of penalty calls (and hence the void of Bruins power plays.) [<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/sports/hockey/bruins-score-a-late-goal-and-take-a-commanding-lead.html?_r=0">NewYorkTimes</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins are left in a commanding position, despite 'swallowed whistles.' Dan Girardi continued to struggle, and Chris Kelly was almost the beneficiary. [<a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-05-21/bruins-rangers-game-3-nhl-playoffs-daniel-paille-tuukka-rask-henrik-lundqvist">SportingNews</a>]</li>

<li> But there was no equivocating in the praise for Henrik Lundqvist's performance. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/buckley_bruins_conquer_the_beast">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> The Rangers appeared to be gassed, mentally and physically. Shawn Thornton 's declined challenge to Derek Dorsett, who had been after Brad Marchand, and Milan Lucic's hit on Anton Stralman shifted momentum. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2013/05/22/barry-pederson-on-dc-the-bruins-just-took-over-after-shawn-thorntons-challenge-to-derek-dorsett-went-unanswered/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Thankfully, John Tortorella was not mic'ed up last night, and the Merlot (or "Energy") line appreciates not being numbered. [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/05/22/lundqvist-chokes-on-merlot-bruins-one-game-away-from-a-sweep-of-the-rangers/">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> The questions concerning the Bruins and closing out playoff series still won't entirely go away. [<a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-05-21/tuukka-rask-bruins-rangers-nhl-playoffs-2013-flyers-comeback-2010">SportingNews</a>]</li>

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