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Tuukka Rask's fumble kept the Rangers in the game and the series.
The Boston Bruins have had control of their playoff series against the New York Rangers. After three wins, here's where the situation starts to get interesting.
The Bruins are just 7-13 under Claude Julien in playoff games where they can close out a series. Most recently, after leading 3-1, they handed the Toronto Maple Leafs two wins—and almost a third—before winning their Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Back in 2010, Boston suffered an epic collapse in Round 2 against Philadelphia, going up 3-0 before losing the series 4-3.
The specter of those past performances loomed over Thursday's Game 4, and it looked like the Bruins felt the pressure. After grabbing a 2-0 lead in the game, an uncharacteristic miscue by Tuukka Rask put the puck directly on Carl Hagelin's stick for an easy goal.
Derek Stepan tied the game early in the third with a sneaky steal off Zdeno Chara's stick behind the net, quickly tucking the puck into the open side of the net. Finally, Chris Kreider undressed reliable rookie Dougie Hamilton in overtime to pot the winner and keep the Rangers alive.
One could argue that the Bruins beat themselves—again—in Game 4. Will they bring their top game to the TD Garden on Saturday and close out the Rangers in five?