Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Where Series Stands: The New York Rangers managed to hijack Game 4, giving themselves a little bit of life in the series. The deficit is still 3-1 for the Blueshirts, though.
New York Strengths: Guts and goaltending. In Game 4, the Rangers went down by two goals, stormed back, and went down a goal again, only to even things back. Then to find the will to win in overtime—that's a gutsy game. The goals weren't pretty, but they were enough support to get Henrik Lundqvist the victory.
Boston Strengths: Depth and time. The Boston Bruins knew it'd be tough to eliminate the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, and the fluky goals that they gave up made matters much harder. Between Tuukka Rask's gaffe and a weak play by Zdeno Chara that ended up in the back of the net, things couldn't have gone more sideways for the B's. Games like this don't typically happen twice in a row, however, and the Bruins have time on their side here.
New York X-Factor: Brad Richards. Say what you will about Coach John Tortorella, he managed to milk a win out of his team in Game 4, and he did so with (allegedly) one of his best offensive weapons in a press box high above ice level. Still, Richards has a Stanley Cup ring, a Conn Smythe trophy and a lot of pride. There's no way Torts doesn't insert him back into the lineup after the benching and subsequent wake-up call.
Boston X-Factor: Tyler Seguin. He finally scored a goal in Game 4 after taking more than 40 shots before finding the back of the net in these playoffs. With the pressure of the first goal off the back of the 21-year-old, more are sure to come—likely before the end of this series.
Prediction: I hate pitching in against an underdog. My heart says Rangers and my brain says Bruins. The B's aren't likely to let New York climb back into this thing after what happened in Round 1. They'll come up with their best effort of the series, Rask will be much better and they'll close out the feisty Rangers.