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New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins takes place in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 5 on Saturday afternoon, with the Rangers knowing they are on the brink and can afford nothing but a win in today's game. Things are scheduled to start at 5.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Bruins looked likely to sweep the series, having gone 3-0 up, most had thought things would have been over on Thursday night. However, even though the Rangers looked like a dead team skating they showed a bit more fight than in previous games, and analysts everywhere were left stunned when a Chris Kreider overtime winner gave the Rangers their first win in the series and brought us to Game 5.
The Rangers will know they are still in the last chance saloon, and they will have to win again tonight just to force a Game 6. Thursday's win came at Madison Square Garden, but today they are in Boston, and the Bruins are the overwhelming favorites to finish things off today.
The Rangers had looked dead in the water, having overhauled their lineup, dropping $60 million man Brad Richards, and also had a weakened defense with no Anton Stralman. However, strange things happen in this game and Thursday result will have given the New York players hope that they can continue to defy critics.
But the Rangers probably will need luck to be on their side again tonight as it was on Thursday, when they benefited from an uncharacteristic turnover from Zdeno Chara, as well as an inexplicable fall by Tuukka Rask. Brian Boyle scored a third which allowed the Rangers to move into overtime.
Although the Bruins are hot favorites to win this series, if the Rangers can pull off one more shock today, then things will certainly become very interesting.
New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins is scheduled to start at 5.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.