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May 25, 2013

Refocused Rask ready for Rangers, Game 5

BOSTON — Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask saw the replay of his Game 4 gaffe over and over on television.

“I saw it in my head, too,” he said Friday, a day after he fell in the crease and allowed a goal that helped the New York Rangers stay alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals. “You can either cry about it or laugh about it. I choose to have a sense of humor.”

That attitude will help when the Bruins try for a second time to finish the series at the TD Garden in Game 5 on Saturday. The Rangers would need a win to force the series back to Madison Square Garden for a sixth game on Monday.

“We want to do the pushing now,” Rangers forward Michael Haley said. “Put out some hits and get a good forecheck and get the energy in our favor.”

The Bruins took a 3-0 lead into the fourth game of the best-of-seven series on Thursday night, and Nathan Horton and Torey Krug scored in the second period to give Boston the lead. But just 54 seconds after the Bruins went up 2-0, Rask stumbled in the crease and fell just as Carl Hagelin backhanded a shot on net.

Rask swiped at the puck with his stick, but it was moving so slowly it eluded him.

“Probably the ugliest goal I have ever seen turned it around for us, and that’s hockey,” Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. “A save or a goal or one shift can change everything. It was an ugly goal. Sometimes that’s all you need to get us going, to get the building going. We kind of lowered our shoulders a little bit and started playing our game.”

Rask gave up another soft goal — with help from an uncharacteristic turnover by defenseman Zdeno Chara. The 2009 Norris Trophy winner was stripped of the puck behind the Bruins net, and Derek Stepan wrapped it into the net behind the unsuspecting Rask to tie it 2-2.

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