NEW YORK — At 8:06 of the third period Thursday night, Tyler Seguin finally scored his first goal of the playoffs. Less than two minutes later, Seguin was in the penalty box when the Rangers scored the tying goal.
Peak, meet valley.
The goal came two seconds after the Rangers had killed off a goalie interference penalty on Ryan McDonagh. Seguin and Dougie Hamilton played give-and-go. Hamilton sent a cross-crease return pass to Seguin.
“He does that a lot,” Seguin said of Hamilton’s clever feed. “You look at some of the goals we’ve scored over this year, even with [David Krejci] or with other guys, he’s good at making that play. You’ve just got to be ready.”
The right wing ripped a shot on goal that Henrik Lundqvist kicked out with his right pad. Seguin found his own rebound and snapped the puck past Lundqvist to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. Seguin punched the glass behind the net to celebrate his goal.
“A little of a sigh of relief,” Seguin said of scoring. “Maybe even a confidence booster. It was nice to finally get one in.”
In 12:16 of ice time, the third-line right wing landed a team-high six shots on goal.
But Seguin was also involved in a game-changing penalty that led to a power-play goal later in the third.
The fourth line was on the ice. Seguin and his third-line mates were ready to take the next shift. Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell went off the ice. Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley hopped over the boards.
Shawn Thornton was the last fourth-liner on the ice. When Thornton skated toward the bench, Seguin rolled over the boards in anticipation of the change.
But Thornton didn’t make it to the bench in time. At 8:55, the Bruins were called for too many men on the ice. Seguin served the penalty.
On the following power play, Brian Boyle tied the game at 3-3.
“I think it was my fault,” Seguin said. “I saw Thorty coming. I hopped over, and I think he got hit. I haven’t seen the replay. He stayed on for an extra second. I don’t know exactly the ruling. Our centerman, whoever was out there, touched the puck, not me. I don’t know if that’s too many men, or if I touch the puck, it’s too many men. Regardless, I think it was a close call. They made me pay for it.”
Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden both sat out Game 4 after participating in the morning skate. Neither defensemen has played in the series, though both are inching closer.
Of the two, Seidenberg would be the more welcome addition. Torey Krug has displaced Redden alongside Adam McQuaid.
At 7:41 of the second period, Krug scored his third goal of the series. The Bruins were on the power play after fourth-line center Kris Newbury was called for goaltender interference after bowling over Tuukka Rask. After taking a pass from Seguin, Krug ripped a shot past Lundqvist to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
If Seidenberg can play in Game 5, Hamilton could be the odd man out. Hamilton set up Seguin for his third-period goal. But Hamilton was on the ice for two of the Rangers’ four goals. Hamilton couldn’t fend off Chris Kreider on the winning overtime sequence.
If Seidenberg is ready, he could be reunited with Zdeno Chara. The other two tandems — Matt Bartkowski with Johnny Boychuk, Krug with McQuaid – would remain unchanged.
Despite the 4-3 overtime loss, the Bruins remain one win away from losing their 2013 first-round pick. The Bruins traded a conditional second-round pick to Dallas along with Lane MacDermid for Jaromir Jagr. The second-round pick would become a first-rounder if the Bruins qualified for the Eastern Conference finals.
Itching to fight
The Rangers tried to draw the Bruins into several fights. Derek Dorsett appeared to ask McQuaid to fight in the first. After the Bruins grabbed a 2-0 lead, Newbury tried to get Thornton to drop his gloves. In the second, Derick Brassard dropped his gloves and attempted to fight Brad Marchand after the pesky winger had thrown two heavy hits. The Bruins didn’t oblige on any of the attempts . . . Nathan Horton scored a power-play goal at 4:39 of the second. Horton assisted on Krug’s power-play goal. But Horton’s linemates had a quiet night during five-on-five play. Milan Lucic didn’t record a shot. Krejci had just one shot . . . Early in overtime, Boychuk flattened Dorsett with an open-ice check. It was Boychuk’s best imitation of the locomotives that rumble through Penn Station under Madison Square Garden . . . Andrew Ference did not participate in Thursday’s morning skate. Ference went through an off-ice workout while his teammates skated. Ference has yet to skate since suffering his lower-body injury on May 10 . . . Chara led all players with 31:52 of ice time.