The Bruins like to do things the hard way and John Tortorella’s New York Rangers like to make the game hard to watch, so get used to more close encounters of the one-goal kind.
It could be the theme of this playoff showdown between two teams who share an evangelical devotion to defense and aren’t separated by much talent-wise. The Bruins are going to need all the goal-scoring they can get in this series because it’s not going to come easy. If Game 1 was any indication the ruler of this series is going to be the one who wins the game of inches. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.