After the Bruins played one of their worst games of the postseason, and the Rangers came up with one of their best (luckiest?), there's no reason to panic in Boston about a 3-0 series lead being cut to 3-1. Right? Right?
The Rangers stole a game because they did things they haven't been doing. Brian Boyle scored the tying goal on a power play—New York is now 3-for-42 with the man advantage in these playoffs. The OT game-winning goal came on a rush sparked by Derek Stepan winning a faceoff in his own zone—the Rangers have been dominated on faceoffs all series. But these aren't necessarily just good breaks. The Rangers deserves some credit for doing things right, finally. Unlike their first goal, the definition of a fluke:
Henrik Lundqvist called it “probably the ugliest goal I’ve ever seen.” Carl Hagelin's shot was deflected and slowed down enough to put Tuukka Rask on his backside, as the puck comically trickled past his futile stick-wave. That got the Rangers on the scoreboard, at a point they were down 2-0 and looked resigned to the offseason.
A goal like that isn't going to happen again. Or at least, not three more times, since these things run seven games for a reason. The Bruins have been the better team all series, were the better team for most of last night (at one point leading the Rangers in shots 21-8), and New York hasn't won four in a row since early March. Unless Brad Richards in street clothes is a good-luck charm, Boston still has the overwhelming advantage.
Still: history! Recent, largely irrelevant history! It was these Bruins (not these exact same humans, but guys wearing the same sweaters) that choked up a 3-0 series lead to Philadelphia in 2010—beginning with a similarly deflected overtime goal in Game 4. It was these Bruins that nearly let a 3-1 series lead slip away in the first round, until Toronto choked harder than Boston could.