Claude Julien decided not to give his goalie a pep talk after a pratfall in the crease handed the Rangers a goal that had the potential to turn the series around.
Instead, the Bruins coach waited until after Tuukka Rask responded with 28 saves to help Boston beat New York, 3-1, in Game 5 Saturday at TD Garden and advance to the Eastern Conference final.
"That's what I told Tuukka at the end of the game, 'You can start laughing now,' " Julien said after the Bruins followed their seven-game series against Toronto by avoiding a nail-biter against the Rangers.
"We probably played with fire in the first round and almost got burnt," Julien said. "We knew we couldn't let our guard down [against New York]. Because if we did, they would come right back at us."
Gregory Campbell scored twice and recent call-up Torey Krug scored his fourth goal of the series for Boston, which will meet the Penguins for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup. The Bruins reached the third round of the playoffs for the second time since 1992.
The other was 2011, when they won the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Tim Thomas was in goal then, and Rask's playoff memories aren't quite so fond. The 26-year-old Finn was the Bruins' starter when they blew a 3-0 lead in the 2010 East semifinals against Philadelphia, giving up a 3-0 lead in Game 7 as the Flyers advanced.
"We wanted to make sure we ended this series -- for all the right reasons," including rest for players who went to overtime in Game 7 against Toronto, Julien said. "It also gives Tuukka the opportunity to laugh about that goal."
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