The goal is to get to the goalie.

The Bruins will throw bodies in waves at Henrik Lundqvist in this second-round Stanley Cup playoff series aiming to rattle the Rangers’ best player, who is coming off consecutive shutouts in Games 6 and 7 against the Washington Capitals.

“It’s the playoffs, it’s going to be bumpy,” Lundqvist said with a grin after Wednesday’s practice in Greenburgh.

So beginning in Game 1 Thursday night at TD Garden, the Rangers must brace to defend their King while taking the same hard-nosed approach to disrupting Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask.

Whichever team wins the Battle of the Crease will win the series.

“They’ve got a lot of size up front, a little bit more than Washington’s,” defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. “A lot of their goals are scored right around the front of the net, so that’s one area we’ve been talking about is keeping them to the outside and not letting them set up there in front of Hank. When there are pucks, you’ve got to try and find sticks, find that puck and clear it. That’s a huge battle ground, and we want to get in front of their goaltender, as well.”

Boston winger Milan Lucic, a 6-4, 220-pound Canadian moose, embodies his team’s physical imposition. In Monday night’s three-goal, third-period Game 7 comeback to eliminate the Maple Leafs, Lucic cleared a freeway at the top of the crease to bang home a rebound with 1:22 remaining in regulation.

On Feb. 12, in the Rangers’ last of three meetings with the Bruins (2-1-0), Boston forwards David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand all scored on rebounds or ricochets to erase a 3-0 lead at the end of two periods. The Rangers won, 4-3, in a shootout, and both teams look much different post-trade deadline, but the Bruins’ formula hasn’t changed.

Since Boston’s size and grit permeate its forward lines, John Tortorella likely will split top-pair defensemen McDonagh and Dan Girardi to open the series to better balance the Rangers’ physical response.