The Boston Bruins should have taken a harmless hint from the New York Rangers at the 4:10 mark of Wednesday night’s first period. That was when goaltender Tuukka Rask needed to scramble to slam the door on Rick Nash and Marian Gaborik as they crashed the net on a Brad Richards rebound that caught him off guard.
When he did and when video review confirmed there was no evidence to suggest a goal, Gaborik retained zero points on the year to match his team’s shape in the standings. But one of those trends only lived for one more play and 26 more seconds.
The unlearned Bruins let an unsupervised Gaborik, the topmost personification of the perilously wounded Rangers, swoop in and absorb a cross-ice Nash feed, which he roofed over a sprawling Rask at 4:36.
Play did not stop again until Boston iced the puck at 6:14. That freeze brought the Gaborik-Richards-Nash line out for its next shift, at which point the Bruins proved they still had not absorbed the consequences of flimsy coverage.
Gaborik continued to unleash the wave of carbonation that had been stored since the season opener on Saturday, raking in a rebound at 6:49.
Afterward, the Bruins finally did perk up and proceeded to delete 2-0 and 3-2 deficits en route to salvaging a 3-3 regulation tie. But in the resultant overtime, Gaborik made sure they did not entirely escape from their earlier errors, depositing the winner on a partial breakaway.
With the overriding symmetric story set, here is a deeper look at the top takeaways for a mixed evening on Boston’s front. For multiple reasons, they were fortunate to remain technically unbeaten through three games in 2013.