Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers: It's in the Details
This would be their second meeting of three this season, and while the Bruins are enjoying two wins in the two games played thus far, the Rangers have yet to win a game.
The Rangers went up on a 2-on-1, and Marian Gaborik received the pass to score on Tuukka Rask, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Very shortly after, Gaborik tipped the shot in on the right side to give the Rangers a quick 2-0 lead.
Bruins coach Claude Julien asked for a timeout to calm his team down, as it was clearly flat coming out of the gate—much like the Rangers were in their first meeting just days ago.
NYR's Brad Boyle was called for interference behind the Boston net. Boston has no power-play goal to date, and that stat did not change in this man advantage as the Rangers killed it off.
Boston's Johnny Boychuk gave up the puck to Richards, but Rask saved the shot.
The Rangers were called for hooking, and the Bruins were on the power play for the second time in the opening frame, as Chris Kreider took a seat in the sin bin.
NYR killed off the penalty with little problems, as they were willing to use their bodies to block the shots.
Adam McQuaid and Boyle locked arms and had more of a tussel, but it was the Bruins who were a man short, as McQuaid got the extra two minutes for roughing. The Bruins killed that off.
After 20 minutes of play, the Rangers were up by a pair.
This was a different Ranger squad than the Bruins faced just a few days ago. If the Bruins are looking to keep that winning streak alive, they will need to pick up the pace.
If the Rangers want to get one in the win column, they need to put the pedal to the Bruins, but make sure they don't leave goalie Henrik Lundqvist out to dry. The Rangers know the Bruins are a team who you do not sit back and relax with when you have the lead.
Stall was called for slashing on Milan Lucic early in the period.
Boston's Dougie Hamilton ripped a shot from the point, and just when it got to the front of the net, Brad Marchand tipped the shot past the left side of Lundqvist. The goal was the Bruins' first power-play goal of the young season, and the game was 2-1 for the Rangers.
The Rangers were on the penalty kill again, as Taylor Pyatt was called for tripping. New York killed that one off.
Bruins' captain Zdeno Chara was called for the high stick on countryman Gaborik. There was no blood, so the penalty was for two minutes. Boston was able to kill off the penalty.
Lucic tied the game at two apiece when the Rangers were caught on a bad line change, and it turned into a four-on-two for the Bruins. Lucic grabbed his own rebound and backhanded past Lundqvist's left side.
Pyatt scored seconds later by recovering his own rebound and popped a 5-hole on Rask. The game was now 3-2, Rangers.
Mike Rupp was called for roughing, and it negated the goal that occurred shortly after, as the whistle blew just as the Rangers gained possession. But the Blue Shirts seemed to have missed it among the din of the crowd's noise.
Just as the Rangers killed off the penalty, Rupp skated in and caused the start of a small flurry of shots on Rask, but the Boston netminder prevented further damage.
The Bruins started to apply a load of pressure on the Rangers' net, but Lundqvist was up to the task, and the period ended with the score one goal closer at 3-2 for New York.
Aaron Johnson was called for tripping early in the period, and the Rangers went on the power play.
Ranger Dan Girardi was rubbed from behind and threw himself at the boards to get the boarding call. McQuaid went to the box to give the Rangers a lengthy 5-on-3. While the action of Girardi's swan dive was blatantly embellished, it was the correct textbook call since McQuaid did get him in the numbers.
There were more chances for the Bruins than there were for the Rangers, as New York did not get a shot on Rask during the two-man advantage. The Rangers looked like they were running out of gas at some points of the final frame, but they were keeping the Bruins off the scoresheet to that point.
Chris Kelly was called for interference, but Rick Nash grabbed Kelly just before he went down so he went for holding—which provided the offsetting minors.
With less than five minutes to play, Nathan Horton received a pass from Gregory Campbell and wrested a shot from top of the right faceoff circle. He beat Lundqvist through the wickets, and the game was tied at three.
Daniel Paille was told to take a seat for tripping, and the Rangers had the late chance to go ahead. However, they couldn't capitalize on the man advantage.
Rask was standing on his head to keep his team in it. It paid off as the game went into overtime, giving each team a point. This would be New York's first point of the season and of course, it wants more.
It didn't take long for the Rangers to get their wish. Kelly passed back to Andrew Ference at the blue line, but the puck was flipping, and it went over his stick. Gaborik jumped on the mistake and went off to the races.
His first shot was stopped by Rask, but the puck rolled up, and Gaborik's stick-handling ability allowed him to pop the puck over Rask's left arm to end the game at 4-3. The game-winning goal was also a hat trick for Gaborik.
It was a heck of a game, and we look forward to seeing more of this in the coming days. The Bruins showed a never-quit attitude, and the Rangers played with a great start. While they bent over under the Bruins' pressure, they did not break, which earned them their first win.
The rubber matchup for the regular season between these two will be on Boston ice at the Garden on February 12th.
The next matchup for the Bruins will be at home with the other NY team, the New York Islanders, on January 25th.
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