New York Rangers Eke out 4-3 Shootout Win over Boston Bruins
The New York Rangers escaped from Boston with the two points after blowing a 3-0 lead in the third period. The Bruins scored twice with the empty net to force overtime, but New York had the last laugh in the shootout, earning the 4-3 victory.
Though Boston controlled the early play, the Rangers claimed the early lead by way of a miraculous Rick Nash assist that set up Carl Hagelin for an early goal. The Rangers doubled their lead by way of a Derek Stepan snipe in the second, and they picked up a third goal early in the final period when a harmless-looking Anton Stralman shot snuck through Tuukka Rask's legs.
Rask played his worst game of the season for the Bruins, though he showed tremendous composure late in the contest. Henrik Lundvist, on the other hand, was dominant for nearly three periods. He looked unbeatable until David Krejci finally put one past him midway through the third.
The Bruins peppered him with 40 shots, eventually cracking the defending Vezina Trophy winner in the final minutes. With the extra-attacker on the ice, Nathan Horton pulled the Bruins within one with just 1:31 remaining in regulation. Less than a minute later, Brad Marchand slotted home his team-leading seventh goal of the year to force overtime.
In the extra session, Rask made up for his earlier mistakes with a few huge saves. With neither side able to break the deadlock, the game required a shootout.
Rick Nash put the Rangers on the brink with a dazzling move to beat Rask, but moments later Brad Marchand drew the Bruins even for the second time on the evening.
In the end, it was Rangers captain Ryan Callahan who rescued his team from an embarrassing collapse by converting his shootout opportunity. Callahan's goal gave the Rangers their third straight win.
After a slow start John Tortorella's club has improved to 7-5-0, and they look prepared to make a legitimate charge towards the top of the Atlantic Division. Though the final two minutes of the game will provide plenty of concern, the majority of the game was vintage Rangers hockey. This team should not be underestimated.
Meanwhile, the Bruins must be ecstatic to steal a point from this one. Although they created plenty of chances, Boston failed to create lethal opportunities until late in the game. Despite their struggles, the club is now 8-1-2, sitting well within striking distance of the conference lead. The Bruins should be tremendously proud of the resilience that helped them overcome a daunting three-goal deficit.
For now, the Rangers have won the three-game season series between these Original Six rivals, but the Bruins claimed the only regulation win, coming from behind to force OT in the other two contests. The next time that these familiar foes meet could be in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
1. Rick Nash - NYR
Rick Nash's unbelievable first period assist to Carl Hagelin stole Boston's momentum and allowed New York to take over the game. His shootout effort will find its way onto SportsCenter's Top Plays tomorrow morning.
2. Brad Marchand - BOS
We knew Brad Marchand was clutch when he scored two goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals as a rookie. He struck again against New York. His team-leading seventh goal forced overtime with 42 seconds remaining, and his sudden-death snipe kept the Bruins alive in the shootout.
3. Henrik Lundqvist - NYR
King Henrik was unbeatable for most of the game, making 37 saves. Allowing two goals in the final two minutes was disappointing, but he made up for it with big stops in the shootout.
Assisted by Rick Nash, Dan Girardi
Ryan Callahan wins it with the wrist shot!
Krejci misses wide of the net on the backhand. Rangers can win it with a goal.
BRAD MARCHAND TIES IT!
He got the equalizer in regulation and the shootout. SNIPE.
Then a save by Rask on Brad Richards.
Rick Nash scores an incredible deke. The late swerve gave him a wide-open net!
Patrice Bergeron gets stopped looking five-hole. Still 0-0.
Rask makes the pad save on Gaborik to keep things even!
Lundqvist makes the save!
Seguin slowed down and took the wrister on the glove side.
Tyler Seguin to shoot first!
Tuukka Rask showed tremendous composure after giving up soft goal to Stralman early in the third. Meanwhile, Lundqvist crumbles late after dominant 2.5 periods.
New York Rangers 3, Boston Bruins 3. Shootout!
The most exciting way to end a hockey game, also the most nerve-racking.
Rask is 2-0 in shootouts this year with wins over Winnipeg and New Jersey. Lundqvist hasn't been in a shootout yet.
Ryan McDonagh just went five-hole on Rask but missed the net. Nearly ended it for the Rangers!
A few decent chances for both teams in the first half of OT.
2:00 left before a shootout...
CSNNE's Joe Haggety reminds us of Boston's third period dominance:
With tonight's heart of a champion display, the Bruins outscoring their opponent by a 15-5 margin in 3rd periods this yr. By far their best— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 13, 2013
The Rangers haven't blow a 3-0 third period lead since January 4th of 1991 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, nine months before I was born.
What an unbelievable comeback. Late goals with the net empty by Horton and Marchand to force OT!
BRAD MARCHAND SCORES WITH 42.3 SECONDS LEFT!
Two Bruins goals with Rask on the bench. We could have overtime!
New York Rangers 3, Boston Bruins 2, 1:20 Third Period.
Time ticking down, Boston looking for the equalizer...
The Bruins score with the extra skater! Nathan Horton! One mInute Remaining.
Pretty passing play from Bergeron, Seguin and Marchand, but the shot goes wide.
New York Rangers 3, Boston Bruins 1. 6:33 Third Period.
The Bruins have 33 shots but only one goal. They will probably need a quick one to have a real chance at this comeback.
New York Rangers 3, Boston Bruins 1. 9:54 Third Period.
Does this one have a wild finish on deck?
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