Boston Bruins are coming off of a 3-2 loss against the New York Islanders last night at the TD Garden to come to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers.
The Rangers have won the last four meetings between the two teams, two this season on Jan.21 and February 14.
Scratches: Nathan Horton(concussion) Andrew Ference(lower body) Daniel Paille (upper body) Tuukka Rask(knee injury)Mike Mottau(healthy)Rich Peverley (MCL Sprain)
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand- Patrice Bergeron – Brian Rolston
Benoit Pouliot- Chris Kelly – Jordan Caron
Lane MacDermid-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara -Johnny BOychuk
Joe Corvo – Dennis Seidenberg
Adam McQuaid -Greg Zanon
Goaltenders: Tim Thomas(BOS) Henrik Lundvquist (NYR)
Rangers win the face-off and the game is underway.
Shot from the point by McQuaid, but Lundqvist kicked it away.
First NHL game and Lane MacDermid goes against heavy hitter Mike Rupp! He landed some really nice punches, hammering him and gets the take down, not bad for a first-timer. Impressive for his first shift.(He’s proved to Bruins fans he is better than Corvo and that actions speak louder than words)
Zdeno Chara is going to the box for a high stick on Dubinsky and the Rangers are on the power play early on. In order to stand a chance in this game, the Bruins are going to need to stay out of the penalty box.
1-0 Rangers: Chara tries to clear the puck, Kelly is unable to help push it out, Rangers get the turnover and Thomas can’t see through the screen.
2-0 Rangers: Haglin wins the race for icing the puck, dishes it to the front and it’s tipped in to give the Rangers a two-goal lead early on in the first period. Bruins defense needs to step it up, BIG TIME.
Claude Julien takes the time out to regroup and refocus. Thomas struggling here to start.
Watching the replay, the second goal scored was actually off of a diving body(Greg Zanon) that collided with Thomas allowing that goal to get by.
Benoit Pouliot with a turn around, shot, SCORE! 2-1 Rangers.
“Whattaya know?! BONG! Big Ben, clock running a little fast, strikes ONE!”(via @RealJackEdwards)
Off the face-off Lucic and Prust go at it, Lucic hammers him with the right. Prust was unable to get his right hand free and that’s all the opening Lucic needed. Both get five for five.
Drive by . . . CORVO is held by Lundvquist. Most positive thing Bruins fans have seen him do in a while.
Drive by Staal, stop by Thomas, tries to dive but bats it away and it’s cleared.
Gregory Campbell and Bickel, Bickel clearly with an advantage. Campbell lost balance early, got back up and landed several punches. Fight gets broken up and they go down the tunnel as there is only 4:22 remaining.
Bruins get their first power play of the game as Mike Rupp plants a trip on Zdeno Chara in front of the net.
Patrice Bergeron from Marchand, nice effort by the second line.
Brian Rolston’s high and wide shot shatters a pane of glass.
Period ends at 2:53 to go, it will be added on to the beginning of the second. (This is the second time this has happened to the Bruins this season starting the second period with time left over from the first.)
First Period Notes:
The Bruins started off the period sluggish and un-motivated allowing the Rangers to go up 2-0 in the opening minutes. They managed to regroup with a time out, but they are still being careless with the puck, turning it over 50% of the time. They had 2 giveaways in the first period. Benoit Pouliot gave the Bruins some momentum to work with and Lucic helped with a matching battle against Brandon Prust as he demolished him, cracking him with the right to the head. The Bruins hold the edge in shots 12-8 but are going to need to come out strong and play a FULL second period if they stand a chance at beating the #1 team in the League.
(last 2 minutes of First Period:)
Nice drive by Corvo that’s batted away by Lundvquist.
Marchand with a backhand attempt, the puck gets behind Lundvquist but as he kicks it with his left leg, it skates across the line and out with Bergeron unable to make it in time.
Kelly with a drive off of Staal, that’s going to hurt. At least it wasn’t Chara’s shot.
Jordan Caron intercepts a long pass from Girardi as he gets fooled on a line change, Caron hammers it and it’s good. 2-2 Boston!
Fun Fact: Tyler Seguin is the youngest player in the NHL with 20+ goals.
Boychuk a shot and it goes high off Lundvquist.
Richards gets run into by Seidenberg, both having words there.
Caron now has a goal and an assist in just under 30 minutes of play. Not bad for the baby Bruin.(who has spent almost the full year with Boston)
Heavy hits being exerted on Milan Lucic. Lots of hits back and forth.
Too many men on the ice for the Rangers and the Bruins go on the power play. John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan not too happy with that call. They’re livid. 9:39 remaining in the second.
Feed from Bergeron to a ready to go Seidenberg who locks and loads one on Lundvquist but goes just wide of the net. Hard drive from the German defenseman.
Nice efforts here on the power play for the Bruins, Krejci, Campbell and Seguin working it in front of the net but couldn’t get there. So close.
Caron moving in, shooting and it’s deflected wide.
Lucic with a blast and that one deflected. Great play by Caron to get the puck to Lucic.
Blatant high stick goes unnoticed by the referees and linesmen. Clearly you can see the stick come up and hit a visor.
Second Period Notes:
Shots on goal give the Bruins the edge 10-3 in the second period, 24-11 after forty minutes of play. Strong efforts by the Bruins. Bruins outplaying the Rangers early in the second period, with Caron tying the game at 2 to put the Bruins back in it. He’s carrying the Bruins through the second period right now. The kid has the potential to be placed on the Bergeron-Marchand line and move Rolston with Pouliot-Kelly. Bruins are going to need to keep the momentum flowing in the third and focus on tape-to-tape passes and putting the shots on net.
Three-on-one developing, Gaborik shot and a save by Thomas. They keep the puck going,killer save on Richards who gets his rebound, dishes behind the net, shot by Gaborik again and he scores. 3-2 Rangers.
Rangers dominating the opening minutes of play here in the third period, Bruins need to show they’re a third period team and step up to the plate.
According to Jack Edwards: “Caron might have gotten away with slew-footing John Scott… not sure if there was intent there but it didn’t look good.”
Marchnd breaking into the zone forehand, backhand and it went under Lundvquist and back out the other side. Rangers getting the luck on their side today when it comes to Bruins pucks not going in to the net. That’s the second time today Marchand has gotten robbed. Don’t try gambling any time soon Marchand.
Stepan with some stick work and flips it high of the net.9:55 to go in regulation.
Gaborik witha partial breakaway and Boychuk is able to hold him off. Great job by the defenseman.
Seguin uses his speed to bring it up off a Boychuk pass. Seguin explodes through the middle, 3-on-2 to Lucic and Krejci finishes!
Stepan answers back and fools Thomas who clearly wasn’t ready. 4-3 Rangers.7:39 remaining.
Out of play penalty and the Bruins are on the power play. Tortella should put a few dollars in the jar for the amount of swearing that was just witnessed.
Corvo takes a puck to the face from a fight for the puck with Dubinsky. He’s alright, stays on the bench.
1:45 remaining, face-off in the offensive zone. Caron over to Pouliot, dishes to Kelly in front but it sails past him into the other end of the ice.
As the buzzer goes the players gather in and Lucic gets a couple of left shots into the jaw of McDonaugh. Bruins find consistency. . . in losing as the Rangers take this one 3-2.