Rangers Take the Series in the Finale in a Shootout Win

The lines were back to ‘normal’ tonight as Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Milan Lucic started things off, Lucic producing the Bruins first shot on net that Lundqvist was able to get the glove on and turn away. They were put on the power play early on as Darron Powe flipped the puck up and out over the glass for a delay of game penalty.  Despite being 28th in the League for their power play percentage, the Rangers are worse than they are.  Thankfully, Seguin allowed Bruins fans to breath a sigh of relief as he took a hooking penalty to even the strength at four each, an advantage the Bruins are better at.

As both players came out of the box, Seguin, Marchand and Bergeron got the ball rolling with back-to-back opportunities before the first commercial break.  Just over the halfway mark Rick Nash skated through the Bruins defense and was able to get a shot off on Rask, a shot which Carl Hagelin would pick up and push over the goal line for a 1-0 Rangers lead.

The Bruins started off the period sloppy, but were able to come around and create a lot of great opportunities. The Bruins defense got caught on a bad change up and that’s all it took for Nash to

Brad Marchand kept the Bruins alive tonight once again. (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

get going and help put the Rangers up 1-0 over the Bruins through the first twenty.  After the goal, the Bruins dominated the shots and went into the locker room with a slight 11-8 edge.

The second period didn’t provide much more for Boston as they came out and played even sloppier (if that’s even possible.) They had two major neutral zone turnovers, and a big turnover in their defensive zone by Lucic that Derek Stepan was able to read and capitalize on catching Tuukka on a bad angle to put the Rangers up 2-0. The best opportunity came from the Bruins penalty kill as Lucic went to the box for high sticking, Patrice Bergeron sped up the ice for a breakaway attempt that Henrik Lundqvist turned away with ease. Despite leading the shots 23-17 the Bruins headed into the final frame down by 2.

Bruins came out in the third period down two men thanks to late penalties in the second period. Unfortunately, in the vulnerable minute after the penalties expired the Rangers were able to pick up a loose puck in the neutral zone (again) and put the puck past Rask under the glove for a deflating 3-0  lead.  A short time later Nash found himself in the penalty box for retaliating on a big hit from Lucic, and the Bruins power play unit went to work, finally. With numerous efforts from Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic and David Krejci, they were able to build some momentum. Just as the call expired Krejci was able to dig in a drive from Lucic to clear away the shutout for Lundqvist. With 11 minutes remaining the Bruins still had their work cut out for them being down two-goals. However, in the last minute and a half the Bruins pulled Rask and Nathan Horton was able to beat Lundqvist to cut the deficit to just one goal.  Once again after winning the faceoff they pulled Rask and with the final seconds ticking away the Bruins used their forecheck and cycling game to manage their time. They moved the puck around with Marchand corralling behind the net and getting the puck to beat Henrik for the tying goal.

 “It’s incredible that we can score two goals in such a short period of time.” –Tuukka Rask post-game (via Twitter)

Despite a nail biting sudden death overtime, the Bruins headed to a shoot out which also went into sudden death. The lone scorer for Boston was once again Brad Marchand who shot low and was able to bank the back of the net to keep the Bruins alive. Unfortunately, the Bruins were unable to get the next round from Krejci and captain Callahan beat Rask to win the game in the fourth round of the shootout to take the series for the season.

The Bruins next game is Friday against the Buffalo Sabres for the second time travelling to the First Niagra Center this week after defeating them 3-1 on Sunday evening. Want to know what the opposing side thinks? Take a look at Black and Blueshirts.


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