Rangers 3, Bruins 0: Henrik Lundqvist Earns 42-Save Shutout Over B's

On Tuesday night, the Boston Bruins could not gain ground in the Eastern Conference, as they were blanked by goal tender Henrik Lundqvist (42 Saves) and the conference leading New York Rangers, 3-0 at TD Garden in Boston, MA.

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Bruins Vs. Rangers: Shawn Thornton Said New York Proved They Were Better

The New York Rangers shutout the Boston Bruins 3-0 on Tuesday night. After the game, Boston forward Shawn Thornton talked to CSNNE after the game about the game and the looming trade deadline.


Despite being shutout by the Rangers, Thornton saw some improvement in the Bruins' play.

"The effort was better, I think they were the better team still," Thornton told Michael Felger on 'Sticks and Stones'. "But I liked the way -- for everything except the last seven minutes of the first period, I actually thought we were a little bit better than we were previous to the Nashville game. So they're a good team over there, I think their goaltender played a hell of a game. I mean, obviously, we weren't good enough because we didn't win, but I think for the most part everyone is buying in which is a positive." (via CSNNE)

Boston won't have much time to ponder improvements with a game tonight against Montreal at 7:30 p.m.

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Bruins Overtime: B's On Wrong Side Of Shutouts; Trade Deadline Is Looming

Bruins Overtime is a postgame feature providing extra news, notes and analysis from each game. Boston fell to the New York Rangers, 3-0, on Tuesday night in Boston, MA.

Last night's 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers marked the fifth time this season that the Bruins were shutout by any team. Of those five times, this is the second time in three games they have put up the ol' goose egg--both against Conference rivals--and third time in just six games.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 42 shots against the Bruins to preserve the shutout, and on Wednesday night, Ryan Miller put a stop to 36 shots to get the 6-0 win over Boston. Just a week prior to that, Cam Ward made a statement, shutting the Bruins down in a 47-save, 3-0 shutout win.

So, if my math serves me correctly, the Bruins put up 125 shots in three games, without scoring a single goal. That's averaging nearly 42 shots per game with nothing to show for it.

"We certainly could have done more, but I think, you look at our team right now, and it’s certainly not the team we’re used to seeing, identity-wise and everything else," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. "You can shoot 42 shots on net, and it may look good on paper versus 20, but the mistakes, the identity, the battles. I think they won more battles than we did tonight, especially in their own end, so certainly not good enough for the Boston Bruins."

BOYCHUK SIGNS THREE-YEAR EXTENSION

With the trade deadline just around the corner (Feb. 27), Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has been looking at his free agents come the end of the season and has been making some moves.

His latest is signing the 6'2 defenseman to three years, ($3.1, $3.4 and $3.6 million) with a limited no-trade clause.

"Johnny really wanted to stay here, I think that’s the overriding theme," Chairelli said in a press conference before Tuesday night's game. "He has obviously been a good performer for us. He’s a big, strong, physical D, and I’ve had some discussions with all our free agents, I think, over the last month or so, and this is a deal that has come out of it so far. He’s a Bruin type of player – physical, and yet he can score the shot, and he’s a punishing player. He chose not to test the market, which was nice for us, and we have him under contract for three more years."

Boychuk finished last night's game with a -1, second in icetime (22:20) and two shots on net. After the game, he told the press he was excited to be coming back to Boston and it was the only place he wanted to play.

"Oh Boston as a city is probably the best place to play I think, even though I haven’t really played anywhere else," Boychuk said. "The fans are just so into it, they’re always cheering – sold out every night. Why wouldn’t you want to stay here."

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The Bruins won't have much time to think about last night as they play again tonight against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal.




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Bruins Vs. Rangers Final Score: B's Can't Find Offense; Lose 3-0 to New York

The Bruins were hoping to make a statement in tonight's game against the Rangers before heading out on a six-game road trip. But instead all they got was a couple of bruises and another goal-less game.

After the last game between these two ended in overtime, just one goal separating them, tonight was a much different story.

And that story was Henrik Lundqvist.

The 29-year-old goaltender not only picked up his seventh shutout of the season, but he did it while recording 42 saves this time around. He is now first in the league in save percentage (.941) and second in goals against (1.77).

The Bruins had more than a few quality chances in those 42 shots, but Lundqvist was a wall and stopped every one of them to give his team a shot at the win. His team, though, did start if off right.

In the first period, Ryan Callahan most appropriately started the scoring for the Rangers, picking up his sixth goal in four games, and his 23rd of the season. he received a pass from Michael Del Zotto who passed the puck right through the slot and to his stick.

Though that would have been enough to collect the win, the Rangers continued to rally and with 12 seconds left to go in the period, they scored again, courtesy of Ryan McDonagh sending the Bruins into the locker room with double the deficit.

The Bruins then proceeded to completely annihilate the Rangers with shots on goal, outshooting them 14-5 in the middle frame, and 42-20 in the entire game. Tim Thomas made just 17 saves on the night and dropped to 6-7-1 in his last 14 games.

Finally, in the third period, the Rangers were able to put the nail in the coffin and seal the deal less than three minutes into the final 20 minutes.

2:53 into the period, Artem Anisimov waltzed right in with a 2-on-1 and wristed it past Thomas for his 10th goal of the season. The goal was a 4x4 goal after Milan Lucic and Brandon Prust were shoving each other after the whistle near the benches and were called for unsportsmanlike conduct.

On the goal, Joe Corvo tried to pinch in on the puck in the Rangers zone, but was intercepted by Anisimov who took it into the Bruins paint and fired it on Thomas who couldn't make the stop.

The Bruins now fall nine points behind the Rangers in the Eastern Conference and face a six-game road trip to finish up the month of February. The next time they play at the Garden is on February 28, when they take on the Ottawa Senators.




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Bruins Vs. Rangers Score Update: B's Dominate Second Period, But Don't Have A Goal To Show

After forty minutes of hockey, the Bruins still find themselves down 2-0, despite having an overwhelming advantage in shots. In the second period alone, Boston put up 14 shots and only allowed the Rangers 5. However, they didn't score, and therefore their total shot advantage (24-17), means little.

The second line--the Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand had a couple of near goals. getting the crowd riled and on their feet, but nothing came from it.

Milan Lucic, Rich Peverley and David Krejci provided the same spark, one time creating complete mayhem in front of the net. Though the puck was in the crease for the better part of five seconds, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist never covered the puck, so there were bodies sprawled over the crease without the puck ever going in.

Play did get a little heated torwards the end of the period as Peverley and Marc Staal both went into the penalty box for roughing after knocking each other after the whistle. Peverley cross checked Staal after Staal pushed over a bent over Lucic.

Both teams start at even strength entering the third period.




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Bruins Vs. Rangers Score Update: New York Takes 2-0 Lead After First Period

The Bruins were looking to go into the first intermission with just a one goal deficit, however, with 12 seconds left in the period, and a bad turnover in Boston's zone, Ryan McDonagh doubled the score with a wrister from the left side, making it 2-0 after the first 20 minutes.

It didn't take long for the Bruins to get setback right from the getgo either. Zdeno Chara took the first penalty of the game, getting called for a delay of game for closing his hand on the puck. And the Rangers immediately capitalized.

10:09 into the period, Ryan Callahan made his mark early, netting his sixth goal in four games. Marian Gaborik found Michael Del Zotto down in the zone, who then crossed the puck across the slot to Callahan who just pushed the puck in the net for his 23rd goal of the season.

Henrik Lundqvist remained a wall in net, stopping all 10 Bruins shots. Tim Thomas also stopped 10-of-12 for Boston.




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Bruins Vs. Rangers Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 7 p.m. EDT.
Location: TD Garden (Capacity: 17,565), Boston, MA.
Broadcast Info: Tuesday's game between the Bruins and the Rangers will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.

Last Time Out: After falling an embarrassing 6-0 to the Buffalo Sabres, the Bruins managed to come back and find their production, earning a 4-3 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille and Milan Lucic each netted goals to bring the game to the extra frame and eventual shootout. There, Bergeron and Tyler Seguin put shots past Pekka Rinne to take two points.

Tim Thomas was in net and made 19 saves on 22 shots.

While the Bruins have had a bit of trouble since the two teams last meeting, the Rangers have been on a bit of a winning streak. They have won six of their eight games since then, falling only to the New Jersey Devils twice-- the most recent victim being the Washington Capitals.

Much of that has to do with Ryan Callahan who has scored five goals in his last three games. The captain now sits second in assists and second in total points on the team, just below Marian Gaborik.

Storyline: The last time these two teams met, the Bruins took a 3-2 loss in overtime after Andrew Ference checked Ryan McDonagh hard into the end boards and was called for a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct in the extra frame.

The Bruins were able to hold off for much of the penalty, but ultimately gave up the game winning goal to Gaborik, with just four seconds left to go.

Tuukka Rask took the loss, stopping 30 of 33 shots, and was obviously frustrated with how the game ended. Tim Thomas will most likely be in net tonight, as he was the first off the ice in this morning’s skate.

Players To Watch: As noted above, Ryan Callahan has made a big impact, even in the last few games. He, along with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and leading scorer Gaborik should put on a show tonight.
For the Bruins, forward Nathan Horton is still out with a concussion, which means that once again players are going to have to step up. Last game, it was defensemen who scored, but lately Bergeron has been stepping up in his typical fashion, scoring a goal last game and another in the shootout.

Prediction: The Rangers are flying at this point, and it would be tough for any team to dismantle them. The Bruins do tend to play to their competition, so they have that going for them. Final Score: Bruins 3, Rangers 2 OT.

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Bruins Vs. Rangers: B's Won't Show Any Love Against Conference Leading Rangers

Tonight is the last home game for the Bruins before they embark on a six-game road trip--a trip last year that proved vital to their successes. However, the Rangers, and their first place position, stand in their way.

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