Rangers 3, Bruins 2 (OT): Marian Gaborik's Last Second Goal Sinks Boston

After the game appeared to be headed for a shootout, Rangers forward Marian Gaborik got a goal past Tuukka Rask to give New York the 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston, MA

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Bruins Overtime: Ference Had No Intent To Injure; Bruins Forwards Had No Intent To Score

Bruins Overtime is a postgame feature providing extra news, notes and analysis from each game. Boston lost to the New York Rangers, 3-2 in OT, Saturday afternoon in Boston, MA.

It came down to the final three seconds in overtime, but the Rangers managed to earn the two points over the Bruins on Saturday after forward Marian Gaborik continued to whack at rebounds in front of netminder Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins have dropped three of their last five games now, and don't have much time to recover with two more games in the next three days.

FERENCE EARNS GAME MISCONDUCT

He doesn't receive too many game misconducts, but it seems pretty evident that this one was deserved after he slammed Rangers forward Ryan McDonagh into the boards 1:50 into the overtime frame.

"Well, I’m obviously going as fast as I can to try and get to the puck. I realized I wasn’t going to get there first, he boxed me out, I tried to lean back, but I was going too fast. Obviously it was a dangerous position, so I tried to let up and didn’t let up fast enough."

The Bruins were left shorthanded for the rest of overtime, and it came back to bite them. Ference doesn't have a history of violent hits, and he spoke after the game saying that he didn't intend to go into the boards that hard, but he admitted he didn't pull up quickly enough and that was the end result.

There should be a league ruling from Brendan Shannahan before tomorrow's Flyers game at 3 p.m. The only other time in recent history Ference had conduct issues was back last year when he seemingly flicked off the Montreal crowd after scoring a goal in the playoffs.

FORWARDS CAN'T FIND BACK OF THE NET

Though they have had no problem in the last few games, the forwards didn't have success this game, leaving all the scoring to be done by the defensive side of the game.

Ference and Adam McQuaid scored the only two goals for Boston while the offensive lines were kept quiet by Henrik Lundqvist. The two defensemen combine for six goals on the season--Ference with four and McQuaid with two. However, Ference has two goals in his last two games.

The Bruins did manage to get 34 shots on net, though, and according to McQuaid, the Rangers were so good at getting into shooting and passing lanes that it definitely was more difficult getting quality scoring opportunities.

"We knew they were going to sacrifice the body and it felt like at time there were five goalies," McQuaid said. "So they collapse a little bit and just when you get it by the first guy, there's another guy behind him that blocks it. It's not an easy thing to do and they do it, so you have to give them credit for it."

MARC SAVARD MAKES HIS WAY BACK TO TD GARDEN

Almost a year ago exactly, Bruins forward Marc Savard played his last game against the Colorado Avalanche. He left the ice after former teammate Matt Hunwick hit him into the boards on January 22, 2011 and hasn't played in a game since then.

But he was back in the Garden showing his support for his new suite box and addressed the media for the first time since February of last year.

Though it's still up in the air what he plans on doing with his career, he said he is "really happy" and enjoying life from a different perspective.

"I just want to kind of take this whole year to see how everything goes throughout the year and really gauge myself," Savard said. "I tried to work out a couple times this week, just little bike rides here, and it didn't feel that bad. We'll see how that goes and just keep building off it."

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The Bruins will fly out to Philadelphia tonight to prepare for tomorrow's game against the Flyers at 3 p.m. They have two games in the next three days before they break for the All-Star Game. The second of the two games come against Washington on Tuesday.


Final - 1.21.2012 1 2 3 OT SO Total
New York Rangers 0 2 0 1 0 3
Boston Bruins 0 2 0 0 0 2

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Boston Bruins' D Andrew Ference To Hear From NHL Regarding Charge

As first reported by CSNNE.com, Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will hear from the NHL office on Sunday morning regarding his hit on New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh during the Rangers 3-2 overtime win on Saturday afternoon.

The hit occurred shortly into the overtime frame when Ference -- while traveling at a fast speed -- ran into McDonagh and sent him into the boards, causing a nasty collision.

Ference was given both a five minute major and a game misconduct for his actions, and the Rangers eventually scored on the extra man attack in the waning seconds of the battle of the Eastern Conference elites.

The severity of McDonagh's injuries remain unclear right now, but it would appear that the call from the league office is a prelude to a suspension for Ference.

The 32-year old defenseman has never been suspended in his 11-plus seasons in the NHL.

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Bruins Vs. Rangers Final Score: Late Major Penalty Sets Up Rangers For 3-2 OT Victory

In the history of the Bruins vs. Rangers, the games have always been close and gritty. In fact, 14 of their last 17 meetings together have been decided by one goal.

That tradition continued today as the Rangers took a 3-2 win in overtime.

With just three seconds left on the clock, Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask stoned Rangers forward Marion Gaborik twice with sprawling kick saves, but the third was just too much to handle, and like that, New York took the extra point, holding a one point lead in the Eastern Conference.

The goal came after Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was called for a five-minute major and a game misconduct for charging, after hitting Ryan McDonagh hard into the boards, 1:50 into the five-minute overtime period. Though Ference doesn't have any history of malicious hits, he was the first to say he went into the boards too fast and he didn't pull up quick enough.

Though the Bruins nearly killed the entire penalty, those three seconds could tick off the clock soon enough. Rask had 30 saves on 33 shots in the game, and this is his first loss in seven games, and definitely one that was tough to swallow.

"Yeah, it’s two rebounds. I mean, it hit my glove twice, but what sucks even more is, like, three seconds," Rask said. "Somebody liked it, I guess. I mean, it was a pretty thrilling end. Not for me though.

"Well [expletive], I mean three seconds left – it sucks. You’re pretty riled when that happens, and I broke my stick. I had success doing that. Sometimes I can’t break ‘em, but this time, I broke it. Something positive out of it."

After a scoreless first period, both teams came out with exciting second and third frames. Ryan Callahan netted the first goal of the game, just 1:31 into the second. He had just vacated the penalty box and earned a 2-on-1 going towards Rask. Instead of passing across the slot, he opted for the shot and wristed one past Rask to put the Rangers up 1-0.

But, ironically enough, Ference came back for the Bruins and tied the game less than two minutes later. Milan Lucic and David Krejci skated into the zone, and Ference took the chance and crashed the net amidst the chaos that was in front of it. Krejci got the puck to him, and Ference backhanded it up over the glove of Henrik Lundqvist and into the net for his second goal in two games.

Marian Gaborik came back to give the Rangers another lead, slapping the puck into the net after it came bouncing towards him in the slot. Rask was unable to make that save, and the Rags took a 2-1 lead.

Another Bruins defenseman, Adam McQuaid stepped up to tie the game again with 49 seconds left to go in the second period. He shot a sniper through traffic into the back of the net to tie the game up.

The third period was even more exciting and had the crowd on its feet for much of it. The Bruins did test the waters a bit during the period, sending two players to the penalty box after putting only one man in in the previous two periods.

"I mean, we had our opportunities and power play – couldn’t score, and then they had them. It was kind of, a pretty even game, scoring chance-wise," Rask said. "But I think we – especially in the third, we had better legs and really took it to them but couldn’t get that goal. And overtime, it’s always, anything can happen."

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Bruins Vs. Rangers Score Update: Four Goals In 20 Minutes, But Still Tied After 40 Minutes

After a scoreless first period, the game heated up and four goals were scored in twenty minutes.

With 49 seconds to go in the second period, the Bruins picked up a goal from defenseman Adam McQuaid who sniped one past Henrik Lundqvist for just his second goal of the season to tie the game 2-2. But his goal came after three other goals this period.

1:31 in, just after Callahan came out of the penalty box, he skated on a 2-on-1 and put a snipe through Rask, blocker side with a wrister and put the Rangers up early 1-0.

Andrew Ference tied things up at 3:28 with a backhanded shot through the slot. Lundqvist looked like he was screened by Milan Lucic, and Ference put it over his glove side while crashing the net.

With 5:30 to go in the period, Marion Gaborik gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead after a bouncing puck in the slot found its way to his stick. He put it past Rask with little effort for his 24th goal of the season.

Ference now leads the Bruins in points this game with one assist and one goal.

The B's also managed to outshoot the Rangers 16-13 this period and have a game total advantage of 24-21.

The Rangers entered today's game leading the league when scoring first, with a 21-1-1 record in those situations.

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Bruins Vs. Rangers Score Update: Lots Of Hard Hits, But Still 0-0 After First

After the first 20 minutes of play, the game has been everything either team could expect--lots of hard hitting and good opportunities by both teams, despite the 0-0 score.

The Bruins came out early in the first couple of minutes and put an onslaught on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Though they didn't convert on any of the opportunities, it set the mood for the remainder of the period.

The B's managed to stay out of the penalty box for the period, whereas New York was called for penalties three different times. However, having the third best penalty kill in the league has its perks and they kept Boston without a shot throughout the first two.

The first came 5:46 into the period when David Krejci was thrown to the ground behind Henrik Lundqvist and Brandon Dubinsky got called for roughing. Also, Marion Gaborik and Ryan Callahan were called for tripping--the latter one with 39 seconds to go in the period.

The B's will start the second period on the man advantage and look to see if they can add some numbers on the board.

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

Event: Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers
Date/Time: Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 1 p.m. EDT.
Location: TD Garden (Capacity: 17,565), Boston, MA.
Broadcast Info: Saturday's game between the Bruins and the Rangers will be broadcast live on NESN and NHL Network. 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: The Bruins had a rough road trip (well, compared to the rest of their season), after losing two of their last three before heading into New Jersey on Thursday. It looked like their lack of success carried into the first two periods of that game, after falling behind 1-0 in the first and finding no comfort in the second.

But the third period, they scored four unanswered goals including two goals in 35 seconds. Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly scored those goals while Petr Sykora scored the only Devils goal.


The Rangers have also had quite a bit of success, but not in their last game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Thursday, they came back from a 1-0 deficit in the first period to tie the game in the second. However, they were unable to capitalize after that goal, and in the third period, Evgeni Malkin put in two goals to give the Penguins an eventual 4-1 win.

Carl Hagelin scored for the Rangers and has eight goals on the season.

Storyline: Today is probably one of the most highly anticipated games of the year so far. The Bruins sit in second place, just behind the first place Rangers. Both are separated by just one point.

New York is 6-3-0 in the month of January, including four straight wins at the beginning of the year. Boston also has six wins and three losses since January, and still has not lost back-to-back away games ever this season.

Both coaches--Claude Julien and John Tortorella both are coaches in this year’s All-Star Game and it should come as no surprise considering the success both have had. Julien will coach captain Zdeno Chara’s team while Tortorella will coach with Team Alfredsson.

While these two teams have many similarities this season, today will determine who has the advantage over the other. With one point separating the two teams, whoever wins this game will claim dominance as the top team in the Eastern Conference.

Players To Watch:
Dennis Seidenberg will be playing in his 500th career game tonight and has two goals and thirteen assists so far this season.

Patrice Bergeron has 7-4=11 points in his last nine games while Nathan Horton has eight goals in his last nine games. He has been stepping it up the second part of the season, especially with Brad Marchand out. Expect him, at home, to bring even more intensity and points.

Prediction: I think coming back home is going to do the Bruins some good today. Before heading to Philadelphia tonight and Washington on Tuesday, they should be able to put a show on in Boston. Final Score: Rangers 3, Bruins 2 (OT).

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Bruins Vs. Rangers: Boston Hosts Eastern Conference Leading New York

The Boston Bruins (30-13-1) look to establish themselves as they best team in the Eastern Conference as they host the best team in the East, the New York Rangers (29-12-4) at the TD Garden. (TV/Radio: NESN/98.5-FM)

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