Rangers 4, Bruins 3: New York Defeats B's, Clinches Season Series
The New York Rangers have once again proven to be to much for the Bruins, as they defeated Boston, 4-3 to clinch the season series against the two on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.
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After a strong burst of energy to begin the third and final frame, the Rangers would regain the lead at the 3:14 mark when Marian Gaborik stuffed it into a yawning goal after Thomas had made a stop on the other side of the net mouth. It would be the 32nd tally of the campaign for the Slovakian born winger who continues to light up the score sheet for the first place Rangers.
The Bruins would come right back midway through the third when some slick puck movement from the top line would result in David Krejci’s 17th goal of the season. Unfortunately, only 0:39 seconds later, the Blueshirts would answer when Derek Stepan snapped one over the glove of Thomas to give New York a 4-3 lead with less than eight minutes left to play. Whilst Thomas held his own for the better part of Sunday’s contest, Stepan’s go-ahead tally is simply one that the former Vezina winner cannot let get past him less than a minute after his team tied the score.
Boston would pull Thomas and apply a fair amount of pressure on Lundqvist as the time ticked off the clock, but they would just run out of time as the Rangers held on for their third win in as many tries against the B’s this season.
The injury-riddled Bruins fought hard this afternoon against one of the best teams in the entire NHL, but in the end, the Rangers simply proved themselves the better team.
These two squads will meet up once more this season, on April 1, right back at Madison Square Garden.
The B’s got out to a much hotter start in the second frame, controlling play from the opening puck drop. At the 1:40 mark, it was Caron who would blast a slapshot past Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to even the score at two.
Boston would continue to out-work the Rangers throughout the balance of the second period, outshooting New York by a 10-3 margin. Unfortunately for the Black and Gold, Henrik Lundqvist stood tall in the Rangers’ goal and did not allow the Bruins to take a lead into the second intermission.
Head Coach Claude Julien is once again looking brilliant for the timing of his timeout, as ever since, the Bruins have dominated play in the Big Apple.
On Sunday afternoon the Boston Bruins (or what’s left of them) walked (or limped) into Madison Square Garden for a date with the number one team in the Eastern Conference. A Boston squad missing a full quarter of it’s regulars took on a tough Rangers squad in hopes or turning around their recent two-month-long slump.
It didn’t look good for Boston in the first as the Blueshirts tallied two quick goals in the first 6:15 of the game. First it was low-scoring defenseman Anton Stralman whose wrist shot found it’s way through a screen and past Boston goaltender Tim Thomas. A mere seventy seconds later the Rangers would add to their lead when Carl Hagelin redirected a centering pass into the Bruins’ net.
Seeing his team go down two goals in such a pivotal contest, Boston bench boss Claude Julien opted to take his timeout immediately after the second New York tally. The move would pay immediate divends for a B’s squad that would account for the next six shots on goal, including Benoit Pouliot’s 10th mark of the season after some tough forechecking from Jordan Caron. Three fights and a busted glass panel later, these two Eastern Conference behemoths went to the rooms with New York ahead 2-1.
Event: Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers Date/Time: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 12:30 p.m. EST. Location: Madison Square Garden (Capacity: 18,200), New York, N.Y. Broadcast Info: Sunday’s game between the Bruins and the Rangers will be broadcast live on NBC, TSN2, and RDSI. 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 showed some promise after starting the month off right with a win against the New Jersey Devils, but it went back to their earlier trends and took a 3-2 loss to the Islanders--third worst in the Eastern Conference.
Once again injuries and the second period plagued the team, losing both Tuukka Rask and Daniel Paille in the same game. Rask went down in the middle of the second frame after attempting to save a redirected shot and falling to the ice in obvious pain. He had to be helped off the ice and could miss a significant part of the rest of the season depending on the exact injury.
Once again Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic provided the spark for the team and each scored a goal in the losing effort.
The Rangers also didn’t have much luck in their last game, taking a 4-3 OT loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. They scored in each of the three periods, but couldn’t convert it in the extra frame to take the two points.
Storyline: The Rangers have had enormous success against the Bruins this year and currently are unbeaten in the two games they’ve played against each other this year.
In those two games, the Bruins have given up three goals each time, and they have been blanked at home in their most recent bout on Valentine’s Day.
With Rask out, it’s no surprise who will be in net this afternoon, and Tim Thomas has stated that he will just continue to go out there and try to do his job. He will once again be staring Lundqvist down on the other end of the ice and will try and boost his team’s morale and get two points closer to the top of the conference.
Players To Watch: The Bruins new top line of Lucic, Seguin and David Krejci has continued to improve and has been showing a lot of promise in the past couple of games.
Marian Gaborik has two goals and one assist in the two games against the B’s, including a power play goal in overtime with four seconds to go back in January.
Prediction: The B’s are hurting right now and they are fighting against a team that is top in the conference for a reason. With even more injuries, it’s tough to see them come out of this one with a win. Final Score: Rangers 4, Bruins 2.
Three more injuries strike the Bruins, including Andrew Ference and Tuukka Rask who will not join the Bruins on their two-game road trip, including this afternoon against the Rangers. Daniel Paille is questionable.