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.