The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers faced off Thursday night with the Rangers leaving town with a W. Boston had been one of the hottest teams in the NHL, winning seven of their last eight. While New York tried to avoid a three-game losing streak, Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist hoped to break into the top ten for wins by a goalie. The Rangers two-goal third period allowed them to escape Boston with a 2-1 win.
Boston skated to a quick start early in the first as David Pastrnak had an opportunity on the doorstep. But Henrik Lundqvist stood tall and made the stop. Other opportunities arose for Boston, but they came up empty.
8:51 into the first, Brendan Smith went to the penalty box for a hook on David Pastrnak. The Bruins headed to the power play. Boston had few chances but couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage.
17:59 into the first, Boston maked a costly turnover in their zone causing Dominic Moore to trip Pavel Buchnevich, sending New York onto the power play. Boston kept the puck out of the net, killing the penalty as the period ended.
After 1, tie game 0-0. SOG 9-3 in favor of Boston.
Slower start to the second as it looked like both teams settled in. 3:06 into the period, Frank Vatrano picked up a penalty for a hook on Oscar Lindberg. New York headed to the power play again. New York couldn’t create any real attempts on Tuukka Rask. Boston killed the penalty as Vatrano stepped back onto the ice. Game remained tied 0-0.
Both teams created a few chances in the first 10 minutes of the period. Each goalie made a several great saves to keep it scoreless.
Back and forth late in the second, as JT Miller had a wide open shot on Rask but missed. Then Peter Cehlarik had two opportunities on the doorstep in front of Lundqvist but the Rangers goalie made a couple great saves to keep it tied.
Minutes later, Patrice Bergeron found himself open in the slot and Lundqvist tracked the puck right into his glove. 19:05 in the second, Pastrnak tried to beat two defenders but was tripped by Marc Staal. Boston headed to the power play for the second time, creating a few opportunities but couldn’t score.
Boston continued their aggressive play, but New York settled in and got some great opportunities to score. No team was able to beat the stellar goaltending by each team for a second straight period.
After 2, tie game 0-0. SOG in the second 11-8 Boston.
Boston started the period on a power play for 1:05, but couldn’t get a shot on goal as New York killed the rest of the penalty. The Bruins had an early onslaught but still no goals. 5:10 into the period Pavel Buchnevich let one fly. Rask couldn’t make the stop through a screen giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
The third was still a dominating period by Boston, creating more scoring chances. Lundqvist was up to the task each time. Not the best couple minutes for Colin Miller as he made a great move to get within a few feet of the goal, but instead of shooting, he passes the puck. 9:35 into the third Oscar Lindberg made a great move as he split Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo, then went top shelf on Rask. Rangers extended the lead 2-0. Seven seconds later Colin Miller picked up a high-sticking call on Pavel Buchnevich. New York went back on the power play. Boston made the kill, still down 2-0.
12:36 into the period David Pastrnak split two defenders, drew a penalty, and yet somehow got the puck over to Brad Marchand with one hand while falling to the ice. Marchand then stuck it past Lundqvist. Boston down 2-1.
Down 2-1, Boston pushed forward with an offensive press. Multiple opportunities on goal were created as Lundqvist made a great save on Krejci, and McDonagh stopped the rebound attempt from Pastrnak. After a quick wrist shot by Backes, Lundqvist was taken down by Backes who was called for goalie interference, putting New York back on the power play.
Due to the power play, Boston couldn’t pull Rask until late. Rask left the ice with 25 seconds left as Boston tried to get a game tying goal. The period ended before they were able to.
After 3, New York wins 2-1. SOG in the third 13-10 in favor of Boston. SOG in the game 33-21 in favor of Boston
Three stars of the night
- Henrik Lundqvist
- Ryan McDonagh
- David Pastrnak
An offensive onslaught throughout the game with more than 20 scoring chances and 33 shots on goal. An incredible performance by the Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with 32 saves. New York snapped their two game losing streak and Boston falls to seven wins in their last nine. Lundqvist tied Grant Fuhr for tenth most wins by a goalie with 403.
A tough game for the Bruins as they looked to stay in a tie with Ottawa or gain points on Ottawa on Thursday night. Boston sits in third in the Atlantic, three points up on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston looks get back in the win column Saturday, March 4th against the New Jersey Devils.