Rangers Finish The Bruins With Five Unanswered Goals
New York, NY- Even with a solid start for the black and yellow, the Bruins couldn’t hold it together to pass the Rangers in New York. Boston falls to the New York Rangers 5-3 in regulation at the Madison Square Garden.
Clinching a spot for the playoffs with a 3-2 win over Atlanta, Bruins skated into this game with the upper hand and ability to climb the standings. Rangers on the other hand, in a tough situation to maintain a spot for playoffs needed the two points.
The Bruins showing they’re not done with the regular season even after clinching a playoff spot, controlled the first period. Boston went on the first power play 5:55 into the game with a slashing call on Marc Staal, but went scoreless. The Rangers had their opportunity on the power play with a tripping call on Patrice Bergeron at 10:15, which also went scoreless.
It wasn’t until a tick tack toe play at 15:16 in the first by the Bruins that opened the score. With a pass from the corner by Michael Ryder to Johnny Boychuk whose shot was redirected by Daniel Paille, the black and yellow took the lead. It wasn’t very long until Nathan Horton added another goal at 16:53. A play started by Milan Lucic in the corner, passing to David Krejci for a shot which was found by Horton in front of the net. Hortons quick hands were there to get off a quick shot to put it in just under the bar.
Going into the second the Bruins had a 19 to 5 shots on goal advantage and a 2-0 lead. A hooking call on Krejci at 5:02 opened the chance for New York. Bruins controlled the tempo of the game keeping the Rangers from gaining a shot on goal during the power play.
Bruins continued their scoring with a 3-0 lead with a goal from Chris Kelly. Kelly’s first goal as a bruin came with a brake out from Dennis Seidenberg to Tomas Kaberle who fronted the puck to Kelly for a rush up the neutral zone. The Bruins shut out didn’t hold too much longer.
Vinny Prospal broke the Bruins shut out with a goal at 18:26 in the second. Marc Staal started the play with a pass from the boards to the open slot for Wojtek Wolski. Wolski with a one time shot put Thomas out of position, allowing an open net rebound by Prospal. Rangers came back for a second goal a few minutes later with a back hand pass from Wolski behind the net to Prospal for a snap shot to pass Thomas making the score 3-2.
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Coming into the second, trailing by one, the Rangers came back with a fight. A hooking call on Seidenberg just 53 seconds in opened up a chance to tie the game. Boston held the lead making the Rangers 0-4 on the power play for the evening.
The Bruins weren’t able to hold their lead for long giving up three more goals in just five minutes. The first goal came at 16:12 of the third by a backhand shot by Brandon Dubinsky. Less than a minute later a pass from Ryan Callahan to Michael Sauer gives Saur his third goal of the season, and the game winning goal.
With a little over a minute remaining in the game, Boston tried to tie the game pulling Thomas for an extra skater. At 19:07 Derek Stepan closes the chance for the Bruins with a wrist shot from the blue line for an empty net goal.
Rangers win the game with 5 unanswered goals, inching them up passed Buffalo to seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 91 points. Bruins return home to face the New York Islanders Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
By Jillian Elizabeth
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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