Saturday, March 26, 2011

Game 74: Bruins Blanked

The Boston Bruins had an afternoon game today at the TD Garden. They welcomed in the New York Rangers, a team who might match up against Boston in the playoffs. This game was a tight one the entire way. However, it was the Rangers who had the fun ride back to the hotel.

Derek Stepan (NYR) scored the only goal of the game at 6:39 of the first period. It was his 20th goal of the season and Michael Sauer and Vaclav Prospal had the assists. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was on his game today. He stopped all 26 shots that went his way.

The Bruins defense was solid today. They allowed 23 shots on goal the entire game and that includes one total shot allowed in the third period. However, it was the Bruins offense that did not show up to play today. Tyler Seguin had four shots on goal and had a very strong game throughout. There were times when he was the only forward on the ice that was actually playing with heart. Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask had a very good game as well. However, that one goal proved to be the difference.

In this game, Gregory Campbell (BOS) had a fight with Sean Avery (NYR), one of the most hated men in the league. Towards the end of the scrap, Avery used his signature leg take down tactic and threw two punches at Campbell when he was flat on the ground. What happened to the unwritten rule of not throwing a punch when a man is down? That part of the game is disgusting, but those of you who know about Avery were not surprised when that took place.

Gold Star: Tuukka Rask (22 saves on 23 shots, .957 save percentage)

Black Star: Michael Ryder...he seems to be losing his presence on the ice. No shots, no goals, no assists. Even Seguin had more shifts than Ryder today (13 for Seguin, 11 for Ryder).

On a side note, Bruins center Marc Savard had reported to be currently experiencing memory loss and it is starting to worry him. Lets hold our breaths Bruins fans and hope that Savard can make a return to the ice next season. But for right now, his health is the biggest concern.

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