Saturday, January 21, 2012

Game Forty Five: B's Battle For Eastern Conference Supremacy

The TD Garden played host to matinee hockey on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins took on the New York Rangers in a battle for first place in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers stole this victory with four seconds remaining in overtime to cap off a 3-2 win.

After a scoreless first period, both teams scored two goals each in the second period. Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik netted the goals for the Rangers and Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid had the goals for the Bruins. It was not until Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Mike Rupp that Boston finally woke up.

Tuukka Rask and Henrik Lundqvist were brilliant in this contest. They set the tone for how the game was going to be played throughout. The game was fast-moving and physical, which was expected in a game that featured the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

In the overtime, Ference got called with a charging penalty and a game misconduct. There was no need for him to lay out Ryan McDonagh the way he did. We should expect a suspension coming from the NHL because he deserves one. Now we will finally get the chance to see Steven Kampfer play, under an unfortunate circumstance of course.

The B's will be right back in action Sunday afternoon when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers.

Gold Star: Tuukka Rask (30 saves on 33 shots, 3 goals allowed, .909 save percentage)...Yes he did give up the three goals, but the way he played in this game was superb. Do the Bruins fianlly have a goalie controversy?

Black Star: Dennis Seidenberg...He was on the ice for two of the three Rangers goals. He always falls out of site in big games and today was no different.

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