Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Game Fifty Four: Not A Happy Valentine's Day For B's Fans
For the second time in the last three games, the Bruins were shutout. On Tuesday night they fell to the Eastern Conference leading New York Rangers by a score of 3-0.
The Bruins were in control for much of the first period. Once Zdeno Chara took a mindless penalty, the momentum they once had was quickly deflated. The Rangers grabbed two goals in the opening 20 minutes. Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh had the tallies. Artem Anisimov added a four-on-four goal in the final period to seal the victory.
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist recorded his seventh shutout of the season by stopping all 42 shots he faced. On the other hand, Tim Thomas only made 17 saves on 20 shots. The mediocre play for Thomas continues.
Prior to the game, speculation occurred as to whether or not New York would retaliate on Andrew Ference for the hit he delivered on McDonagh in their last meeting. Nothing major took place as all of the physical play stemmed from the game itself. Ference was suspended three games for the hit, which was probably enough retribution for the Rangers.
The Bruins will now embark on a six-game road trip that begins Wednesday night when they take on the Montreal Canadiens.
Gold Star: Johnny Boychuk...He had a great physical presence in this game, recording six hits and stepping up on the blue line. It was announced that he just signed a three-year contract extension worth over $10 million hours before the game.
Black Star: Joe Corvo...Stepping up too far into the offensive zone cost him once again. Does he know that the trade deadline is vastly approaching?