Sunday, March 4, 2012

Game Sixty Four: Bruins Fall to New York (The Other New York)

The New York Rangers defeated the Bruins on Sunday afternoon by a score of 4-3. The Bruins are winless against the Rangers so far this season.

This game had everything that you would expect from two teams who are on top of the Eastern Conference. We saw three fights in the opening period, including one that featured Lane MacDermid who made his NHL debut in this one. He replaced Daniel Paille on the fourth line, who was injured in Saturday's game against the Islanders.

Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron each had a goal and really clicked in this game skating with Chris Kelly. This third line finally had some life and produced two goals that took some pressure off of the other forwards. It's funny how they only do that when injuries happen instead of on a nightly basis.

The game went back and forth in the third period. With the score tied at two, Marian Gaborik put the Rangers back on top. David Krejci netted his 17th goal of the season to tie things up once again.

The tie was short lived because less than one minute later, Derek Stepan beat Tim Thomas for his 14th goal of the season. The Bruins never had the lead at any point during this game. Thomas finished with 13 saves on 17 shots while Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist finished with 30 saves on 33 shots.

This is not a good sign if the B's cannot knock off the Rangers in a game during the regular season. Sure Boston has been plagued with injuries lately, but this one was a game they could have won. They will have one more crack at the Rangers this season.

Boston will be on the road Tuesday night for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gold Star: Jordan Caron (1 goal, 1 assist, plus-2 rating)...He does have a good game in him every once in a while.

Black Star: Dennis Seidenberg...Three giveaways in a game will always come back to haunt you.

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