The Goals Breakdown: Bruins at Rangers

January 23, 2013, by

Gabby is not the game breaker he once was.

-Bloomer 1/22/13 

Eat it.

Just kidding Bloomer. You’re still my boy.

Bruins 0, Rangers 1:

There’s nothing better than goals scored off of set plays (thanks Torts) and that’s exactly what this was. Michael Del Zotto started the breakout on a swing play deep in the Rangers end zone, while Brad Richards was on the Bruins blueline drawing 2 defenders towards him. With the Rangers F1 and F2 swinging, the Bruins forecheckers bit towards the boards opening up center ice for Richie to step up into. MDZ fired a long pass to center ice, which Richie one touched perfectly to a streaking Rick Nash. Nash broke in on a 2-on-1 and fed Gabby with a perfect cross-ice pass. Gabby simply out-weighted Rask and roofed one.

Bruins 0, Rangers 2:

The Rangers second goal was as ugly as Nathan Horton, but hey a goal is a goal. Brad Richards won a key faceoff in the OZ and the Bruins d-zone coverage went to poop. Staal won a board battle, fed MDZ, who fired a hard, low shot from the strong side boards. Rask got a piece of the shot, but it fluttered in front of an unmarked Gabby for the put home.

Bruins 1, Rangers 2:

This one was pretty simple. The Rangers were on the PK and Dan Girardi went down to block a shot, rather than clear Brad Marchand from the slot. Brad made an excellent deflection off a Dougie Hamilton shot, cutting the lead in half.

Bruins 2, Rangers 2:

The Rangers top line were close to netting their third goal, but failed to capitalize. Richie, Gabby, and Nash made a bad change on the rush, which caused a 4-on-2. Stepan came on and made it to the slot, but Lucic was already there with better positioning. Step couldn’t out-muscle Lucic in the crease, and was able to score a garbage goal.

Bruins 2, Rangers 3:

Torts initially had Taylor Pyatt on the third line, but he was one of the few bottom six forwards to get in on the forcheck and win board battles early in the contest. Torts rewarded Pyatt with increased minutes by moving him up to the second line and it paid off (thanks Torts). The Rangers were pressuring the Bruins in the OZ and failed to clear. Stepan redeemed himself firing a low shot on net. Pyatt picked up the rebound and backhanded one past Rask.

Bruins 3, Rangers 3:

Four-on-four hockey. Girardi missed Boyle on a short pass in the Rangers d-zone, which Andrew Ference was able to pick up on the pinch. Ference then out-muscled Boyle on the boards, put it deep to Campbell, who fired one off Hagelin and onto Horton’s stick. Horton rifled the puck from atop the circle past Lundqvist. From that distance, I thought Hank would have been able to stop that one, but he may have been screened. I’ll let Justin call that one.

Rangers 4 win it 3 in OT:

Gabby got his third of the game (thus rendering Bloomer’s criticism irrelevant) on a breakaway in OT. The Bruins were playing patty cake with the puck near the Rangers blueline, when Gabby went on the aggressive and pressured a turnover. Marian just out skated the Bruins defense and with the puck rolling all over the place, he just took a simple wrist shot. Rask made the initial save with his lower right pad or skate, but Gabby batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net. Unreal hand-eye coordination. Game over.

Final Thoughts

All in all it was a very solid effort by the Blueshirts and a much better showing than the past two games. The Rangers weren’t perfect, their bottom 6 in particular, but that top line of Gaborik-Richie-Nash was nothing short of phenomenal. With that said, once these guys really get going and everyone else skates off the rust, I expect them to be separated again. The Rangers can’t be a one line team, with three left-handed shots no less. For now, Rangers fans (other than Rickyrants) should breathe easy. Hopefully they still have something left in the tank for Philly tomorrow.

Categories : Game Wrap-ups


  1. Mr. Snrub says:

    Great win, but we’re going to need to be able to roll four lines and give the bottom pair more minutes if we’re serious about making a cup run this year.

    • The Suit says:

      Agreed. I think we’ll get there, we just need to get everyone going, not just the top line.

  2. VinceR says:

    I seem to remember comments of trading Staal…did we get rid of him yet? How’d he play? Hmmmm…..

  3. Bob says:

    Come on Suit, don’t be picking on your readers 😉

    • The Suit says:

      Oh I’m just bustin balls. The three of us all work like dogs, have significant others and we are still able to bring you guys compelling content day in and day out. We’re entitled to call a few of you out for entertainment sake.

  4. david says:

    krieder it was nice knowing you njoy the buses down at Hartford,great games by the big time players on this teambut we are going to need to see something from the role players going foward

  5. Bloomer says:

    Ok Gabby made me eat it tonight, but what is with the 5 forwards are the Powerplay? Has it ever worked? It looks like a giant cluster %^$#& when Torts sends 5 forwards over the boards. They lose their shape and are totally disorganized. Message to Torts the 5 forward PP..LET IT GO!

  6. Seahorse says:

    i really really like pyatt. hes great on the cycle and hes not a rocket but hes alot faster than i thought he was. got a good hockey iq, poundin that crease

  7. Mikeyyy says:

    One game does not a season make.

    It was a good game to watch though.

  8. Walt says:

    Who was talking of tradeing Gabby the other day???

    First period was great, then the B boys got nasty, and started playing. I hate Lucic, but I’d give my eye teeth for a guy like him.

    Chris Kreider may need some more time down at the Whale, Tort’s isn’t too keen on the kid. Silly, but I said before, Miller will see action in the bigs sooner, rather than later this season.

    I watched Pyatt a little closer last night, not bad, but I’d like it more if he were a little more physical.

    Nash is the real deal, and he made life easy for Gabby last night. Sure would like to see some more scoreing from the second line!

  9. Chris.C says:

    The 1st period look amazing, nothing but spectacular work by all lines, the forechecking, shooting on net with traffic in front, passing. the score was 2-0 in just 6 mins. It was a NHL elite team playing a High School team. Hopefully theses guys can rope a full 60 mins together like that 90% of the time, thats all I want 90%.

    When Dubi / Arty was traded this summer for Nash I was so damn pissed. But the move was well worth it. Nash is a Beast and the REAL DEAL. The Line of Gabby/Richie/Nash is without a question dazzling to watch (reminds me of the Kovalev/Messier/Graves Line).

    Krieder looks lost / and his positional play hasnt been great either in the 3 games so far. I think whats best for Chris & the team is to return him back to Hartford to get that 18-20 mins of game play.

    For you Suit, Del-zotto (Delza – he lost the “ster”) has been looking much better. He is being much more conservative with his passing and his defensive play has much improved.

    With Game 3 in the books its been one hell of a roller coaster ride up and down. Just cant wait to watch the begin Throttling the competition into submission.

  10. ranger17 says:

    Shenn and Hartnall are out

    • VinceR says:

      And Briere until the weekend…the advantage may be minimized if we don’t have legs though. Hopefully we are starting to get used to playing hockey again and are ready for another back to back.