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Goal Breakdown: Rangers at Bruins

The Rangers blew a 3-0 lead, but Ryan Callahan saved a victory in the shootout

The Rangers blew a 3-0 lead, but Ryan Callahan saved a victory in the shootout

The Rangers choked away a 3-0 lead, but were still able to pick up their second win over Boston this season. New York dominated for much of the game, but foolishly sat back in the third period and the Bruins sealed a comeback with 2 goals in the final 1:31. An extremely entertaining overtime period followed before the Rangers entered their first shootout of the year. Rick Nash’s beautiful goal gave the Rangers a chance to seal the victory, but Brad Marchand rifled a gorgeous shot past Henrik Lundqvist to even the score. Lundqvist stopped David Krejci and then captain Ryan Callahan scored the game-winner by roofing a shot over Tuukka Rask.

It wasn’t a pretty win and the blown lead was miserable, but the Rangers still picked up their 4th win in the last 5 games. Unfortunately, they allowed the Bruins to earn a point in the process. It was the 19th time in 24 games between these 2 teams that the game was decided by just 1 goal.

First Period

Rangers 1, Bruins 0 Carl Hagelin (10:37)

This play was all Rick Nash. First, Nash forced a turnover in the Boston zone that led to a shot. Gregory Campbell was able to guide the puck out to center ice, but 3 Boston forwards went for a change and Dan Girardi quickly hit Nash charging down the middle. 2 defenders not named Zdeno Chara (Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid) converged on Nash and even though Nash was tripped up by Ference, he was able to fling a backhand pass to a waiting Carl Hagelin for an easy deposit into an empty net. It was Hagelin’s 4th goal in his last 5 games after going goal-less for 36 straight.

Second Period

Rangers 2, Bruins 0 Derek Stepan (8:17)

The Bruins had completely stolen the momentum of the game after yet another New York too many men penalty, but Derek Stepan momentarily silenced the crowd. Rookie defender Dougie Hamilton coughed up a pass from Milan Lucic at Boston’s blueline and Stepan scooped up the puck. He was able to cruise in 2-on-1 with Hagelin and rather than try to fit a pass by Zdeno Chara, Stepan elected to fire a laser far-side.

Third Period

Rangers 3, Bruins 0 Anton Stralman (2:07)
After the Rangers failed to capitalize on a length 5-on-3, Anton Stralman casually picked up the puck at the red line and came cruising down the wing to shoot a quick wrister on Rask. Tim Thomas’s replacement allowed the puck to trickle through his five-hole and over the line, an awful goal to give up down 2-0. Rask knew it, too; he smashed his stick into the ice in frustration after the play.

Rangers 3, Bruins 1 David Krejci (8:44)

The Rangers took a number of penalties at inopportune times tonight and it finally cost them. Just as a Nash hooking penalty was expiring, the Bruins got on the board. Lundqvist made the initial save on a tough deflection by Lucic, but Krejci was able to slip the rebound underneath a sprawled King.

Rangers 3, Bruins 2 Nathan Horton (18:29)

Boston pulled Rask with 1:45 left and the Bruins got the puck deep. Lundqvist was unable to control Ference’s high point shot and Lucic knocked it down on the doorstep. Nathan Horton was able to grab the loose puck and slip it under Lundqvist. Second time Lucic’s big body caused problems in front and there was little the Rangers could do about it.

Rangers 3, Bruins 3 Brad Marchand (19:17)

And again. With Rask again out of the net the Bruins were able to maintain offensive zone possession. After a few tries from the point, Marchand got the puck to Patrice Bergeron in the slot. Bergeron attempted to pass to Campbell in front of the net, but the puck ticked off Callahan’s skate right onto Marchand’s stick and he was able to easily sweep it home.

Shootout
Bruins: Seguin (stopped), Bergeron (stopped), Marchand (scored), Krejci (lost puck)
Rangers: Gaborik (stopped), Nash (scored), Richards (stopped), Callahan (scored)

18 Responses to “Goal Breakdown: Rangers at Bruins”

  1. Jerry says:

    Two things that are becoming a big problem for this team is the power play,which we all know to we’ll, and the lack of control of the puck .they get rid of the puck like they are scared to carry it leading to way to many turn overs which leads to to much time in our zone.they throw it out of our zone to get it clear instead of carrying it out which in turn gives it right back to the opposing teams.its starting to drive me nuts.

    • Dave says:

      From what I’m gathering (couldn’t watch last night), they played not to lose instead of playing to win.

  2. Seahorse says:

    that stepan wrister reminded me of something eerily similar from last year

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ldv1F56jwo

  3. neal says:

    Has miller done enough to warrant him staying up with the big club?

    • Kevin says:

      That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? He’s been very quiet the last 2 games and still doesn’t know what he’s doing defensively. He can clearly handle the pace of the game, but that’s about all I’m certain of going forward. And if there’s any doubt, I think it might be wise to send him back to CT, save the contract year, and eliminate a question mark that could come back to bite the franchise

      • VinceR says:

        It will hopefully be obvious after the next two games when the decision will have to be made. Now that he has three under his belt, we’ll see how he plays against some lesser opponents. We’ll see if he can play as well again against the Isles and if he can take advantage of the hapless Caps.

    • Dave says:

      He’s been quiet, but that doesn’t necessarily mean bad. It’s tough to watch someone play without the puck on TV. That level of play will determine if he’s ready.

  4. Mikeyyy says:

    They played well for 45 minutes. Not a full 60 effort….pp stunk the house .

  5. SalMerc says:

    I think the team was too content with dumping in the 3rd and not trying to get shots or even battle behind the net. Bruins don’t give up, and to think they were going to lay down and go quietly was a mistake. I like that all 4 lines saw action in the 3rd, but it takes 60 minutes of hockey in this league.

  6. Walt says:

    You hate to go back and look at last season, and the way they played in the 3rd period, but man alive, this team is giving up way too much in the 3rd!

    The last two minutes were gut churning, and Hank was left out to dry some what. Give credit where it’s due, Boston came back strong, and gave it their all to get at least one point. Say what you want, I’m glad we won’t see these guys again, unless it’s in the play-offs!

    What can anyone say that hasn’t been said about Nash. The feed to Hags for the first goal, then the shoot-out, undressed the goalie big time.

  7. Dave says:

    I’m happy they got the two points, but they really shouldn’t have given Boston their bonus point.

  8. Gary says:

    The last two games especially Boston have been against some of the better teams in the NHL, therefore I don’t think is a bad ideal keeping miller up.

  9. ranger17 says:

    Think we need to send Miller down and put Boyle back in and run 4 lines
    Kreider BR Nash
    Hags Stepan Gabby
    Cally Halpern Pyatt
    Boyle Ashem Powe
    Maybe sit BR for miller before sending him down BR not doing anything right now . What do you say about the PP . Hags has the hot hand no PP time .Ranger fan for 60 + years some things never ever change . 3rd period they play not to lose and sit back and then have to scramble to get the extra point

    • Jeff P says:

      I have come to the conclusion that playing Nash with BR is a waste of talent. Everyone was saying, look what Nash did with Columbus, just wait until he has a playmaking center. Guess what? Nash does not need a playmaking center. Gaborik’s game is going to an open spot and waiting for a feed to snipe. Nash is best with a puck on his stick – Hagelin is perfect for his line, because he will do the dirty work and clean up rebounds that Nash will generate. I would eventually like to see a guy like J.T.Miller to center Nash and Hagelin, because his game is also suited to that style.

  10. Tim B says:

    I didnt see the third period but to me:
    -I believe Anton Stralman’s trade value is increasing by each game.
    -i think Miller should be sent down right now. If you think about it, what happens in the playoffs (if the rangers make it), if there are injuries (boyle, gaborik, dubi?)?, well miller could still be called up and play 2 games without a year being taken off his contract. Also it shows everybody what he can do in 2 games against playoff teams just what like Kreider did.
    -Halpern isnt getting the job done at the circle. Shift him to LW, and Boyle can center that line. Powe seems to be on a hot streak so bump him up to the third line.
    -the team has a problem. The folowing players CAN play RW, Cally, Nash, Gabby, Pyatt, Asham, Powe, Hags. Obviously You have Cally, Gabby and Nash. I think the lines should look like
    Gabby-Richards-Callahan
    Hagelin-Stepan-Nash
    Pyatt-Kreider-powe
    Halpern-Boyle-Asham
    U have an excellent top 6 in the correct positions. You no longer have 3 awesome RW’s who play on three lines. The third line is PWF’s who can score and defend.
    -Give Torts the PP command and shift Sully to PK, preventing penalties,(too many men), skating, scoring, plays, defense.
    -block more shots (they bad more blocked shots per game in the playoffs than 3-4X tbe amount they get now)
    -need to roll all 6 defensemen and spread out the minutes more equally
    -teach defensemen how to score more (mike green 30+ goal season)
    -play consistently for 60 minutes without having games like yesterday in the third period.
    Yup those are my thoughts. Feel free to post your thoughts on this. I would like to see the opinion of others.

  11. Steve D says:

    Here are my two cents from last night:
    - Holding a 3 goal lead against a good team on the road is difficult for any team – period.
    - 6 on 5 needs practice – big time.
    - ice the puck trying to hit the empty net should be attempted every chance they can. I don’t care how many times they have to face off.
    - King needs to only stop the puck – never stick handle it. He almost blew it several times again last night.
    - Miller needs to go down, and work on issues he has learned, and get in tip top shape. He was winded on several shifts towards the end of the game.
    - 5 on 3 PP should not be firing from the points into a crowd, they should have enough skill to pass and snipe quickly.

    Not worried about this team at all, they play excellent except for the last 90 seconds. Dominating B in B is a great accomplishment.