Game Wrap-ups

Bruins score three straight, down Rangers in overtime

One of the top teams in the East showed why they are Cup contenders

The Rangers jumped out to an early lead against the Bruins, looking good and holding their own and scoring two of their own. But then the mistakes came, particularly when the Blueshirts botched a 5-on-3 powerplay and gave the Bruins life. That was the turning point, as the Bruins scored three in a row to take the OT win.

Both 5v5 goals against the Rangers were a product of some bad luck, but a team as good as the Bruins makes their own luck. Henrik Lundqvist was great throughout, but there’s only so much he can do with that fire power coming his way.

Rangers 1, Bruins 0

It looks like the Bruins forgot about Pavel Buchnevich in front on this one. There were two Bruins near him but neither put a stick on him. Great pass from Tony DeAngelo and a solid screen from Brendan Lemieux.

Rangers 2, Bruins 0

What a bad turnover by Danton Heinen, springing the rush for Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome. Jaro Halak made the first save but the rebound went right to Filip Chytil for the goal.

Rangers 2, Bruins 1

This is a little rough for Hank. The shot in got deflected twice and went off the post. He dove to try to cover before the rebound could be banged home, but knocked it in himself.

Bruins 2, Rangers 2

Another bad luck goal. This time the centering pass and subsequent shot by David Krejci goes off Mika Zibanejad and right to David Pastrnak who one-times it home.

Bruins 3, Rangers 2

Overtime is crazy sometimes. Pastrnak is very good, and Krejci had the open net here.

Shot Heatmap

As a team, the Rangers had a strong game, especially when you consider they were up against the Bruins. They got good chances, but in the end Boston was just better. That’s how the cookie crumbles.

Skater Results

The third line continued to struggle, getting pinned repeatedly in their own end. This is one of those games where you can look at the tape and the stats and wonder what is going on with that third line. Changing up the center there might work, but I’ve been beating that Howden to wing drum for a while.

There isn’t much time for the Rangers to think about this one, as they have another matinee against the Devils tomorrow.

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  • Not many negatives today. They played well on the road, hung tough against the most physical team in the East, and got a point.

    Boston 3-on-3: almost unfair, they can roll out deep waves of dangerous offensive talent with solid defense.

  • I thought the Rangers played a smart road game against a very good Bruin team. The young blueshirts continue to improve with some road bumps along the way. Chytil looks great between Bread and Strome, he has made some huge strides in his game.

  • Rangers played well today. I’m not a fan of having Strome and Chytil on same line. One of those two needs to be third line center bumping Howden down to pivot the 4th line.

    Kreider- Zibby-Buch

  • The Rangers played their hearts out, no question.

    This is the type of game that CK should be more noticeable.

    Chytil and Fox continue to be the leaders of the youth movement. Just great.

    Fans blaming the bad PP on the coach’s timeout are delusional. It’s not his fault that his players are not shooting the puck when they have the open looks, which they do, and are passing instead.

    Another chance to keep the streak going today against a motivated opponent against the Rangers.

  • Yes, where the heck was Kreider (again) yesterday. What kind of “captain” material was THAT?

    • I agree. It would’ve been nice to have Kreider put his stamp on this game. It’s frustrating to watch him play some games where he’s entering the O-zone with ease and whizzing around the boards swatting off defenders like gnats with total confidence. And then other games you barely notice the announcers call his name. Yesterday was one of those AWOL games for him.

  • If you told me at breakfast yesterday they’d get a point on the road v. Boston, any of us would have taken it. Boston is just a better team. There is such a thing as a moral victory in November in the NHL; it’s called getting a point against a superior team on the road. On to NJ- these are the games the Rangers have a way of not showing up for. Two points in regulation mandatory.

    Regards- orange

  • Tough loss, but lots of positives to balance out some of the negatives. Chytil scoring again. He’s developing into the 2 C we have needed and showing consistency. ADA and Strome keep raising their value. Wow Panarin is amazing. We outshot them and stayed almost even on face offs. No Bergeron, I get it, but good none the less. We were pretty disciplined, only giving them 1 PP. Our D is playing better. Hank has been pretty solid. Tough goal he pushed in, but bad bounces happen. This was a road game against the best team in the league.

    PP was not good. Buch did score a few seconds after the PP. we blew a two goal lead.

    It’s still a development year. And we’re developing. The growing pains will be there. Pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and let’s see a solid performance in NJ.

  • It’s time for Kakko to get his full opportunity to display his phenomenal god-given talent. Stop this third line nonsense with Howden as his center. It’s a rebuild Mr. Quinn and if Kreider is going play a half-assed game get Kappo hooked up with a decent center and get him playing time.

  • I was praying for three points this weekend… a win today will answer my prayer against a team that will be ready to play….hope all had a wonderful thanksgiving…

    • I think that the game today will be a tough one. Devs always get up for the Rangers.

      Devs goaltending is a mess. If the Rangers don’t shoot in this game they never will.

      And BTW, I just looked. The Rangers are next to last in SOG as a team (only the Isles have less). Only 3 or 4 Rangers in the top 200-250 NHL players, all D men except for Panarin. Zib out hurts, obviously.

      But they are 8th in goals per game, which clearly means that their shooting % as a team is very high. So when that regresses, then the Ranger goalies are going to have to play lights out to get wins. OR, just shoot the dam puck and get those SOG. That seems like the easier answer.

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