Preseason Game 1
Boston Bruins 2, New York Rangers 1 – 15 Sept 2009 – Madison Square Garden
Rangers (0-1-0) in Pre-season
Chris Higgins scored the lone Ranger goal at 10:05 of the third period to cut the Boston lead to 2-1, but the Rangers did not have enough to tie this one up to send to OT. Higgins was assisted by Alexei Semenov and Ales Kotalik. Glad to see the Rangers found another giant human in Semenov – yet another guy listed at a towering 6-6 – and can bring some toughness to our very thin defense.
Another thing I loved about this game was the debut of Matt Gilroy. You’ve gotta love his game. He didn’t hold back as he finished second on the squad with 4 shots on goal (trailing only Ryan Callahan’s 6). We haven’t had an offensive minded defenseman since the days of No. 2.
Notable scratches from this game include the latest messiah, Marian Gaborik, Sean Avery, Henrik Lundqvist, and Brandon Dubinsky, who is still holding out. Not good on the Dubinsky front, but can you really blame him when the Rangers are thinking of making him the top line center? Come on.
Steve Valiquette was decent in net, but the story of this one was the Bruin backup netminder, Tuukka Rask, who completed the entire game and stopped 31 of the 32 Ranger shots. Matt Zaba relieved Valiquette and looked solid between the pipes.
Another funny note was the fact that newcoming enforcer, Donald Brashear, was greeted with plenty of boos by the lovely Ranger faithful – obviously we are still ticked off about what he did to Blair Betts…speaking of Betts, I can’t find any news regarding whether or not he has signed anywhere.
Topics: Ales Kotalik, Alexei Semenov, Blair Betts, Boston Bruins, Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Higgins, Donald Brashear, Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, Matt Gilroy, Matt Zaba, Sean Avery, Steve Valiquette, Tuukka Rask