This afternoon we saw an interesting and classic game between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, two Original Six rivals.
The Rangers were leading 2-1 after two periods and everybody thought things were going smoothly, considering that a win has almost been a guarantee when New York leads after two periods of play. That wasn’t the case today, as the Rangers let a one-goal lead slip and goals by Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara proved to be the difference, as the Bruins fought back and snatched two points from the Rangers.
This closes out a five-game road trip for New York, in which they went 3-2-0. Not a bad trip by any means, but their offense has been almost non-existent, and that is a problem. Rick Nash tallied a goal today along with Ryan McDonagh but other than that there hasn’t been much production from the Rangers’ forwards. Ryan Callahan has been awfully quiet with just six goals and four assists in 18 games. Derick Brassard hasn’t done much either as he has just 11 points in 26 games played.
The turning point for today’s game was obviously the third period. The Bruins came out tough and the Rangers came out conservative and almost seemed relaxed with their one goal lead, in which Henrik Lundqvist was called upon to make several saves to keep his team in the game.
The powerplay came up short once again, they had a chance late in the game after Boston took a too many men penalty, but the Rangers couldn’t convert, and finished the day 0-for-5 on the man advantage.
Some may say that Chara’s goal should have been an easy save for Lundqvist but at the end of the day, it was a costly turnover that just can’t happen and when Chara gets the puck with that much time and space, he is most likely going to make you pay for your mistake.
This was a typical game between the two teams. Decided by one goal, plenty of physical play and a ton of post-whistle scrums. There was only one fight when Brian Boyle dropped the gloves with Chara, but other than that it was nothing but pushing and shoving after the whistle.
Alain Vigneault was visually frustrated after the game, saying that his team didn’t have enough motivation and it was a “B-effort” given by his players. As for the powerplay; “We didn’t get anything on the powerplay. Nothing happened there.” Vigneault stated.
The Rangers can’t dwell on this loss for too long however, as they have the opportunity to turn things around tomorrow when John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks come into Madison Square Garden. That game begins at 2 pm.