Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (SO)
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- The Bruins scored two goals in 48 seconds in the final 1:31 of regulation to earn one point, but couldn't complete the comeback, falling to the Rangers, 4-3, in a shootout with Ryan Callahan getting the winner for New York.
Looking flat for most of the game, Boston came to life when David Krejci cut the Rangers' lead to 3-1 8:44 into the third period, then Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand scored the two late goals, with Marchand tying the game with 43 seconds left in regulation.
The Rangers were led by Henrik Lundqvist, who stymied the Bruins for the first 48:44 of regulation. New York got goals from Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan and Anton Stralman.
Krejci gets Bruins, linemates going again -- Krejci continued to keep his promise that he will be more consistent this season as he now has 10 points in his last nine games. His goal 8:44 into the final period got his linemates going and eventually the rest of the team followed. Milan Lucic got his first of two assists on the night on the Krejci goal, then assisted on Horton goal. Horton hadn't scored since Jan. 29 against New Jersey, but looked rejuvenated after the Krejci goal, as did the rest of his teammates.
Marchand the hot shot again -- Marchand's game-tying goal was his second in two games and he now has a team-leading seven lamplighters. Marchand continues to have more confidence in his shot and is fooling goalies with his quick release. Tuesday's goal was his biggest yet.
Bruins return favor to Rask -- There have been at least two times this season that Rask has bailed out his teammates, most notably last week in a 2-1 win at Montreal and on Jan. 23 in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Rangers. On Tuesday, the Bruins returned the favor as Rask wasn't at his best. He most likely wants the Stepan and Stralman goals back and overall he just didn't seem to be as quick and alert as he usually is. At the other end, Lundqvist was a wall between the pipes, shutting the Bruins out for the first 48:44 of regulation.
Rangers make Bruins pay for mistakes -- The Bruins don't usually beat themselves. They did so in a forgettable third period against Buffalo on Jan. 31 when they gave up four straight goals and lost 7-4, but since then they've been back to their usual stingy and mistake-free selves. But on Tuesday, the Bruins appeared to get a little too cute at times and they paid dearly. The Rangers' first three goals were the results of either bad decisions or poor passes by the Bruins. Andrew Ference got caught cheating on the Hagelin goal in the first period and Lucic made a dangerous backhand pass attempt just inside the offensive blue line that Stepan picked off for his goal in the second period. Yes, Rask could have had the save, but Lucic's error led to the scoring chance.
Usual alignment: The Bruins lines were back to normal Tuesday as Tyler Seguin was back with Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, and Horton was back with Krejci and Lucic. Here's what the rest of the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Patrice Bergeron-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly- Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid