Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (SO)
By Katie Strang
What it means: The Bruins erased a 3-0 deficit with a trio of goals in the third period -- two which came in the final 1:31 in regulation -- to force overtime, but captain Ryan Callahan's deciding goal in the shootout gave the Rangers a 4-3 win in Boston on Tuesday night. Callahan's winner, scored in the fourth round of the shootout, led the Rangers to their third straight victory -- the club's longest winning streak this season.
Hometown rally: With their goaltender pulled for the extra attacker, the Bruins tallied twice in the final minutes of regulation on goals from Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand to earn a point and push the game to overtime. Marchand's equalizer was his seventh goal in 10 games.
Great passing play: Rangers winger Rick Nash made the play of the game, dishing off to a wide-open Carl Hagelin on the left wing after getting tripped up by Bruins defensemen Andrew Ference in the offensive zone. Nash's stellar set-up, his seventh assist of the season, gave Hagelin his third goal in two games. Oddly enough, the man who was responsible for trading Nash to the Rangers last summer, Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, was fired by Columbus just minutes after Nash's deft play.
Stepping up: Center Derek Stepan capitalized on a giveaway by Milan Lucic, corralling a loose puck and firing one past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for a 2-0 Rangers lead at 8:17 of the second period.
Too many times: Rangers coach John Tortorella was understandably livid after his club took its sixth too-many-men penalty of the season. Although it was defenseman Anton Stralman who incurred Tortorella's wrath Tuesday, the Rangers have had a rotating cast of characters responsible for the abundance of boneheaded bench minors.
Long drought: After missing out on yet another 5-on-3 power-play opportunity in the third, Stralman padded the team's lead with his first regular-season goal in more than a year. Stralman trickled one past Rask for a 3-0 Rangers lead at 2:07.
Scratched again: Rangers forward and Boston native Brian Boyle was scratched for the third straight game Tuesday. After the team’s morning skate, the hulking center described the benching as "infuriating."