LET THE BLOOD FLOW..
Tonight has all the makings of a turning point, statement game for the Bruins. Coming off a hard fought win against Toronto on Monday night. The B’s, with a win, could gain two points on the Habs and still have a game in hand.
It was a game in late March at the Garden back in 2011 when the Bruins put a 7-0 spanking on the Habs and really set the tone for what was to come in the playoffs.
The two teams will meet one more time after tonight back in Montreal. The Habs came into Boston, did their whole diving routine, got calls and stole two points from the B’s and quite frankly the Bruins haven’t been the same since that game.
The Bruins rolled into MSG Wednesday night having not lost on the young season and were set for another playoff-like game against the Rangers. This time the cards didn’t fall in the Bruins favor as a Marian Gaborik hat-trick led the Rangers to a 4-3 overtime win.
Gaborik stole the show in the first period, scoring two goals 2:13 apart which was the only scoring in the opening frame between the two teams. However towards the end of the period things got chippy when Adam McQuaid took acception to a late Brian Boyle shot after a whistle and settled the issue how men tend to do in the NHL.
The Mcquaid fight seemed to re-energize the flat Bruins between periods as the B’s came out flying in the second period. Marchand (2) scored the teams first power-play goal of the year 1:05 into the second when he tipped in a Dougie Hamilton shot from the point.
Just past the mid-way point of the period Lucic (2) tied the game for the B’s 2-2. The tie only stood for :46 second until Taylor Pyatt gave the Rangers the lead again.
Boston continued to battle in the third and while cycling the puck deep in the Rangers zone, the puck was chipped out to the point where an unattended to Nathan Horton (1), just off the bench, ripped a slapper beating Lundqvist between the wickets.
The game moved to overtime and was thrilling for the :27 seconds it lasted. A pass attempt to Ference at the blue line was bobbled and Marian Gaborik broke between the two Bruins defenders, springing himself on a breakaway. Rask made the initial save but Gaborik batted the rebound from mid-air past Rask securing the hat-trick and the win for New York.
B’s hit the ice again Friday night at home against the Islanders.
There’s nothing better than a little Monday afternoon hockey to put everyones heads in a better place after the way Sunday night ended. The Bruins continued their season as Tuukka Rask turned away 26 shots in the Bruins 2-1 shootout win at TD Garden.
The Jets came off a tough opening night loss to Ottawa, after taking a 1-0 lead on the Sens, Winnipeg rang the post five times in their 4-1 loss. Monday afternoon was deja vu for the Jets. Chris Thorburn scored 1:58 into the opening frame giving the Jets and early lead, as well as their only goal of the game.
Tyler Seguin, who can’t seem to buy a goal in the early going, found his way onto the score sheet in Monday’s tilt. Seguin made an effort play keeping the puck in the Jets zone and started transition for the B’s, finding Marchand (1) open in front of Pavelec and beat him to tie the game 1-1 with 6:48 left in the first.
The two teams battled for the final two periods but no one was able to find the back of the net. As for the post game that plagued Winnipeg on Saturday, it seemed to have become contagious and the Bruins were the ones ringing the pipes hitting four posts in the last two periods.
The Bruins came up big with two penalty kills in the overtime period to force a shootout where goals by Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron were enough to out duel the Jets in the shootout and give the Bruins the W.
With the lock-out shortened season NBC has been promoting Rivalry Wednesday, which the Bruins will be participating in this week when they head to MSG for a second meeting with the Rangers.