|Lucic celebrates after scoring in the first|
The Bruins beat the Rangers 3-1 in their season opener at the Garden. Fresh off the work stoppage this game was fast paced and very physical. Bruins lit the lamp first when Lucic buried a rebound off a Krejci wrist shot at 14:14 in the first. Paille tipped a Cambell shot that ended up hitting the post and going in off of Lundqvist in the second to put the B’s up 2-0. Brad Richards got the Rangers on the board on a funky wrist shot that beat Tuukka just before the half way point in the game. There were a couple of nice scraps in the second. Thornton got the best of Mike Rupp and Greg Cambell went blow for blow with Stu Bickel. Both Bruins were undersized and held their own. Johnny Boychuk put the Bruins up 3-1 in the third when his shot was tipped by a Ranger and found its way to the back of the net. The Bruins never looked back and finished the game with a strong defensive effort. The Bruins outshot the Rangers 34-21. Great game for the B’s getting the win. The only downside was the Bruins were 0-6 on the power play; this continues to be their only true weakness. Next up is the Winnipeg Jets on Monday at 1:00 in Boston.