Keys to the Game VS Rangers
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1) Patience. Coming off of a frustrating game versus the Jets the Bruins players might be looking for a quick goal and squeezing that stick just a little too tight. The Bruins need to forget last games miss fortunes and relax. The Bruins should just play their game and take what is given to them. The most frustrated Bruin is probably Tyler Seguin who rang the post a few times and missed a wide open net. Seguin, who already has one assist, will start scoring soon enough.
2) Intimidation. Shawn Thornton and Greg Campbell already got in fights against the Rangers. Last year the Rangers where first in the league with 65 fights and the Bruins second with 61. Both teams are tough and physical but to win the Bruins will have to be more physical then the Rangers. If this means starting the 4th line on the opening face off then Claude will do it because he is never afraid to use all four lines at any time necessary.
3)Tuukka Vs. Lundqvist. Two U's, Two K's, and Two points. Tuukka has proved in the two games he is a great starting goaltender. I have faith in Tuukka, I always have, but it has only been two games. For the Bruins to win the majority of their games versus top teams it has to be a close scoring defensive game. Tuukka did a great job of that versus the Rangers only giving up one goal. Like last season how ever, Lundqvist is starting off slow giving up 9 goals in two games. At some point, some point soon, Lundqvist will return to his Vezina trophy winning form. He could tonight against the Bruins.
If the Bruins play like the Bruins they can beat the Rangers. The Bruins success would on the power play would be a contributing factor but the only way the Bruins are scoring on a power play is if it deflects off of someone. The penalty kill is always a great factor in the Bruins play but of course if there is a lapse in coverage or they try to do to much the Bruins could fall prey to a Nash or Gaborik goal. All in all the Bruins could start out the season hot; going 3-0 and beating the Rangers twice.