Tuukka Rask made some big saves tonight, but the defense left him hanging a little too much.
NewYork City, Madison Square Garden. The Rangers came out hungry as Marian Gaborik scored two goals, the lead was 2-0 going into the intermission.
The second period started as Lucic came cruising down the lane to get stuffed by Henrik. The Bruins would continue the energy as they would score 2 goals, one coming on the power play with a slappy from Hamilton tipped in from Marchand (second of the year), and Milan Lucic (second of the year) knocking in the rebound after Chara led a 3 on 1 charge. The Rangers would quickly answer as Taylor Pyatt capitalized on a pass from Derek Stepan. The score was 3-2 Rangers going into the last intermission.
The third started with a lot of energy from the Bruins. It took nearly 3/4 of the quarter for Horton to tie the game. The penalty kill came up huge at the end of the period killing a 5 on 3 Rangers advantage. Tuukka came up huge at the end of the period as Rick Nash came down the lane and Tuukka sprawled to stop Gaborik's hattrick (he would eventually get it) preserving the point.
Overtime started, but a turnover by the Bruins led to a Gaborik breakaway. Tuukka made the initial save but he followed it up for his hat trick. The first win of the season for the Rangers as the Bruins fall to 2-0-1 leading the Eastern Conference with 5 points.
Key things to take away. Bruins started very slow, seemed very un-interested in the first period and had to play catch-up all game. The powerplay finally came through as the Bruins were able to convert off a Hamilton shot tipped in from Marchand. Penalty kill was on point again, keeping the 100% record alive. Something I noticed, defense was very suspect tonight, leaving Tuukka vulnerable, and making him come up with some big plays.
All in all we will take the point and will go back at it Friday when the other New York team, the Islanders come to Boston, I expect a blowout.