That's more like it: B's beat Rangers 6-3 to snap losing streak
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The Boston Bruins snapped their short but concerning two-game losing streak as they beat the New York Rangers 6-3 at Madison Square Garden with goals from Jarome Iginla, Doug Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, Milan Lucic and two from Greg Campbell.
B's get back on track (by R. Taylor/Getty)
Tukka Rask backstopped the B's to the tune of 39 saves on 42 shots faced for his 26th win of the year.
The Bruins didn't start out so hot (sound familiar), as they again looked deader than dead in the first 20 minutes. They were outshot 20-9 and looked like they did for much of yesterday's game vs the Caps. They couldn't gain any traction, couldn't make clean plays in any zone and gave up way too many shots to the Rangers. J.T. Miller took advantage of a David Krejci blunder 3:20 into the game, burying a breakaway goal as the result of a broken play that began with Krejci's mishap. Miller beat Tuukka Rask for his third of the year.
But Rask and the Bruins kept the Rangers off the board for the rest of the period, and Jarome Iginla tied the game at 18:07. Iginla crashed the net and deflected Krejci's shot past Henrik Lundqvist for his 18th of the season.
The Bruins added two more in the second off the sticks of Doug Hamilton and Carl Soderberg.
With the first line driving the bus into the offensive zone, Milan Lucic tried to get the puck across the zone to David Krejci, but the puck took a deflection off a Ranger and straight to the streaking Doug Hamilton, who took the puck in stride and roofed it past Lundqvist. It was Hamilton's 7th of the year at 4:04. Soderberg made it 3-1 when he corralled a loose puck in front of the net from a Hamilton shot from the blueline and made with the slick hands in pulling it back and shooting it past Lundqvist. It was Soderberg's 10th goal of the year at 9:34.
Brad Richards got the Rangers as close as they would the rest of the night, scoring his 16th of the year at 16:53.
But the Bruins held tight for the remainder of the game, and it was Greg Campbell in the third period who made a little bit of history with his score that put the game out of reach for New York. Greg Campbell scored his fourth of the year shorthanded to make it 4-2 at 9:04, but it was Loui Eriksson who made the play happen. Loui drove the offensive zone by himself and pulled up on the far boards, drawing the Rangers defenseman, allowing the streaking Campbell to receive the pass and bear down on King Henrik.
It was the first time in 33 regular season games in which the Bruins scored four goals on Henrik Lundqvist.
Greg Campbell bagged his second of the period as a result of some good ol' fashioned hard work from the Merlot line. With Danny Paille charging the zone and Campbell driving the net, DP20 flicked it towards the bodies in front and it took a deflection off of Campbell's skate and past Lundqvist. A brief video-review confirmed it was not a distinct kicking motion and the goal stood.
After Ryan McDonagh scored a powerplay goal to cut the lead to 5-3, the Bruins came right back and added another, this time on a deflection by Milan Lucic on a Matt Bartkowski shot with 1:36 remaining to ice the game. It was Lucic's 19th goal of the season and ended the night at MSG.
After a dull first 18 minutes-ish coming out of the gates, the Bruins flipped their game around in the last two periods and played the type of hockey we know this team can play.
And after a bad two games to start the post-Olympic, stopping the bleeding before it becomes a serious threat is a great sign for the Black and Gold.
Jarome Iginla's goal at the end of the first period, after being so vastly outplayed for much of the frame, seemed to loosen the entire team. They caught a break and capitalized on the momentum going through the rest of the game. They conquered the vaunted Henrik Lundqvist and looked like the Bruins we saw before the Olympics.
They Bruins still have yet to lose three games in a row this season.
The B's are off tomorrow before hosting the Panthers on Tuesday at 7 p.m.