The Rangers steal two points tonight with a 2-1 win over what has to be a frustrated Bruins team that was ready to go from the start. Although he played well, including the one ridiculous back heel scorpion save on Max Talbot, it wasn’t quite the Henrik Lundqvist show we’re used to either as he had some shaky moments. The Bruins rang the post multiple times, missed wide open nets, and had the Rangers uncomfortably on their heels for long stretches. But it’s didn’t produce enough results and the Bruins gave too much back in the third period. A flat start to the final frame allowed Derick Brassard to tap in the tying goal 35 seconds in and Jesper Fast tipped home the winner on a prayer with 1:42 to go in the game and that was it. Feel free to shoot my dog while you’re at it too.
Okay let’s get this blog over with…
Here are BostonPucks.com 3 Thoughts from the game:
1) Bruins 4th Line Was Fantastic
I’m going to keep this post game script positive to temper my dry heaves because there was a lot of good out there tonight. And it seemed anything the Bruins accomplished in this game went directly through the 4th line. Zac Rinaldo (5 shots), Max Talbot (3 shots), and Landon Ferraro (1 shot) were all over the Rangers with an incredibly hard and smart forecheck. Throw in a couple posts, a robbery by Lundqvist, on top of their combined 9 shots and they were a goal away from the perfect game. But in all honesty, for what their role calls for that was a perfect game for them. Even though it was weird seeing Vatrano as a healthy scratch tonight that line earned themselves another game together.
2) Spooner and Hayes Continue To Stay Hot
There were long stretches of this game where Spooner was the best player on the ice. The first period was the prime example. He did great in the faceoff circle, and put a lot of rubber on Lundqvist, including a dangle that left an open near post he hit on almost a sure tap in:
Spooner’s assist on the Jimmy Hayes goal gives him 7 points now in the 6 games as the “replacement” for the injured David Krejci. And speaking of Hayes, his goal was filthy. Just a super heavy low stick side snipe that usually don’t beat goalies at the NHL level, let alone The King. That’s now 5 goals and 1 assist for Hayes in the past 6 games. Jimmy Slays, indeed.
3) Brett Connolly Must Be Losing His Mind
People love to hate this guy for his lack of scoring we all hoped we’d see and some of it is fair game. It’s what he’s paid to do. But I can honestly say now I’ve never seen a forward more snake bitten than him in my life. When he made a real smooth cradle move around the Rangers defense to get to the slot and teed off a wicked snapper I thought he’d done it. Nope. It caught all iron, all day. Connolly threw his hands to his head like “what the f&#% else can I do?”. It’s just how it’s gone for him. Just one goal in his last 30 games. I know no one wants to hear this, including Connolly, but he just has to keep at it when in the lineup and one will go. Hopefully before St. Patrick’s Day.
- Kevan Miller was a -2 tonight and Ryan McDonagh absolutely undressed him on the half wall to get the puck to the slot that set up the tying goal 0:35 seconds into the 3rd period. And even though Keith Yandle’s point shot on the fantastic redirect by Fast appeared to be going wide, Fast was Miller’s man. Either get the man or disrupt the puck. On both goals he did neither.
- Despite the great work that Spooner is doing in his new Krejci role the Bruins are 2-5 (including the game he left mid-way through due to his injury) without him. They miss 46 and his intangibles dearly.
- It amazes me (but not really) how many times the Bruins control the play for long stretches during games and the second the opposition finally gets a single chance to score at the other end, it’s in the back of net. Young defense, old defense, breakdowns, call it whatever the hell you want but it needs to stop yesterday. First and last minute goals are killers and often hint at lack of focus in key moments.
The Bruins look to stop the bleeding Wednesday night in Philadelphia against a Flyers team that’s found it’s way a little bit recently having won 3 in a row. Puck drop at 8pm EST.