The Bruins traveled to Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers and (of course) come back to get the win in OT 3-2. Looking rusty from the jump, the Bruins battled back against the Rangers (and some iffy reviews) to secure the 2 points.
In the first of a pair against this Original Six rival, the B’s looked like they hadn’t played in well, about 5 days actually. Coming off a COVID forced layoff (thanks Sabres), the Bruins got back Jake DeBrusk (missed last 5) and Matt Grzelcyk (missed last 4). Debrusk slid onto the 3rd line with Coyle and Bjork which put Frederic back on the 4th unit. This was DeBrusk’s best game of the year. He was noticeably using his speed and was around the puck all night. Tough call went against him in the 3rd when it looked like he finally scored. After a review the play was ruled a no goal even though at least 1 camera angle showed it over the goal line (in my opinion). Still a good game by DeBrusk. He paced the team with 7 shots and was credited with 3 hits in just over 14 minutes of ice time.
The Bruins started flat and it took them awhile to wake up. Thankfully Tuukka Rask was locked in and ready to go from the opening draw. Rask was HUGE tonight. Big save after big save, he kept the Bruins in this one until they got it going in the second. The goals the Rangers scored had nothing to do with Rask. The first was a bang-bang from behind the net that he didn’t have a prayer on and then the 2nd was (another review against the Bruins) a high stick – off the defenseman – off Rask’s shoulder – for a bouncer tap-in in the blue paint: No chance. Rask’s sickest save of the night was not only highlight worthy, it came at a crucial spot in the game and gave the Bruins the momentum they needed. Midway through the 2nd with the Rangers on the PP, Kreider finds Zibanejad with a cross crease sauce pass for a tap in. Rask was there with the glove save to deny Zibanejad. Just over a minute later, while still killing off the penalty, The Mayor of Walpole Chris Wagner picked off Panarin at the point and goes down for shortie off the post and in. That Rask save turned into a 2 goal swing. Also on a tactical note: the next power play the Bruins had a defenseman back out there on the point. Before Panarin gave it away to Wags, the Bruins were rolling with a 5 forward PP-1.
The game got a bit more up tempo and open in the 3rd with both teams trading chances and both goalies standing on their heads. Anders Bjork put the B’s ahead coming out of the corner on a nice feed from DeBrusk sitting in Gretzky’s Office. The Rangers came back about 3 minutes later on Rooney’s goal (the aforementioned blue paint tap in) and the game was heading to OT. Of course they were coming back, of course they were going to win in OT. The only drama was how’s it going to happen this time? Bergeron to Marchand walking into the zone, Marchy dekes Georgiev for an easy put it and here comes Fox sliding across the crease to save the game. Back down the other way a 2 on 1 against McAvoy and all he does is bat the puck down out of midair and send Marchy in alone on a bank pass. Shoulder shimmy and it’s in the netting. Chuckie Bright Lights played outstanding tonight with over 25 minutes of ice time and capped it off with the apple on Marchy’s game winner.
Side Note: For those of you who were watching the NBC feed; was it me or does Pierre have a little crush on Adam Fox? Poor Kenny Albert must of felt like the 3rd wheel.
- Secondary scoring: B’s didn’t have to lean on the Erection Line tonight
- Young guns on D leading the way: McAvoy, Lauzon and Zboril all had 20+ minutes
- I know I’m his personal hype man but holy fuck Rask is playing unbelievable
- 5th comeback win in a row: it can’t continue. Can it?
- Power play went 0 for 2.
- Would’ve like to see a better first period. Is coffee not available at MSG?
- Funny moment in the 3rd: with about a minute left in the game, Rask skated to the bench. Either he thought there was a delayed call or didn’t realize that the game still had 60 seconds left. The bench exploded yelling “get back, get back” and he did to no harm. Big smile coming to the bench after the horn.
- Miller and Lemieux with a number of conversations during the game. I’m not sure Lemieux realizes what he’s asking for.
- Pasta earned NHL first star of the week for last week. First of many I hope.