Sunday, April 01, 2012

Thomas Outduels Lundqvist

The Boston Bruins served notice tonight that they will be vigorous defenders of their Stanley Cup of last year with a 2-1 victory over the Rangers. This one was played before a Garden crowd that seemed more interested in serenading Potvin than in cheering the home team on.

The Rangers outshot the Bruins 34-21, outhit them 31-22, but mistakes by the two most reliable Rangers cost them the game or at least a point which would have clinched first place in the East. The Rangers now need a point in their last three games to clinch first over the Pens, who could help with a loss. The Penguins lost to the Flyers and the two teams are in a dogfight for fourth and fifth place. The two teams will meet in the playoffs, the only question is who will get home ice, not that it matters.

The game was tied at one when the two big miscues took place. Gaborik, with his 40th, opened the scoring in the first on a breakaway off of a blocked Chara shot. Dennis Seidenburg put a booming slap shot by Lundqvist, his 5th, to tie the game. Then came the play that cost the Rangers the game. Girardi tried to make an ill advised pass off the side of the Ranger goal and the puck was deflected to Patrice Bergeron who slipped it under Lundqvist.

To me after Thomas, Bergeron was number two star. Besides the winning goal he won 17 of 19 faceoffs leading Boston to a 67%-33% advantage over the Rangers. The Rangers did make a strong flurry at game's end and even though they out shot the Bruins it was the Bruins who looked sharper and quicker.

The Rangers called a time out with less than a minute to play and there was assistant coach Mike Sullivan diagramming a play and over at the Boston bench there was coach Claude Julien setting up his defense. I guess our coach was saving himself for the press conference, with no Sam to feed him some softballs. Fortunately I missed it. Unfortunately I didn't miss the game which shows me that a revitalized Boston team is going to be a serious threat to repeat as Stanley Cup Champs.

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ICINGS:

Scoring Summary:
G Per Time Str Team Goal Scorer Assist Assist
1 1 04:33 EV NYR Gaborik(40) unassisted
2 2 04:00 EV BOS Seidenberg(5) Chara(40) Marchand(27)
3 2 11:52 PP BOS Bergeron(22) Seguin(38)



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5 comments:

  • Andy said...
     

    Mike,

    I noticed as well that the garden seemed rather lifeless in this one. Like you said, just a bunch of the usual Potvin chants. Could have used a third man to help win a game like this.

    It also would've helped to have mr. Avery in a game like this. I say it all the time, but I know this team would be much more filled out if he wasn't blacklisted. Damn shame.

  • mike said...
     

    Andy-Forget Avery, at least as a Ranger as long as we have the egotistical coach disagreeable at the helm.

  • Andy said...
     

    Mike-Trust me i know. I can barely watch the rangers with him behind the bench and scowl at the thought of him lifting another cup. Which is pretty damn sad because i am a very, very big ranger fan.

    Hell, even if torts blows it and gets canned we'll still have the monster ego moron upstairs. Or wherever he hides these days

  • mike said...
     

    This is not new. Remember when Keenan shipped a productive Mike Gartner to Toronto for an over the hill Glen Anderson?

    Upstairs? You have The Stealth and The Absentee Owner. Put them with coach disagreeable and you have a trio that makes the Three Stooges look like rocket sientists.

  • Andy said...
     

    Of course it's not new. Indeed it is very old and quite embarrassing as a ranger fan. I don't have one inch of respect for torts, dolan and sather.

    That's why this is so shitty. As it was in 1994. I said "wherever he hides these days" because he's, well, stealth.

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