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Game 12 Live Blog: Boston Bruins Vs. New York Rangers

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The Boston Bruins take a 3-2 OT win on the Brad Marchand game-winner over the New York Rangers and have now won four games in a row. We’ll have more shortly…

Here are five thoughts from the second period of the Bruins/Rangers with the B’s and Rangers locked in a 1-1 score with the Blueshirts after 40 minutes of play at Madison Square Garden.

 

  • Amazing period of goaltending. Tuukka Rask stopped all 14 shots he faced and Alex Georgiev stopped 18-of-19 shots at the other end of the ice. Rask twice robbed Mika Zibanejad of a pair of Grade-A goal-scoring chances including a 2-on-1 where Zibanejad lifted a shot off a perfect saucer pass from Chris Kreider. Based on his last couple of games, Rask is really getting into a “locked in” portion of his season, which is a really good development for the Black and Gold.
  • This feels like the kind of game where Boston’s role players are going to have to carry the day for the Bruins and that’s exactly what happened in the second period with Chris Wagner’s shorthanded score. Wagner did a great job stealing a puck from Artemi Panarin at the B’s blue line and then beat Panarin down the ice before beating Georgiev to his glove hand with a shot that dinged off the post. Just a great individual effort from Wagner on that one.

 

  • Seven shots on net and 11 shot attempts overall for Jake DeBrusk, who appears to be responding in his first game back from injury. He hasn’t scored yet, but it feels like it might be coming for the Bruins left winger.

 

  • Not a great night for Brandon Carlo, who was beaten in a one-on-one battle during the Rangers goal in the first period and then allowed a puck carrier behind him that led to a Craig Smith slashing call in the second period.

 

  • I hope somebody loves me someday like Pierre McGuire loves him some Adam Fox. My goodness.

Here are five thoughts from the first period of the Boston Bruins/New York Rangers with the B’s trailing by a 1-0 score to the Blueshirts after 20 minutes of play at Madison Square Garden.

  • Very “blah” first period for the Boston Bruins after not having played since last Friday due to the Buffalo postponements. They finished with six shots on net for the period and really didn’t have much going on in the first half of the first period at all.

 

  • Defensive zone breakdown from a rusty Matt Grzelcyk on the Rangers goal as both Grzelcyk and Brandon Carlo chased puck-carrier Brendan Lemieux behind the Bruins net, and Carlo lost a one-on-one battle with Lemieux that ended with a feed to Julian Gauthier crashing the front of the net. Gauthier scored his first NHL goal and the Bruins got what they deserved after playing loose with the coverage in the D-zone.

 

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  • Three shots on net and five overall shot attempts for Jake DeBrusk after the opening period in his first game back. DeBrusk is still doing a few more fly-bys than this humble hockey writer would like to see when chasing the puck, but he looked engaged and like he had his good skating legs for the Bruins.

 

  • One shot on net and three shot attempts for the Perfection Line in the first period. That’s not even close to good enough and it seems like they were caught right up in the first period malaise with the rest of the Bruins in the opening 20 minutes. The good news is that the Bruins get better as things go along in games this season, so they should be in store for some steady improvement over the final two periods.

 

  • No call on a gloved punch to the face from Mika Zibanejad on David Krejci during a sequence in the first period where it was clear afterward Krejci took a high hit. It might have been deemed unintentional by the referees as it happened (or maybe they just missed it completely), but Krejci was back for his next shift after taking the punch to the face.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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