Boston Bruins

Rangers Squeak Past B’s in OT: What Did We Learn?

[Photo via Bruce Bennett/Getty Images]

[Photo via Bruce Bennett/Getty Images]

In perhaps the first display of fatigue as a result of this shortened season’s breakneck pace, the Bruins only secured one point in Wednesday’s contest against the New York Rangers. Though Marion Gaborik’s hat trick is the prevailing story, the Bruins’ game had its momentary bright spots.

  • Any doubt in the first line is quickly evaporating. Milan Lucic asserted his physical presence in front of the net, and it materialized in a backhanded chip-in to tie it up midway through the second. Horton’s beauty of a one-timer
  • Dougie Hamilton notched his first NHL point by putting a shot on net for Marchand to tip-in. Expect more.
  • The PK was perfect. The PP is… getting there.
  • Tuukka Rask had some phenomenal saves, facing more chances in last night’s game than in the first two combined. Twice Rask snow-angel’d in the crease to stop the Rangers’ onslaught in front of the net. At one point in NBC’s broadcast, Pierre McGuire likened Rask to Chris Osgood. That’s 3-time Stanley Cup Champion Chris Osgood.Not bad gif
    The four goals Rask let up should not be cause for alarm, especially considering the amount of help he received from the defense. Speaking of which…
  • …the defense simply did not show up. Though Hamilton had a solid performance, the rest of defense offered little help to Rask as Tortorella maintained pressure early by double-shifting his stacked first line of Marian Gaborik/Rick Nash/Brad Richards. And it was Ference’s sloppy puck control that caused the turnover that lead to Gaborik’s OT goal.
  • Dennis Seidenberg needs to return as quickly as possible. Aaron Johnson was downright lousy. I would love to see Garnet Exelby take his place, but there is little no evidence to suggest that Claude has this in the works.
  • Adam McQuaid wailed on Brian Boyle, a BC alum, to stall the Rangers’ runaway momentum. No complaints here. Beyond that, the Merlot Line was less than satisfactory. A botched clearing attempt by Shawn Thornton led to Tyler Pyatt’s second period goal.
  • To give credit where it’s due, Marion Gaborik’s hat trick was very impressive. His first goal came on a set play beautifully executed and culminating in a jaw-dropping toe-drag top-shelf chip-shot from an impossible angle. Not only was his GWG impressive for the hand-eye coordination required to slap the rebound past Rask in mid-air, but because Boychuk was relentlessly hooking his gonads in the process.

This was by no means a loss for the B’s to be ashamed of. Many fundamentals were there; it was the sloppiness bookending the game that ultimately doomed them. The Bruins return to action back at the Garden tomorrow night against the Islanders.

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