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Bruins Lose First Game of the Season in Overtime to Rangers

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:16 PM
By Tim ODonnell

 

'Rangers Vs. Washington Capitals 9/24/09 Madison Square Garden' photo (c) 2009, Bari D - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
 Down 2-0 early in the first period, the Bruins faced an enormous mountain against the New York Rangers. While the Bruins were able to claw back and force overtime, they couldn't finish it. Marion Gaborik finished his hat trick 27 seconds into overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 win.

Early on it looked like the Bruins wouldn't even get one point out of the game. The Rangers struck twice in just over a two minute span and were in complete control in the first period. Gaborik got the scoring started in the first, taking a feed from Rick Nash on a 2-on-1 break and waited for Tuukka Rask to go down before roofing a shot into the net. Gaborik would also score the Rangers second of the period.

"We weren't sharp/ready to play so we had to get our heads into it-once we started doing that you saw a lot of time in our own end," Head Coach Claude Julien according to the Boston Bruins Twitter.

But after that goal, the Bruins started to turn things around and cashed in early in the second. While on the power play, Brad Marchand tipped a Dougie Hamilton shot past Henrik Lundqvist to cut the lead in half. It was the first power play of the season for the Bruins and first career point for Hamilton.

But the Bruins weren't done there. Milan Lucic continued to whack at a rebound before getting it on his backhand and sliding it past Lundqvist to tie the game at 2. The tie would last just 46 seconds before Taylor Pyatt would give the Rangers the lead again.

The Bruins forced overtime with under five minutes left in the third period. Nathan Horton found the puck in the high slot and wristed it into the net. It was his first goal since suffering his last concussion one year and one day ago.

Gaborik ended things very quickly in overtime after Andrew Ference mishandled the puck at the point, allowing Gaborik to race in alone from center ice.

While the end result is not what the Bruins wanted, there are still positives to be had. First, the Bruins fought back from a two goal deficit against one of the Eastern Conference top teams and earned themselves a point. It gives the Bruins five out of a possible six points in through the season's first three games. This team could have easily folded in on itself after being dominated in the early goings of the first period, but they didn't.

The penalty kill continues to be a specialty of this team. They killed off all five Rangers power plays, including a lengthy five-on-three early in the third period. They also created several scoring chances while shorthanded, a couple coming on that five-on-three.

The Bruins host the Islanders on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Tags: Andrew Ference, Boston, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Dougie Hamilton, Hockey, Marion Gaborik, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, New York Rangers, NHL, Taylor Pyatt, Tuukka Rask

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