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Boston Bruin Fall to New York Rangers 4-3 in a Shootout

February 12th, 2013 at 11:33 PM
By Tim ODonnell

Down 3-0 with just over 11 minutes left in the game, the Bruins faced a monumental task. They had to find a way to score three goals against Henrik Lundqvist, one of the league's best goalies who had stymied the Bruins the entire night. But that's exactly what they did.

David Krejci got the Bruins on the board, putting a rebound past Lundqvist with just over 11 minutes left in the game. After that, it looked as though the Bruins wouldn't be able crack Lundqvist again

And with under two minutes left and Rask on the bench for the extra skater the Bruins struck. Nathan Horton cut the deficit to one, again putting a rebound past Lundqvist. Under a minute later Brad Marchand tied the game with a snipe from the right faceoff circle.

After a scoreless overtime, the game would be decided in the shootout. That's where Ryan Callahan beat Tuukka Rask to give the Rangers to win.

The Rangers started the scoring midway through the first period. Carl Hagelin took a feed from Rick Nash and beat Rask. Derek Stephan extended the lead to 2-0 in the second before Anton Stralman made it 3-0 early in the third.

This was the last meeting between the two teams during the regular season. The Bruins finish at 1-0-2 against the Rangers.

Hagelin's goal was the result of bad puck management by Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid. Neither one had a good game, spending a lot of time running around their own end. Stralman's goal should have never gone in. It was an inredible soft goal for Rask to give up just as the Bruins were beginning to gain some momentum. Stralman shot it from a bad angle and somehow trickled through Rask.

The Bruins were overall very lucky to get a point out of this game. They had chances but couldn't convert until the last 11 minutes. They also played sloppy in the neutral zone and in their own end at times. Luckily, they have until Friday to figure it out when they are back in Buffalo to face the Sabres.

The Bruins have 18 out of a possible 22 points to start the season. Only Chicago (22) and New Jersey (19) have more.

Tags: Adam McQuaid, Andrew Ference, Anton Stralman, Boston, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Carl Hagelin, David Krejci, Henrik Lundqvist, Hockey, Nathan Horton, NHL, Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan

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