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King Henrik blanks the Bruins as Rangers take it 1-0

March 26, 2011

Tuukka Rask was the best Bruin on the ice but wasn't good enough as the Rangers beat the Bruins 1-0 in an ugly affair. (AP)

Derek Stepan‘s goal 6:39 minutes in was all the production the Rangers needed to beat the Bruins. In fact, nobody else scored in an ugly affair that ended 1-0, snapping the Bruins two-game winning streak. Henrik Lundqvist made all 26 saves and Tuukka Rask‘s lone blemish was enough to get a tough loss.

The Bruins looked to be the better team in the first few minutes, starting off with a long shift in the Rangers zone. Sean Avery saw this and decided to have a go with Gregory Campbell, unfortunately for the Bruins it happened when Brad Marchand was on a breakaway. The two were constantly off balance during the fight and maybe only one punch landed before the two fell to the ice. As expected, the game was noticeably more physical than the Montreal game.

The Rangers got on the board when they won a faceoff in the Bruins zone back to the point and then tipped home the shot, beating a screened Tuukka Rask. The faceoff should not have been in the Bruins zone as it was seen that the Rangers brought the puck in while offsides. Mike Sauer ripped the puck on net from the point and the shot deflected a few times on the way in with Derek Stepan getting credit for the goal.

The Rangers would get the game’s first power-play when Tyler Seguin was called for interference two minutes later. The Rangers would threaten on the power-play, compiling four shots, but couldn’t solve Rask. The power-play did give the Rangers a ton of momentum though after most of the middle of the period was spent in the Bruins zone.

The Bruins would regather some momentum towards the end of the period through puck possession but didn’t really test Henrik Lundqvist in the whole first period.


The Bruins momentum quickly went out the window when Mark Recchi was called for a ticky-tack hooking call in the beginning of the period. This led to another great Rangers power-play where they were able to keep the puck in the Bruins zone nearly the entire time but were once again not able to score.

The Rangers would then go on to dominate the first half of the period, outshooting the Bruins 10-0 to start the period over the period’s first 10 minutes. The Bruins would get their first power-play of the game with 8:29 left in the second period when Marian Gaborik was called for boarding. The ensuing power-play was mired with lack of possession thanks to an aggressive Ranger penalty-kill.

After the Bruins rallied off six straight shots Milan Lucic would stem the momentum when he was called for slashing with 3:31 left in the period. Patrice Bergeron would get a great chance on a 2-on-2 while on the shorthand but slipped and flew into Lundqvist at a high speed, shaking up the Rangers goalie so much so that the trainer had to come out and check him out. The Rangers would get three shots on net during the power-play but Rask stood tall through a chaotic stretch and kept the game 1-0.


Lucic would go to the box once again in the third period when he was called for slashing. The Bruins would survive the period but gave back a lot of momentum to the Rangers early in the third period.

The Bruins really started to storm the Rangers net in the second half of the period, desperate to tie the game. The Bruins appeared on the edge of scoring numerous times around the 14 minute mark but couldn’t beat Lundqvist, who stood tall despite his defense. The Bruins played like they were on the power-play down the stretch, keeping the puck in the zone for long periods of time. However, the Rangers forwards were willing to block shots and Lundqvist kept his team in it with great goaltending.

The Bruins pulled Rask with 90 seconds left in regulation but were still settling for too much play along the blue line. Their low play had been working wonders in the minutes prior. The Bruins couldn’t score and the Rangers would climb up the standings.

The Bruins next play tomorrow night against the Flyers.

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