March 4, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Rangers

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 2
NYR - 2

SHOTS
BOS - 24
NYR - 11

Two periods are down at MSG where the Bruins and Rangers are knotted up at two goals apiece.

During what was technically still the first period, due to a time carryover, Brad Marchand thought he'd buried the tying tally but the puck rolled along the goal line behind Lundqvist and stayed out.

There was no questioning Jordan Caron's blast at the 1:40 mark of the middle frame, however, as No. 38 tallied to make it 2-2. Caron now has a goal and an assist this afternoon.

The Bruins have simply dominated play since Claude Julien called timeout with his team in a 2-0 hole. Shots were 10-3 in favor of Boston in the second, as the B's have won countless battles along the boards.

The Bruins are 0-for-2 on the PP thus far, while the Blueshirts are 0-for-1. New York holds a 24-14 edge in hits, while the B's have won 20-of-38 faceoffs.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 1
NYR - 2

SHOTS
BOS - 14
NYR - 8

Twenty minutes are in the books down in New York where the Bruins trail the Rangers by a score of 2-1.

 There were three goals and three fights in the opening frame. On his first shift, and in his first NHL game, Lane MacDermid dropped the gloves with towering forward Mike Rupp. The grizzled veteran got the better of the rookie, driving his fist down on MacDermid's helmet before following up with a devastating uppercut. 

Later, Milan Lucic scrapped with Brandon Prust. The Bruins' winger was the clear victor, landing far more punches in the bout. 

Finally, Greg Campbell threw down with Stu Bickel at the 15:38 mark. The fight featured plenty of clutching and grabbing, so we'll call this one a split.

As for the goals, Anton Stralman got the Blueshirts on the board first. With Ruslan Fedotenko screening in front (and possibly making a tip), Tim Thomas couldn't see Stralman's shot from the point.

Just 1:10 later, Brad Richards dumped the puck down the ice. Carl Hagelin's wheels prevented an icing call. The winger came around the net and bounced a pass off multiple defenders, including Greg Zanon, and past Thomas to make it 2-0.

At the 7:57 mark, just 1:42 after the Rangers went up by two, Jordan Caron intercepted a pass and set up Benoit Pouliot in the slot. His quick slapper eluded Henrik Lundqvist, as Boston cut the lead in half.

For Pouliot, the goal mercifully ended an eight-game point drought. 

The period concluded early thanks to some shattered glasses and the remaining 2:53 will be added onto the second period.