February 14, 2012

Lundqvist, Rangers continue to haunt Bruins

By Jesse Connolly

Final: New York 3, Boston 0

Recap: After jumping ahead on a power-play goal from Ryan Callahan midway through the first, the Rangers caught a break when a Ryan McDonagh shot deflected off Zdeno Chara and past Tim Thomas to make it 2-0.

After a scoreless second period in which Boston held a 14-5 edge in shots, New York put the game away early in the third. Artem Anisimov tallied on a 2-on-1 to make it 3-0 and Henrik Lundqvist stopped everything thrown his way, finishing the night with 42 saves.

Records: New York 37-13-5, 79 points; Boston 34-18-2, 70 points

Key Play of the Game: During a wild scramble in the second period, the Bruins seemed to be on the verge of cutting the deficit in half, banging away in unison at a loose puck near the top of the crease. But Boston couldn't squeak anything by Lundqvist, even when he was forced to used a defenseman's stick during the sequence.

Connolly's Commendations: Gotta hand it to Henrik Lundqvist. Yeah, yeah. Usually this spot is reserved for those who play for the Bruins, but the fact that the King simply owns them makes him more than worthy of a well-deserved golf clap. Lundqvist finished the night with 42 saves for his 42nd career shutout. It sure feels like, gosh, 40 of them have come against the Bruins.

This is the part where I usually pat a member of the Black and Gold on the back, be it Patrice Bergeron for his faceoff prowess or Tim Thomas for his Facebook prowess compete level. Sorry, kiddos. Not tonight.

Connolly's Critiques: How many times can you face the same goalie and not put a puck by him? The Bruins are almost defying the odds here with their futility against Lundqvist. Pitiful. 

David Krejci has now gone six-straight games without a point. That's bad news bears. 

Joe Corvo is still deservedly the target of everyone's frustrations. No. 14 made a costly decision to pinch in/check a Ranger at the Blueshirt's blueline, which led to Dennis Seidenberg being left alone to stop a 2-on-1. He couldn't. 

Notes: Thomas has now given up three goals in three straight appearances. The Rangers held a 22-7 edge in blocked shots (that's enormous!).

Next: The Bruins are now on the road for all eternity. Their trip begins on Wednesday night when they visit the Bell Centre to take on the Habs.